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Gartner Research Vice President Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
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  • Work life balance can be much worse in some finance support roles which require uber amounts of overtime (in 62 reviews)

  • Middle management in sales is a joke (in 43 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (8)

    "Fantastic Place to Work, But Some Real Issues Remain"

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    Current Employee - Research Vice President in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Research Vice President in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to be as a research analyst, especially if you are in an area of high client demand and management attention. You work with incredibly smart people, get to interact with a wide range of clients and at least in my opinion, have a great work/life balance. The trick is to simply be on top of your calendar. The vacation and benefits are top-notch and the sales team, has definitely improved. If you know what metrics you are being measured on (and work to get good metrics), you are willing to take stretch inquiries and you become a friend of the sales team, promotions will happen.

    Cons

    There are still some real issues. Promoting top-performing 24 year-old AEs to manager isn't a great idea. As analysts, we can see the impact on AEs when they don't have a good manager and it causes extra work for us and pain for the client. The stack ranking system does seem unfair and some of the metrics really don't make sense. But I have been the beneficiary of it because I simply accept it and work to ensure my metrics are really good. They have plenty of dashboards to track everything, so you can benchmark yourself against everyone else. When it comes to internal use of technology and processes, the company should ask the analysts that cover those spaces for advice rather than operating in a vacuum. Finally, there are still some biases towards end-user research and that doesn't make sense given the changes in the market.

    Advice to Management

    The company is still great on so many fronts, but just because things are going well, doesn't mean that the cons that are brought up here aren't valid. SMB sales still needs fixing, especially on the management side. Get more creative when it comes to pricing and packaging. And maybe bring in some outside folks in senior management who can bring fresh ideas.


  2. "VP reaearch"

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    Current Employee - Vice President Research in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Vice President Research in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Smartest people anywhere. Collaborative culture.

    Cons

    Three ring circus, constant flood of emails. A bit heavy in process

    Advice to Management

    Allow for more exceptions to the rule.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "ok"

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    Current Employee - Vice President and Research Director in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Vice President and Research Director in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    autonomy, visibility, knowledge, Gartner analysts are the top of the analyst pile. Smart people with interesting backgrounds and a lack of fear to call things out when they see problems.

    Cons

    lots of red tape, difficult processes, increasing pressure on the "working" parts of the business (research) to carry the rest of the part that don't (events, sales, etc) places massive pressure to preforms, without commiserate compensation

    Advice to Management

    remove the non performers, increase the amount of influence that the performing parts of the business have on the overall business, value the analysts higher, they get offers everyday


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Thought Leaders"

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    Current Employee - Vice President, Research Analyst in Fort Myers, FL
    Current Employee - Vice President, Research Analyst in Fort Myers, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Brilliant people, flexible schedule, excellent reputation/brand, exposure to top executives

    Cons

    Bell curve distribution for annual reviews

    Advice to Management

    In a department of ten, it's very likely to have ten top performers; don't use this dated model to evaluate top talent.


  5. Helpful (10)

    "Research director"

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    Current Employee - Vice President and Research Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Vice President and Research Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Creative job, a lot of communication with vendors and enterprises, high visibility in the industry, respect, international travel around the globe

    Cons

    Countless job hours, you job never ends, because your counterparts work in different places around the globe and in order to collaborate, you have to adjust to different time zones.

    Advice to Management

    Management has become a micro-management, invasive, inhibit creativity. There are no face to face meetings with your peers. You might never see them in your life


  6. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Vice President and Research Director in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Vice President and Research Director in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunities, smart people. Good benefits.

    Cons

    High number of new employees due to rapid growth creates training challenges.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "You're not at AMR anymore"

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    Former Employee - Research Vice President in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Research Vice President in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gartner full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Can work at home. Lot's of smart people. Gartner owned the IT advisory market, so company will likely continue to do well.

    Cons

    Very hard to innovate - not very willing to listen to new ideas. Employees are managed the same way machines in a factory are managed. Many members of the executive team display autistic-like symptoms when attempting to interact with employees. This is what a good company looks like after it's soul has been extracted.

    Advice to Management

    Try to remember that the employees are human beings. Hope that clients don't ever figure out how mediocre the research is compared to offerings from the adventurous analysts that left.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great to work with smart people."

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    Current Employee - Research Vice President in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Research Vice President in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Client base offers rich value of experience. Every day can be a new experience. People can truly benefit from each other.

    Cons

    Very dsitributed workplace which can sometime feel isolating for people working from home. The complexity and change in the IT industry can make this a hard place to keep up in.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on analyst burnout.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Best company I have worked for"

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    Current Employee - Research Vice President in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Research Vice President in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As an analyst you have a great deal of freedom in terms of the research to focus on and develop. Most analysts are experienced professionals and thus management oversight is generally light.

    Cons

    The company develops solid research but it needs to become more aggressive with respect to the development of thought leading research.

    Advice to Management

    Re-think the performance metrics to further leading edge research.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Best job I have ever had!"

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    Current Employee - Research Vice President in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Research Vice President in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    An incredibly stimulating environment that challenges your intellect as well as your creativity. Great colleagues and the freedom to follow your interests.

    Cons

    The job requires strong self motivation and a desire to succeed. No one is going to do your job for you and no one is going to stop you from working way too much. You are in charge.

    Advice to Management

    Stay in touch with new employees that work from home. Make sure the isolation is not creating barriers to their success.