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Forrester Research Reviews

Updated 31 August, 2014
Updated 31 August, 2014
279 Reviews

3.7
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Forrester Research Chairman, President, and CEO George F. Colony
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work-life balance at Forrester is really refreshing and strongly encouraged (in 31 reviews)

  • Really smart people and has a great place in the market (in 42 reviews)


Cons
  • Pay is on the lower side, but work/life balance and culture make up for it (in 12 reviews)

  • There is a hesitence to speak the truth to senior management (in 15 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great analyst team. Top management decisions sometimes disconnected from the field

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Forrester Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A company with top quality analysts. A great place to work when you want to stay on top of key business and technology trends. Being positioned on both Marketing/Strategy and IT domains is a definite plus. Good clients.

    Cons

    Top management is sometimes disconnected from the reality on the field. Too many management levels for a company that size. Middle management not so impressive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Involve staff on the field in a better way, listen, then act.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Work Culture

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    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I have been working at Forrester Research full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart ppl. The Work Culture is very open. There are no closed door cabins for anyone in the company. Summers are fun! Volleyball, Corn hole, Ping pong, Golf etc. HQ location is good.

    Cons

    Compensation could be better. There is some politics as you go higher.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benefits could be better - 401K match, bonus, profit sharing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Not a bad place to be

    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Forrester Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great place to work in terms of perks. They'll feed you, give you beer, and give you a bunch of fun things to participate in.

    Cons

    There is a disconnect between the written job responsibilities and what you'll actually do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company to work for

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    Former Employee - Sales Director  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I worked at Forrester Research full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Been doing things the same way for many years, need a bit more innovation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company to work for!

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  New Delhi (India)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New Delhi (India)

    I have been working at Forrester Research full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great culture, and transparent commission structure

    Cons

    Need to have a focused India Strategy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to empower your employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company to work for out of college.

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    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I have been working at Forrester Research full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work life balance, ability to work from home.

    Cons

    Management could be a little more interactive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A good reputable company but sales pressure can be overbearing

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    Former Employee - Sales Director  in  Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I worked at Forrester Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You get to work with very smart, educated, and dedicated colleagues who have strong opinions but sincerely want to hear and discuss yours. There's a good camaraderie amongst employees who are, in general, very good, solid individuals. The amount, type, and quality of sales training was impressive. Overall, Forrester is an ethical company and is the least political one I've worked for. Its unbiased research provides good value to customers at a fair price.

    Cons

    Sales is a tough slog. The sales pressure is endless with no downtime. Sales persons are saddled with a lot of sales admin as the company is very lean and doesn't believe in assistants. There's a frequent turnover in sales people. In order to make their quotas, the majority of analysts take on only paid consulting engagements and have to ignore joint visits with sales to help win over potentially lucrative prospects. This puts a significant burden on the sales team and contributes to a high lost opportunity cost especially in developing markets. The company is conservative and risk-adverse whereby policy can oftentimes trump common business sense.

    Recommends
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    Buzzing atmosphere, but maybe not for technology roles.

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    Current Employee - Business Solutions Architect  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Business Solutions Architect in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I have been working at Forrester Research full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You'll be surrounded by smart people. It's always interesting to talk to colleagues. Management is very open and collaborative. You never feel in the dark about what's going on in the organization. Free access to read research - you'll be on top of all the market trends before they even happen. Organizational changes often to meet market needs so they're unlikely to ever get caught behind the times. Forrester lives in the future.

    Cons

    No path to promotion for technical roles. Work is not challenging. Pay is less than average.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company and very smart people

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    Current Employee - Senior Advisor  in  Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Dallas, TX (US)

    I have been working at Forrester Research full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Forrester has been a great place for me to work at. Great work / life balance. It's a place you can feel welcome

    Cons

    The career path is not an easy one. Once you move from an associate to a senior individual contributor, it's hard to move over.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It will change your life...for the better.

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    Current Employee - Associate Account Manager  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Account Manager in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I have been working at Forrester Research full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work/life balance, incredible benefits, opportunity to work with brilliant minds and educated professionals, entrepreneurial culture, you get to work with influential business leaders in both IT and marketing, it improves business acumen, sharpens selling tool-sets, get to be on the cutting edge of business technology.

    Cons

    Low end of compensation for the industry, not many opportunities for growth/advancement/management. takes a one-size-fits all approach to products, too many layers of superfluous mid-management, training leaves much to be desired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work with how you regard your clients and employees, but get rid of the dead weight!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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