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Does anyone have any insight into the Accenture ZBT team? I am northeast US. I have interviewed for both M&A, and growth strategy, but they think ZBT is the best fit for me. I have 5 YOE and would join as experience hire consultant. How is WLB/interesting work/is comp similar to strat? I could adversely also take offers from RSM or Forrester strategy teams (external facing). I welcome any feedback
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- "Forrester has great people and the mid senior level downward who are truly a pleasurer to work with." (in 253 reviews)
- "You will learn so much and the culture is great." (in 134 reviews)
- "Work life balance is good" (in 110 reviews)
- "A lot of great colleagues who are smart and try to do their best under declining conditions." (in 93 reviews)
- "Forrester offers good benefits and anywhere work" (in 92 reviews)
- "pay is low compared to industry standards" (in 53 reviews)
- "Feels like the employees are being punished for a bad year but not the exec team for their poor management." (in 50 reviews)
- "Low Salaries to start" (in 31 reviews)
- "Whereas some of the worst leaders are now in senior leadership roles apparently because they manage up very well." (in 30 reviews)
- "Already two rounds of layoffs and I’m sure there are more to come." (in 24 reviews)
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- 3.0Jan 6, 2011SalesCurrent EmployeeCambridge, MA
The people are fun and smart and it's a social place to work. The benefits are excellent. Management is pretty open. Very good place for young people to start a career. Over 80% of employees are under 30
Carreer path is not good at all and no way to advance in sales. If your in sales you dont get promotions and the pay is very low compaired to competitors. Management is always looking to pay sales less commission each year and the only people that get stock are directors. It's an old boys club and you get promoted if you know the right people.4
- 5.0Mar 18, 2010Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee
The people are smart and supportive. Great feedback culture and and incredible opportunities for advancement. Trying new jobs within the company is supported and encouraged. Best new hire experience I've ever had. Visible executive team, open and honest culture.
Pay can be rather low if you're not in sales or research.
- 3.0Mar 19, 2016Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee
- Awesome office with an interesting product to sell. You work with people who are smart and motivated.
- The corporate culture is lacking. They have the foundation for what you would imagine would lead to a good culture (cool office, funny room names, ping pong tables, instruments) but, because of the office location, it's almost a "commuter school". There's no where to go after work if you want to hang out, so everyone just goes to work and comes home, with occasional trips to the bowling alley next door.1
- 3.0Dec 29, 2010Sales ExecutiveFormer EmployeeFoster City, CA
Adults work there. Not good for the 20 something set. Very accomplished and smart people in research.
Dismal pay. Middle management and VP level culture is stuck in the 90's. Very structured and inflexible.2
- 5.0Mar 25, 2016SalesCurrent EmployeeCambridge, MA
Forrester's culture is truly unique. It's a special place with smart and empathetic people who help you to be your best. It's a healthy competitive environment and as long as you achieve and over-achieve your goals, the sky is the limit. Probably the best testament to the company is the number of 'boomerangs' who have returned after leaving. Says a lot about this place and how people feel about working here.
Forrester thrives on change. There is a lot of it. Not everyone likes change, but if you embrace it you'll love working here.3
- 4.0Aug 5, 2014Sales DirectorFormer Employee, more than 10 yearsCambridge, MA
Great Product, fantastic people, great work/life balance. Very smart and passionate people work there. They allow folks to grow and try new things which is great for younger folks just starting out.
Senior Management a bit disconnected, and the office location is dismal. The office building internally is beautiful, but it is in the middle of a field without access to anything without use of a car. Also, there has been a bit of transition happening lately, so much changeover in employees.2
- 4.0Jul 27, 2021ResearcherCurrent Employee, more than 5 yearsCambridge, MA
- Surrounded by a lot of smart and talented people - Work can be very interesting and fulfilling depending on the project - Good work/life balance - Handled work during the pandemic very gracefully
- Work can become stagnant after a while - Limited opportunities for growth/progression at times - Cambridge office by Alewife station is not the most desirable location - Pay feels a little low for certain types of roles
- 5.0Jun 24, 2021Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 10 yearsCambridge, MA
Top notch culture from the top down. The Exec Team is transparent and accessible. The company has made significant progress over the past year in keeping current with seismic shifts in the future of work. The new flexible work policy allows employees to work up to three days/week from home. The org is being much more open about diversity & inclusion and what we're doing to get better. Gender diversity has always been outstanding - half the employee base is female and more than half the current Exec Team are women. This is a community where you can truly bring your whole self to work - colleagues are truly curious about who you are and the path you took to get here. It is a kind and caring place of very smart and talented people. I've seen many people really grow their careers here.
Not the most innovative culture - product has lagged changes in the market.1
- 4.0Jan 27, 2010Anonymous EmployeeFormer EmployeeBoston, MA
Great group of smart people that really focus on producing a high quality product for customers. Good opportunity to advance. Very friendly environment, but one that challenges everyone to carry their weight.
Business model and organization structure is too complicated. Siloed sales structure is not in the best interest of clients. Too many layers of management in research and delivery.
- 4.0Jul 9, 2015Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 8 years
The people here are amazing and smart. We really make a difference and make businesses better at what they do.
There aren't a lot of cons except maybe the location is kind of isolated if you want to walk and get something for lunch or run an errand.3Forrester Response9y
You're right about the people here. They are amazing, really smart, and they do guide our clients through their greatest business challenges. Our Cambridge office is located just a 7-minute walk from Alewife Station on the MBTA Red Line. Perhaps it ‘feels isolated’ because much of that walk is through conservation land? For some, the walk is a welcome relief from their commute; others might prefer that the path be lined with lunch and after-work places. The good news for those in the latter category is that Boston Metro developers consider Fresh Pond/Alewife to be the next hot growth area. Whatever your preference, we work hard to provide cool, interesting, and inspiring events onsite. We are committed to building community through activities like on-site blood drives, triathlon coaching, financial counseling, an annual ‘battle of the bands’, and my personal favorite, the annual ping pong tournament. Thanks for your feedback and advice, we will continue to push boundaries and challenge thinking. Lucia Luce Quinn, Chief People Officer firstname.lastname@example.org