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Forrester Chairman, President, and CEO George F. Colony
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Pros
  • Work life balance is exceptional (in 86 reviews)

  • Surrounded by smart people who challenge each other's thinking (in 84 reviews)

Cons
  • Demanding work with lots of A-type personalities - hard to strike good work-life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • Not enough support from senior management (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "s"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Forrester (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great management, good career opportunities

    Cons

    Food in cafe is limited in choices


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Good company but Lack of Leadership and Vision"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Forrester full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Young people with good ideas
    - Perfect company for first experience in the research industry

    Cons

    - Too much turnover, no long term vision from the CEO and Board of Directors
    - Low Package
    - Gartner is 10 times Forrester's size
    - The Consulting Team is not well structured

    Advice to Management

    Retain your employee and work on the long term vision

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Respected and recognized"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Forrester full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Forrester is probably the best place to work on earth. I have been there for a good while now and I am happy everyday I wake up to go to...work ! Prior to joinning Forrester I just could not imagine this was possible.

    Cons

    It's very tricky to evolve in smaller offices due to the lack of opportunities


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Sales Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Paris (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Forrester full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company name is well known in the IT Industry. Forrester offers competitive salary and decent career opportunities if you accept the ever changing rules.

    Cons

    Employees well being, basic motivation and local rules are not part of prime company objective. Forrester use US style management everywhere without trying to adapt to different cultures.

    Advice to Management

    as long as you see employees like machines you can change, it will not work and you will not have long term success. Too many employees leave the company because you do not take their motivation into account.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Management should really implement the advice they give to other companies."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Forrester full-time

    Pros

    Prestige, frequency and variety of challenge, PR opportunities, large base of smart analysts to draw upon.

    Cons

    Poor management. Europe treated as a consultancy not research entity by US. Machiavellian research topic allocation.

    Advice to Management

    Take some of the advice from Forrester reports and apply it to your own organisation. Make research directors and practise leaders more accountable. Implement upward appraisals. Tailor roles to staff skills.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "A safari in the corporate jungle"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Account Manager in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Associate Account Manager in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Forrester full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance; very friendly environment mostly made up of smart quirky people;
    The company seems to finally have figured out a real strategy in the past year and now heading towards that direction with positive results;
    The job creates the opportunity to have C-level discussions and develop a good professional network.

    Cons

    General climate of condescension from management with the upper hierarchy manifesting with not speaking up the truth;
    The "ecosystem" as they call it turns out to be a real jungle, redundant and made baroque to say the least with a number of middle figures of doubtful value;
    Career paths are still quite blurred and promotions attributed on an uncertain basis, which leaves a lot of wiggle room for some less-than-professional middle managers to push forward their 'protegés'.
    Success in this company is more than any other I've seen in the past structurally based on personal relationships - the fact of having or not a personal good relationship with an analyst might make or break your business, since they still have a great degree of freedom on deciding for whom they have time or not;
    Although there are many exceptions, working with a good deal of analysts will feel to you like turning into the agent of some tyrannic teenage pop star, so you'd better start practicing your zen.

    Advice to Management

    less jargon, more action


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Top"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Levallois-Perret (France)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Levallois-Perret (France)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Forrester full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Mission Interessante et collegues stimulant

    Cons

    Manque de presence d'analistes francais

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Very satisfied"

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    Current Employee - Adm Manager in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Adm Manager in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It has been almost 2 months since I joined Forrester and I must say that I've received a ver nice and warm welcome and a lot of support from people around me. my manager, people in the Paris office which is my current location and my direct ecosystem have been very collaborative and happy to spend time with me to give sense to all the theory I've been listening to in my e-learnings & trainings. As a manager, I've been introduced to a wonderful team full of bright and talented people. I am so excited and inspired to begin this new year with this new challenge.

    Cons

    it can be quite complex and challenging


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Des profils brillants et une boite dynamique"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Forrester full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    La qualité des collaborateurs et du management que vous cotoyerez.

    Cons

    Une culture très américaine qui peut paraitre excessive aux français rebelles que nous sommes mais certains y trouvent leur inspiration...


  10. "Assistant chargé de compte"

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    Former Employee - Commercial préventes in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Commercial préventes in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Forrester full-time (More than 3 years)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Des gens biens / un savoir de qualité. Le meilleur endroit pour toucher à différents sujets et trouver ceux que vous aimez le plus et sur lesquels vous voudrez travailler lors de vos prochains postes.

    Cons

    Les perspectives d'évolution sont limitées et personne ne suit votre carrière, des changements constants dans l'organisation et la stratégie / le commandement et les différents rôles ont évolué bizarrement durant la dernière année.

    Advice to Management

    Ayez plus de considération pour vos employés, regardez-les et écoutez-les et si vous n'y parvenez pas ils vous quitteront sous peu.


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