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Updated December 14, 2018
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Forrester Chairman, President, and CEO George F. Colony
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Pros
  • "They care about work-life balance" (in 103 reviews)

  • "Work with smart people who enjoy being here; people who care about doing great work" (in 90 reviews)

Cons
  • "The work can get consuming -- it's important to actively manage your work-life balance" (in 31 reviews)

  • "Senior management plays that they want to know any matter no matter how big or small that may be an issue for staff" (in 26 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (7)

    "Best culture I've experienced in my 10+ years in the business world"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing Culture
    Tremendous Focus on Employee Experience
    Innovative Mindset Throughout the Organization
    Transparency Among Leadership and Colleagues
    Intelligent and Thoughtful Colleagues
    Challenging the Norm is Promoted and Expected
    Respectful and Professional Environment

    Cons

    Sometimes the rush to be innovative can cause some inefficiencies, but the company is generally very self-aware of its areas for improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Excellent work...this is the best culture I've experienced after 10+ years at various companies in multiple industries.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "10 Year Reflective"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Just recently celebrated my 10 Year anniversary at Forrester Research. I'm so thankful for the opportunity to work for such a quality organization these past 10 years. George Colony is such a great leader. I feel he’s equally concerned with employees as he is with our clients and financial performance. Some of the many pro's of working at Forrester include Senior Leadership, Culture, Work/Life Balance, Professional Opportunities and Pay/Benefits.

    Cons

    Nothing major outside the daily ups and downs.

    Advice to Management

    Continue pursuing new opportunities which add to our product portfolio. Recent acquisitions have added enthusiasm and provided many new opportunities for employees.

  3. "Good company, some growing pains"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Forrester full-time

    Pros

    Forrester is a very great company. Lots of very welcoming, kind, and smart individuals. Competitive salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Some teams struggle to represent the culture and morals of the company and are very negative. While I know others are not. With acquisition in 2019, I foresee a lot more growing pains to come.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Unbelievable Culture!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The interview and on-boarding process is like nothing I've ever seen. The managers are very intentional about your ramping process. I feel supported, empowered to ask questions and I am loving this experience thus far!

    Cons

    No Cons that I can see yet.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain and protect the culture! It is Forrester's most valuable asset.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Principal Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture; comprehensive benefits and perks; working with a smart and driven group of people; opportunity to contribute to an amazing knowledge base

    Cons

    limited lunch choices (although delivery service is good)


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Forrester full-time

    Pros

    Great corporate culture and managers are invested in their employees. Always open to change and Advice on improvements.

    Cons

    I don’t have much to offer here.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Great Place, Great People, Great Benefits"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Strong onboarding process
    - Travel (depending on position)
    - Helpful and intelligent colleagues
    - Professional, but not stuffy, work environment
    - HR hosts many seminars on a variety of topics to further employee growth
    - Easy access to learning about trends and analysis in different industries
    -Benefits are nice: Fair amount of time off/personal/sick, stock options, work from home once a week after 6 months, and in the summer there is a free ice cream truck.

    Cons

    - Career growth is unclear and not well-defined (depending on position)
    - Innovation is constantly talked about, yet some practices are a bit outdated

    Advice to Management

    Focus on career growth and letting employees know what the next step is. A career goal/timeline will help employees to know what they are working towards and when it can be expected.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Forrester full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Forrester's culture is its best asset. If you're a good fit you'll love it here (and 90% of new hires are a good fit due to the outstanding and complex hiring process).
    It accomplishes the feat of being both a challenging yet comfortable place to work at day-in and day-out. We have an above average amount of employees who left Forrester and came back later in their career for this very reason.
    This is a result-driven company that discourages micro-management.
    The company encourages internal innovative projects and prioritizes employees development.

    Cons

    The workload can get heavy but managers expect us to speak out and will actually help.
    This is a result-driven company culture, which works great for me, but might not be ideal for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Continue prioritizing and nurturing the Forrester culture over financial metrics.


  9. "Good people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Forrester full-time

    Pros

    Good people - the most friendly, encouraging people - comapny really cares about work life balance

    Cons

    Organization is confusing, executive opinions change frequently

    Advice to Management

    Stick to one place - have a structure that encourages collaboration instead of internal competition


  10. "Great Place To Learn"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is incredibly curious, and the growth potential is incredible for those with only a couple years experience out of college. Although I can't speak to other companies first-hand, the work-life balance seems to some of the best in the industry.

    Cons

    The pay is sub-standard for the industry, but for me I could justify it by turning off my computer and being home at a reasonable hour each night.