Forrester Analyst Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2020

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Forrester Chairman, President, and CEO George F. Colony
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  1. "Great place to work with really smart people!"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Analyst in Denver, CO
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You are accountable for your own success, and you manage the path to getting there. Onboarding was fantastic, and the company prepares you well for customer interactions. The work is rewarding, and the team is supportive.

    Cons

    Honestly can't think of many downsides to working here. You are expected to produce, and that's the way it should be.

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  2. "Best experience of my career"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Principal Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I get to work on things that matter, and help global leaders with the questions they're struggling with. Incredible visibility into the market. I'm paid fairly. Excellent leadership in research and consulting. Lots of great support for the work itself. Superb HR leadership. The best colleagues of my career.b Great place for recent college grads to learn and grow.

    Cons

    The only reason I can't give 5 stars is because the company still has work to do with manager development. Bad bosses (bullying, abusive, grumpy) continue to get a pass here for far too long, and people who continue to do excellent client work and over-perform in spite of it, continue to go unrecognized.

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    "Great Career Support"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Clear paths to succeeding here. Great to work with other teams across the organization - very cross-functional work! Finally updating how we deliver research so very promising future for our IP.

    Cons

    Leadership is working on improving governance around research topics and this has been a little unclear, but will likely improve with time.

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    "Integrity, Transparency and Connection"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Vice President Principal Analyst 
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Forresterites care about and spend time connecting with each other and clients. We are very focused on how research impacts or can impact our clients and take that responsibility and opportunity to heart.

    Cons

    As a growing company, both organically and through acquisition, Forrester must rewrite processes to support that growth which, while required, are incredible frustrating to live through. They try to execute changes with care and consideration including getting input but sometimes they don't know what they don't know (don't we all).

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  5. COVID-19

    "Forrester - second to none"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Cambridge, MA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    During this horrible pandemic, the Executive Leadership team has been extremely transparent, supportive. encouraging and accessible to all of us. We are all in this together, and Forrester is leading by example

    Cons

    The only thing that is missing during this pandemic, is the actual face to face with my co-workers (in the office). WebEx and MS Teams does make it better.

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  6. "Lots of freedom and opportunity"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Vice President/Principal Analyst in Cambridge, MA
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    I have been working at Forrester full-time for more than 8 years

    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.

  7. "Best Job I've Ever Had, But a Lot of Work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Principal Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mix of creative autonomy with big company class support when you need it.

    Cons

    A lot of work. 50 plus hour weeks not uncommon. Travel can spike to 50%.

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  8. "Endless Opportunity"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Principal Financial Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company places heavy emphasis on great managers. I’ve seen managers at Forrester (who are some of the best managers of people I’ve ever met) say that they needed to do more for their people. I’ve seen most employees are in control of their Work/Life balance. Expectations are high, and I am absolutely set up to succeed. A lot of recognition (almost too much!) An “open door” culture that encourages growth in employees I would describe culture as: smart, intellectually curious, competent, respectful

    Cons

    The location is not great. Lunch options are tough. I got good at bringing lunch.

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Best company I have worked for"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Valuing intelligence, trusting and empowering people."

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Vice President, Principal Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Freedom to study the trends and topics that interest you, with minimal management interference Collaboration with intelligent, fascinating colleagues Global travel, if you want it Positive feedback every day from the clients we help

    Cons

    Too much task-switching sometimes, not good for people who like to focus on one task for however long it takes to complete it. Promotion isn't on merit but on how well you manage up. Unwillingness to acknowledge mistakes and, hence, learn from them.

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