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Forrester France Reviews

Updated November 28, 2016
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Pros
  • Work life balance is exceptional (in 79 reviews)

  • Lots of smart people conducting lots of research looking for ways to change the behavior of technology and marketing professionals (in 79 reviews)

Cons
  • Demanding work with lots of A-type personalities - hard to strike good work-life balance (in 19 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


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    "Global Account Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very open organization with strong intelligence

    Cons

    SFDC addict company with lack of business intelligence


  3. 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


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Great people but not for the faint of heart"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Forrester full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, customer-first mindset, strong brand, many opportunities to learn beyond your role and take new responsibilities.

    I wake up every morning knowing that I will meet great clients, work with smart people and have the opportunity to make a difference. If you thrive on change, challenge and continuous learning, come to Forrester!

    Cons

    All decisions are taken in Cambridge (MA) so if you are not "in the circle" your chances of being heard and developing your career will be limited. However, everyone has the opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities and be recognized by their contribution to business (measured by the appropriate metrics), so it is a matter of working on your personal brand and delivering the deeds.

    Everyone's bonus is linked to the top-line (a good thing in my opinion) but there is a lot of pressure to achieve quarterly goals, making long-term investments more difficult. Many Managers are promoted from the "inner circle" and, as a consequence, do not always have the hands-on and international experience necessary to help the operational teams do their jobs better.

    We are small and complex, so new recruits struggle to build their own ecosystem. The recent push to create streamlined processes and stronger on-boarding training has improved this ten-fold but there is still some way to go. Come prepared to become a good corporate citizen but also demonstrate business acumen, initiative, flexibility and passion.

    Advice to Management

    Our strategy is sound and we are much better on execution than before. Keep pushing for streamlined processes, weeding out the dead wood, rewarding (true) performance, eating our own dog food and listening more often to those in the company who meet with (happy and unhappy) customers.


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    "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


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    "Unstable"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Forrester full-time

    Pros

    Great work colleagues, Interesting content, pleasant office environment

    Cons

    Highly isolated from parent operations. Unpredictable, More management vs Leadership style

    Advice to Management

    Requires more empathy and leadership. Emotional intelligence does not exist.


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    "Open and very flexible work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Forrester full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Forrester nurtures a very open minded culture that fosters strong collaboration across teams and does enable to lead innovative initiatives and to shape ones job nearly as one wants (with the exception maybe of sales who have less bandwidth than other functions at Forrester). The company also offers a very flexible work environment: Working remotely is part of the culture, which means you can decide to work at the office or from home (or from wherever else), as long as you achieve your goals, it doesn't matter to management where you are.

    Cons

    Forrester thrives on change so the company does evolve its strategy every year, which means your goals and what your mission is about, will tend to change as well on a regular basis. Anyone who's not keen on change wont be happy at Forrester. Forrester is also a North American company, so the culture is very much American, with its highs (very open and positive culture) and its lows (there sometimes a lack of understanding of the business oversees).


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Sales Account Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. 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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "A safari in the corporate jungle"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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



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