Abt Associates Reviews

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
84 Reviews

3.2
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Abt Associates President and CEO Kathleen L. Flanagan
Kathleen L. Flanagan
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Pros
  • Work life balance can become imbalanced at certain project cycle times (in 22 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.  

    Abt provides feel-good work -- bright, interesting colleagues and meaningful projects that make a difference

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Abt Associates full-time

    Pros

    There are a lot of very bright people working at Abt in a variety of fields, from health to justice to agriculture to climate change. Employees have access to numerous brown-bags on cutting-edge topics, training, webinars, etc. So, if you want to learn more, you can. Of course, you need to fit that in with your work. The work itself is challenging and meaningful (with, of course, headaches and frustrations at times). Employee benefits are very good -- health insurance, paid leave, 401k, etc.

    Cons

    As the company has grown, there are more levels of approval needed, more policies to follow. However, Abt is putting in time and money to make procedures more efficient and to reduce bureaucracy.
    Con or a pro depending on your perspective -- the work done at Abt is global in focus and important, and can require effort and extra hours depending on the project and the day. Facetime is not required or desired and people can take care of life as needed; however, when there's a deadline to be met, putting in the effort is appreciated.

    Recommends
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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great colleagues, interesting work, but very tied to political environment.

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Abt Associates full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I got tons of opportunities to try my hand at new things, learned about econometrics and policy issues, the work-life balance was great, and my coworkers were awesome people who I am still friends with years later.

    Cons

    Economists and policy wonks don't make the best managers. Also the salaries are low. If the administration steers contracts to small businesses, it makes it tough to win contracts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the good work-life balance. This is a great place to work for parents who need flexibility in their work schedules.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great place for mid to high-level employees

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    This is a very smart (sometimes too smart) firm. It's a place where you get exposure to some of the best economists and evaluation experts in the US. There are a lot of opportunities to get published in top journals and to get the mentoring you need to build a great career in health or economics.

    Cons

    It can be very nerdy. Sometimes the discussions get bogged down into very boring detail. The firm has a lot of PhDs, and while they are awesome at their jobs, they sometimes tend to think like academics and not focus on practical issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe give some awards to younger people. All the prizes go to very senior economists, and that's okay, but often the younger folks feel a bit left out of the picture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great experience working with Abt Associates, Inc., for 18 yrs starting as Accounting Clerk and became Sr. Payroll clerk

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    Current Employee - Senior Payroll Clerk  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Payroll Clerk in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Became more efficient and professional work environment.

    Cons

    Development knowledge in ADP Payroll staff professionally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always give the opportunity to others to became more efficient on work relate professionally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very laid back company. Nice management

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    Current Employee - Research Interviewer  in  Hadley, MA
    Current Employee - Research Interviewer in Hadley, MA

    I have been working at Abt Associates part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule. Very nice people to work with

    Cons

    Inconsistent hours for part time interviewers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to start a career

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    Current Employee - Associate Analyst  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Analyst in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Abt Associates is a well-respected government contractor in a variety of fields, and is growing rapidly. As a result staff are exposed to many different types of work (although this varies by division). The executives are focused on keeping Abt at the cutting edge technologically, giving the firm an upper hand in an industry were methods are typically slow to change. The company is packed with smart people who on the whole care about their coworkers, and actively promote a positive work environment. The company is generally supportive of staff who want to use company money for professional development, such as take a course for college credit. The benefits are great and again, great people.

    Cons

    Junior staff need to be active in networking, building relationships, and seeking out the kind of work that they're interested in. If not, one runs a risk of being sidelined on monotonous projects. No one hold's your hand, and failure to adapt can mean a much less fulfilling experience.

    Abt also does not specifically hire managers, but has its technical staff do the managing. This is sometimes problematic, especially with low-level managers that may not have the tightest grasp on good management practice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent with employees about business outlook (there were some issues with hiding the true cost of the sequester). Invest more in management training.

    Also some divisions will benefit from catching up with the company as a whole and adopting the kind of forward thinking that has done so much to help the company grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good to Great

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Associate

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

    Pros

    Missions of the clients in Abt's portfolio are all about making a positive difference in the world. If you're in one of the client-serving Divisions, that feeling of service is rewarding and sustaining. People are sharp and earnest.

    Cons

    Wide diversity of clients, work, staff and locations is hard for staff to navigate and for senior staff to manage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to optimize and make efficient the work of supporting departments and management process. Company would benefit from improving the project and people management skills of technical experts, who are the ones who grow into or are recruited to be managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    I've worked at Abt for over 10 years and I love my job.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The work is intellectually challenging with opportunities to grow and change. The people are wonderful, really top-notch, and in my experience there is good camaraderie and professional behavior. Management is accessible. And the work-life balance is great - I am able to work at home or adjust my schedule as needed to take care of family obligations, as long as I get my work done.

    Cons

    Abt has grown big and fast, and it sometimes is playing catch-up with these changes. It's not perfect, but management doesn't claim it to be. The company works best for people who are motivated self-starters with a tolerance for a more organic, as opposed to formal, organizational structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the company would benefit from having someone in charge of corporate operations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Abt Associates as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Fascinating projects. Great teammates.

    Cons

    I have no cons to report. It was a stellar internship.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great career opportunity; right place, right time.

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Ability to grow; readiness of higher-ups to provide challenging and interesting work

    Cons

    CEO and EVP could afford to be a bit more inspiring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clarify your vision. Inspire us. Remind us why we're here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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