Abt Associates Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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  1. Research-oriented work with real-world impacts

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Abt Associates full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company takes its "real-world impact" mission very seriously. Since all work is government-related, each piece of work has real on-the-ground impacts in all sectors. All members of the company share this vision and desire to make positive changes in the world.

    Cons

    Strict process for upward mobility which is heavily influenced by your level of education. Limited ability for junior staff to have significant control over project work and type of work.

    Advice to Management

    Work to foster a better sense of community within all levels of staff so there is a greater buy-in to the social culture as well as the professional culture.

  2. A good company to work for, but you need to advocate for your career (and salary) growth or unless you can get lost.

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    Current Employee - Associate in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Associate in Bethesda, MD

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Many career opportunities, talented staff, different areas to get involved in,

    Cons

    Hard to get salary bump/raise, promotion/annual review process unclear/political

  3. Recently joined Abt Associates

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    Current Employee - Proposals in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Proposals in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Abt Associates

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Recently joined Abt to support proposal management. I made the right decision - my teammates are supportive, my supervisor is flexible and appreciates work/life balance. There are some long days but am able to telecommute regularly. Interview process was quick - I applied, was quickly contacted by a recruiter and within 3 weeks had a job offer. Perks: lots of company events and trainings to attend; gym onsite; telework

    Cons

    Under new leadership so some are frustrated with a new way of doing things.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent and continue to go after new work. Appreciate those working "behind the scenes" that may not be technical experts.

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  5. I have been at this company for 2.5 years.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Abt Associates

    Pros

    Work life balance, interesting work

    Cons

    Reliant on any and all contracts for financial health

    Advice to Management

    Support development of internal staff

  6. great work, great people, bad leadership at the top

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at Abt Associates full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    great work, smartest people in the business

    Cons

    sink or swim mentality, poor leadership in international health division for the last couple of years, too much micromanagement.

    Advice to Management

    senior management (CEO and EVP) need to pay attention to what is happening at the division level.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Decent Place to Start

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Research Assistant

    I have been working at Abt Associates

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In a field where most "entry-level" jobs are for people with Masters degrees, Abt Associates has jobs available to those fresh out of college in the environmental field. Good people who care about the mission of the company. Smart, motivated employees in general. Generally good work-life balance.

    Cons

    The company does not invest much time or effort in developing the skills of RAs or giving them more responsibility over time. Real skill development happens haphazardly, if at all. Reality of the work - a lot of internet research and report formatting - quite different from how they sell the job.

    Advice to Management

    Give the RAs more opportunities to take on more responsibility - many of them could easily take on more complex tasks if given a chance.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Good place to get a career started

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Abt Associates

    Pros

    Interesting work, and I found a good group of like-minded peers at this company. My team leader was great, and that definitely made my experience here better.

    Cons

    Bad team leaders can really ruin your experience, and there is little you can do about it. I found the managerial structure to be a little stiff at times.

  9. Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Abt Associates

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent work/life balance, overtime is rarely required. Management is easily accessible, and co-workers are extremely helpful and friendly. Everyone working at the company are passionate about what they do.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement. Initial pay is on the lower side, but there is an escalation every year, so pay will increase steadily.

    Advice to Management

    Increase training for new employees. No formal training was conducted; mostly just shadowing.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Good Workplace Environment and Challenging Opportunities, Little Mobility for Junior Staff

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Analyst in Cambridge, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Abt takes work life balance very seriously and it shows in the workplace. People genuinely enjoy working with one another and are very respectful. Projects are engaging and challenging. It is great to work in an environment where people enjoy their work, are challenged by it, and are so talented in their approaches. The benefits are also very competitive.

    Cons

    Many of the senior staff at Abt have advanced degrees in social science fields. They tend to be very smart but seem to think that because they are experts in public health or the economics of developing countries, that makes them experts in communications or technology. Leave some of these aspects to the experts on your team, even if they don't have PhD's, and don't get offended when they try to teach you best practices.

    Advice to Management

    Empower junior staff to be able to take more initiative in their work and bring in new ideas. I believe the compensation is also a bit below market considering the quality of the personnel.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Summer Internship

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Abt Associates as an intern

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

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