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Abt Associates President and CEO Kathleen L. Flanagan
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    Pros

    -Work/life balance is quite good (so far). Given that you complete your required billed 40 hours per week, you are usually free to leave as you please (at more junior level positions). -Good amount of vacation and sick time (above industry standards). -Division directors are surprisingly accessible. -If you have a question about how to perform a certain task someone will usually be willing to help you out rather than leaving you to fend for yourself. -Relative ease in working from home. -Incredibly intelligent and talented coworkers. A great place to acquire practical research skills.

    Cons

    -Immature staff both at junior and senior levels, with incredible amounts of gossip happening everywhere. Some senior staff will openly trash talk junior employees who perform poorly on a task, while some junior staff partake in passive-aggressive games with each other whilst simultaneously seeking to curry favor from certain project directors. -Hard work often goes unnoticed. Most senior staff and project leaders seem to be blissfully unaware of the spot-recognition system for junior and mid-level employees. A very hardworking and talented employee who has been with the company for a number of years can receive just one commendation whereas another (with identical or less skill) with the company for a third of the time can have a dozen. -Junior and mid-level staff are sometimes treated as personal assistants and given menial tasks that waste both time and money. -Lack of diversity amongst staff - predominantly white and female. -Salary is low for the industry, and certainly for the location.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that there is a severe imbalance between people in leadership and people who do most technical work. Take our motto and apply it internally.


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