Great people, messy management...just another corporation?
Consulting (Former Employee) – Cambridge, MA – February 17, 2015
Forrester is a research firm filled with some of the best business minds in the nation, all driven by a culture of collaboration. It is also a very flat organization as all levels of employee are required to step up to the plate. There are a lot of resources, opportunities to learn, and people to network if you are up to the challenge. The people of Forrester are its greatest resource and greatest ally.
However, for as much good as Forrester offers, there is also bad. Forrester consistently advises its clients to be flexible and capable of adapting to changing business environments quickly, yet internally management is slow to react to change and even more slow to implement new policy or procedure. There is little communication between offices to ensure that processes are universal.
While overall my opinion of Forrester is extremely positive, the intentionally deceitful manner in which they chose to handle a round of layoffs (which, while unpleasant, are a natural part of any business and should be approached both professionally & truthfully) raises the question of whether Forrester has become just another corporation and whether their values of 3CIQ (Client, Collaboration, Courage, Integrity, and Quality) should, in fact, be 2CIQ.
Ping pong table, Great work life balance, Engaging material
Upper management, Lack of food options, Remote location (most employees in Boston area, management in suburbs...mgmt won)
Team Leader (Former Employee) – Paris – February 23, 2016
As a sales professional. You have to make sure you do enough to be lucky to achieve your targets. The organisation changes every 2 years. makes me feel like they still are trying to find their position in the market.
Great place to start your career or begin a new one!
Account Executive - Major Accounts (Former Employee) – Dallas, TX – August 6, 2015
Forrester is a great place to start your career or begin a new one. You will be part of one of the biggest, most notable brands in the world. And, because of this, you will be able to interact with fortune 1000 c-level executives on a daily basis.
The people are sharp.
The management, while a bit "pie in the sky" are great folks.
And most of all the culture is truly unbeatable.
culture, beer, cerebral environment
stagnant executive leadership inhibiting the growth potential
Sales (Current Employee) – Cambridge Ma – December 6, 2014
If you like a lot of gray areas and being let down, this is the place for you. Do not get into sales. It's beyond a boiler room. Managers calling and emailing all hours of the day and night. No balance for out of work family life. Management changes the rules as they go and reps claim and steal deals they have not worked on. Watch your back is all I'm saying. Really think about your quality of life because it will diminish if you sign. They have gone after ex employees for non competes and won't help you in negotiating. They would rather lose a deal and blame you. Please think again and ask why they laid off so many good people and why do top executives keep getting fired or leaving.
I've worked at Forrester Research for almost 5 years, and this is what I can tell you:
Great culture Great work/life balance Great value in what we do for businesses Work never gets boring Work with brilliant people Knows how to mold fresh minds into seasoned professionals All are treated with respect
Bottom line: the best job I've ever had and has changed my quality of life, and afforded many of my dreams to come true. I feel that I am a true contributor, and that I am a value to those I work with both internally and externally.