Abt Associates

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Abt Associates Reviews

Updated November 9, 2014
Updated November 9, 2014
93 Reviews
3.4
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Abt Associates President and CEO Kathleen L. Flanagan
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance can become imbalanced at certain project cycle times (in 26 reviews)

  • work life balance, some very smart people, decent salaries and good benefits (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Likes to push how great its work/life balance is - don't buy it, they don't really care (in 4 reviews)

  • Many staff, especially junior staff, have challenges finding adequate coverage when the projects they are hired for end (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Summer Internship

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Abt Associates as an intern

    Pros

    Great opportunity to understand the private sector side to public work– people are motivated to doing the best job they can.
    People have a ton of experience though opportunities for promotion seemed limited if you only have a Bachelors

    Cons

    Internship could have used much more structure— did not have a clear understanding of tasks or goals of my position

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Associate Analyst in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Abt Associates full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good environment that is not internally competitive and people are hard-working but happy. You can feel good about working for this mission driven company. The employees are truly passionate about the work they do.

    Cons

    Change is hard and the company is quite divided by division and practice area. Even if you have experience or interest in another area it is difficult to work on projects that are outside of your hired division

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Lightening speed growth in technology tools to get work done

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at Abt Associates full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Training is provided to staff when new technology is rolled out and someone is always there to answer questions, you are never left behind. Company is always thinking of the next best system for each department to use.

    Cons

    My challenge was finding a mentor that goes through the same familiar work to help with challenges with the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to change to new technologies and new processes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    A company attempting to make the changes that it needs to.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Abt Associates full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The breath and scope of many of the jobs is impressive; a range of skills is often called upon (which is good) and a very diverse, smart group of people are there to work with.

    Opportunities for technical inputs and travel are also valuable and a fabulous part of working at Abt Associates. Work life balance can become imbalanced at certain project cycle times!

    Cons

    There is some fragmentation between the Depts. and thus communication can be less than ideal. The split between international and domestic work is pronounced and a real shame as these two division have more in common than they seem to realize.

    HR has made some solid improvements in recent years, with the exception of the leadership in Recruitment, which is poor, naive and lacking in any knowledge of development - the firm's bread and butter!

    But overall I believe Abt is, or will make, the necessary changes to thrive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the staff appraisal system and performance related pay (always an issue). Change the Recruitment leadership to be more in line with client needs. Continue to diversify the portfolio to ensure a variety of donors are lured, not just the US government.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A changing atmosphere - in a good way

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Abt Associates full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Change management seems to be a theme -- office space changes, leadership changes, department changes but they all seem to be on the same upward trajectory, being financially sound, becoming more agile and diversified. Leadership changes in departments like HR have been good. New team in place has made great strides in partnering with divisions and departments and are accessible. Very nice culture of people connected to the mission and value of diverse perspectives and critical thinking. CEO has great entrepreneurial attitude and brings competiveness and impactful strategy to the forefront.

    Cons

    Some colleagues are not willing to consider fresh perspectives - often refer to "that is not how we have always done it."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to make positive changes, even if the naysayers are not on board.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A fun job conducting many interesting phone interviews and surveys.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Telephone Research Interviewer in Hadley, MA
    Former Employee - Telephone Research Interviewer in Hadley, MA

    I worked at Abt Associates as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You meet lots of people, you learn a lot about the projects you work on (job assistance programs, banks, health care, etc) and it's pretty easy work.

    Cons

    People will occasionally hang up on you but no big deal, you're making too many calls to remember anyway.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be nice to the interviewers and encourage them, don't treat them like kids.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Abt Associates full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pros: Flexibility, room for growth

    Cons

    Cons: to be considered: non

  9.  

    Good mission-driven research consulting firm with intelligent, skilled staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Abt Associates full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hands down, the people. Staff at Abt are very smart and experienced. Probably varies based on division, but my bosses have been excellent mentors. Also, the company provides good opportunities for growth, both in terms of skills/responsibility and promotion. Salary, merit increases and benefits are solid, although salary may not stack up as well against other larger consulting firms.

    Cons

    Like other consulting firms, when projects/accounts end and there's a dry sales year, people will be let go. Sometimes there aren't enough bodies to do the work required, leading to poor work life balance due to high expectations and limited staff. While Abt employs young people, there is a large push for young people to leave and get advanced degrees after 2-3 years, making it difficult for people with a bachelor's to continue advancing. Annual tuition reimbursement is meager despite the stringent requirement for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on work-life balance, internal communications that are more transparent, better tuition reimbursement or adjustment of requirements for long-term advancement, and improvements to employee morale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great people and good balance.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance and Contracts Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Finance and Contracts Manager in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Abt Associates full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people at Abt are really nice and work really hard. Most truly believe in the work that we are doing.

    Cons

    The experience varies significantly depending on which division/department you work with and some management decisions are questionable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't keep sr. staff if they are not performing as it really impacts the morale of other staff.
    More time needs to go into the initial discussions of new systems to ensure they provide what is really needed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great organization but a total lack of effective management and leadership in recruitment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Abt Associates full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    On an individual level, the company has many interesting, accomplished, and competent people. It also has a good benefits package, lots of vacation, and tends to be pretty accommodating of its employees life demands.

    Abt has tremendous potential to reach many vulnerable people who need access to quality and affordable healthcare in developing countries, affecting change on a massive scale, leeway to be innovative and carve out a niche for your work, organization is constantly seeking to grow and to be the best version of itself.

    Furthermore there is a vastly diverse, interesting people to work with.
    Many travel opportunities. This is a good place for people who want to get hands on experience in the international public health field.

    Cons

    Most critical element to address is the total lack of effective management and leadership within recruitment. Responsiveness to requests for assistance with recruitment is marred by inertia. Leadership is absent within recruitment.
    There is no understanding of the core business of development and thus the what is needed in candidates. Recruiters are poorly led and ineptly managed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to Senior Management – Start focusing on the value for money that younger staff bring to the organization. There are many multi-talented junior analysts that are motivated and committed to advancing the MSH cause and work, who are being overlooked for opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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