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  • "I’ve seen most employees are in control of their Work/Life balance(in 138 reviews)

  • "Working with very smart people, things have been positively changing in the past 2 years and a strong feeling of belonging throughout the company(in 101 reviews)

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  • "Cambridge office feels very disconnected from main parts of the city(in 47 reviews)

  • "Need somewhat better work / life balance(in 36 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Lots of freedom and opportunity

      Apr 10, 2020 - Vice President/Principal Analyst in Cambridge, MA
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      Pros

      Work with really smart people. You get to solve hard problems for clients. Never boring. The only limit is you. You feel part of a family.

      Cons

      It takes time to find balance and avoid burnout - you have to set your limits and work on time management.

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Amazing culture, smart people

      Jan 7, 2020 - Leadership Board Advisor in Cambridge, MA
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      Pros

      -Wonderful culture -Smart people -Terrific brand recognition -well respected company by customers -Powerful, relevant insights at the center of the research -good benefits, much improved due to excellent leadership in EX/HR

      Cons

      -Pay is generally not competitive -Office location is tough

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Solid but not without flaws

      Nov 9, 2019 - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
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      Pros

      - If you want one, you have a clear path to a platform, both internally and with clients. Capable folks get a seat at the table to really influence decision-making and direction. - It’s rare to find a bad manager here; a lot of training and resources put into empowering team leaders - Brand name carries weight - Lots of opportunities to move between functions - Solid benefits (recently extended parental leaves) - Flexible commute (in some cases), good work/life balance - Stimulating work and access to tremendous resources in the form of smart people and research

      Cons

      The company has been changing and innovating a lot the last few years, which is great, but executing on that change has missed and missed often. Growth pressures mean that new solutions are often put to market before they’re properly vetted, and when they fail, there’s a clear drag in morale. Recent acquisitions (FeedbackNow, Glimpzit) and product pursuits are initially touted as the next big difference-maker but quickly fade into the background. The company has pushed to digitize many client experiences but development resources to support them are simply not there. This means that Forresterites are asked to bring sub-par tech to their clients and hold the bag when something doesn’t deliver. Whether you ask for it or not, sales pressures are behind each and every role at Forrester, even if you work in Product. Pressures to renew, enrich, and hit revenue targets often distract from the core goal of driving strategy through thought leadership and research. This means that non-quota carriers are expected to play a key role in the sales process without being compensated for doing so. The HQ manages to lack both the perks of being in a city (next to no food or entertainment nearby) AND the benefits of working in the burbs (expensive parking and congested commute). Forrester is very conservative with compensation; some feel that the culture makes up for it, others don’t and move on. Whether it’s related or not, attrition has been an issue more recently.

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      8 people found this review helpful
    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Best company I have worked for

      Oct 22, 2019 - Analyst in Cambridge, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Lots of smart people, work-life flexibility, great management, lots of social activities

      Cons

      Compensation and benefits are competitive but there is room for improvement.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Endless learning opportunities

      Oct 3, 2019 - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
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      Pros

      Forrester truly hires incredibly smart people. Our motto of "Challenge thinking. Lead change" is actually completely accurate. I am surrounded by people who push me to think differently. You are given the autonomy to change things if you see a better way to do it, to create processes that may not have existed, you are taught how to think about the larger picture, etc. (I could go on forever). It is a great place to start and/or grow your career in ways I never thought possible. In just over a year, I feel like I have learned 5+ years of information and have made connections throughout the entire company. As for our leadership at the C-level, I don't think I could ask for more. They are willing to listen to feedback and take to heart what employees say they want/ need to make their lives better.

      Cons

      There is a need for increased working flexibility (flex hours/ days off/ WFH days/ etc), but I think that will come in due time. I have faith in exec leadership to stay up to par on industry standards.

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Exciting place to be!

      Oct 2, 2019 - Manager in Cambridge, MA
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      Pros

      - Exciting new products we are offering to our clients. - You get to work with some really smart people who will consistently push you to challenge your own thinking. - Opportunities to raise your hand to get involved in or lead new projects, regardless of your level. - Executive leadership is approachable and visible to all levels of the organization.

      Cons

      - Lots of opportunities to develop and grow self / career at Forrester offered within the organization. Would be helpful to be able to attend training / conferences specific to your field outside of the organization.

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    7. 4.0
      Former Freelancer

      Analyst

      Nov 14, 2018 - Anonymous Freelancer 
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      Pros

      Great place to work and lots of smart people.

      Cons

      None if you like lots of learning

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    8. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Death by Micro-Management & Culture shift

      Apr 9, 2018 - Account Director in Cambridge, MA
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      Pros

      There are a lot of good, smart people at Forrester on the research side. Can't say much about other leadership teams.

      Cons

      Micro management, abrupt changes to product and sales terrority , 90% turnover ratio on the mid-market new business sales team over the past 3 years. Organization is going through a cultural shift and employees aren't happy. Hard to grow internally unless favored by leadership. Extremely low low compared to industry b2b sales.

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      15 people found this review helpful
    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great Place To Work And Grow

      Mar 16, 2018 - Analyst in Cambridge, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Smart people, challenging, positive work environment, no drama, friendly co-workers, lots of company events.

      Cons

      Open cube environment (no offices) but quiet, unique business so most people feel lost when they first start, not great on-boarding training at the department level and no ongoing training (after you start, you're pretty much on your own).

      4 people found this review helpful
    10. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      I’ve been working at Forrester for 4 years and many changes have taken place, unfortunately for the worst.

      Feb 22, 2018 - Customer Success Manager in Cambridge, MA
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      Pros

      Depending on what team you’re on, you could be working with some pretty smart people. Everyone’s willing to help if it benefits them.

      Cons

      Culture has changed tremendously over the past 1-2 years. Forrester use to be a fun and exciting place to work at until something has taken over for the worst. Many departments are being transferred to TN and if your asked to go and you don’t then you’re pushed out the door. Many high level executives left recently.

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      9 people found this review helpful
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