Forrester Employee Reviews about "cambridge"

Updated Jun 2, 2020

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Forrester Chairman, President, and CEO George F. Colony
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  • "I’ve seen most employees are in control of their Work/Life balance(in 134 reviews)

  • "You get to work with some really smart people who will consistently push you to challenge your own thinking(in 99 reviews)

Cons
  • "Cambridge office feels very disconnected from main parts of the city(in 46 reviews)

  • "A bit siloed with a disconnect between departments; Workload can be heavy making the work-life balance difficult(in 35 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to grow and learn"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Researcher 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ample opportunities to take on exciting projects, gain valuable experience, and grow at the firm

    Cons

    Cambridge office feels very disconnected from main parts of the city

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Economic Customer Enlightenment"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Desktop Support Engineer in Cambridge, MA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Forrester full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I work with intelligent, compassionate, driven people with the customer as a main focus to empower through our research. I work with very hard working nice people!

    Cons

    I have nothing adverse to say about Forrester. I wish we had a Starbucks, Panera Bread or a Duncan Donuts at Cambridge Discovery Park.

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  3. "Great Place to work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Solution Sales Manager in Paris
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    True thought leadership company where engaging with high profile people (internally and on client side) is part of daily life. Overall working culture is great with emphasis on a true employee experience

    Cons

    So far, overall strategy is centralized in Cambridge, US where we are headquartered. It is changing with a new orientation toward more and more localization

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to learn and grow if you're willing to work for it"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Principal Advisor in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are always opportunities to learn, whether it's by reading research or engaging directly with analysts and consultants. You're given clear direction about what success looks like and you're given support to help get there. You're also provided tools that help you be productive from just about anywhere. Many (but not all) managers are flexible about work location, which should be the case 100% for a global company that has a good-sized remote workforce. You're constantly surrounded by really smart, nice people who are trying to do the right thing all the time.

    Cons

    The location of the Cambridge HQ makes for a terrible commute and there are no restaurants, coffee shops, etc. nearby other than the underwhelming shared cafeteria. The one-day-a-week WorkSmart program for office-based workers is outdated and needs to be expanded and more flexible.

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  5. "Solid company"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Sales 
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Constant learning environment, people are willing to help one another, People take pride in their work.

    Cons

    Occasional lack of resources, career trajectory is tough outside of Cambridge, compensation is good not great.

  6. Helpful (2)

    "The place to be if you want to learn something new EVERY day"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Customer Success Manager in Cambridge, MA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great work/life balance (truly) - Extremely intelligent/motivated employees - C-suite is very accessible - Opportunity for vertical and horizontal career growth

    Cons

    - Food options for purchase are somewhat limited (Cambridge office) - Parking is a bit expensive (Cambridge office)

  7. "Great people and flexible management"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Current Employee 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

    - Smart and collaborative colleagues - Flexible management who really care about you and your growth - Solid benefits package

    Cons

    - Food options are somewhat limited (Cambridge) - Parking is expensive (Cambridge) - Compensation can be considered low

  8. "We actually get paid to help our clients!"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
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    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Forrester's research, consulting, and data teams all work to help clients on a daily basis. And people are excited by that possibility. And it shows. And the clients are highly appreciative of the help. The atmosphere in the smaller offices (San Francisco and New York, primarily) is highly collaborative and energizing. Our new-ish employee experience focus allows the research and consulting practices to find what's next and keep challenging our clients reshape their thinking.

    Cons

    The technology we use is old and it slows down our work. If you are not in the Cambridge headquarters, getting adequate timely technical support is often a challenge. Overall, the Cambridge headquarters in the nerve center of decision making and for those outside of it, it can be challenging to understand the decision making process. Compensation feels slightly below where it needs to be, especially as many in the analysts ranks leave for the vendor or user world, where they are more generously compensated. Finally, especially in some areas, diversity in the company remains a major hurdle yet to be overcome.

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  9. "Amazing culture, interesting work, but slower pace"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Advisor in Cambridge, MA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I can't imagine a company with a better culture for people early in their careers. People here are very welcoming and friendly, and there is a strong sense of shared success in the company. On the personal level there is absolutely a sense of warmth in the office.

    Cons

    For a variety of reasons, the company can feel sluggish when it comes to innovation and change, and straight up sleepy if you're in the Cambridge HQ. Despite a broad culture of community, most working teams sit siloed into their "pods," with very little interactions with other teams during the day. Innovation projects tend to take place behind closed doors and most people feel disconnected from decisions that either directly or indirectly will affect their product/team.

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to grow - a 30 year old startup"

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

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

    Pros

    For a 30 year old company, still run by a founder, there is always the possibility that there is stagnation - NOT at Forrester! The company is trying to be more agile and respond more to what drives our clients to succeed than what we think is best. The people and culture are something I wish I had my entire career.

    Cons

    working in the Cambridge HQ can be a tough commute, but once at the end of the journey, the people and challenges can make it worthwhile. While there is no "politics" to speak of, there is an active value of "Courage" that takes some getting used to.

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