Abt Associates Reviews

Updated March 20, 2015
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  1. Recently joined Abt Associates

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Proposals in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Proposals in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Abt Associates

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. great work, great people, bad leadership at the top

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. Many talented technical staff, impactful international programs but poor recruitment

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Huge opportunities for travel, for technical work and for being involved in proposals. You can always work on a proposal! Senior management are talented and professional (except in recruitment) and there is a great vibe to the place

    Cons

    The recruitment leadership is poor, lacking in direction and strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review recruitment management, keep up the great technical work and diversity donors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Good Company, Generally Speaking

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

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

    Pros

    Get to work on a range of topics within your division; Most staff are really smart, interesting, kind people; Work-life balance does really matter here, especially during family illness or if you are a parent; Let junior staff really prove themselves

    Cons

    No room to negotiate your salary once you start; A few older/lazier/sexist staff members need to be fired post-haste; labor planning can be challenging - some weeks you will work 35 hours and others you will work 60.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire people who are an HR nightmare waiting to happen; invest in junior staff who want to code (even if it is expensive in the short-run); Provide better vision care!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Good company environment

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    • 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
  7. Many Positives

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    The work Abt does is admirable. The mission, the dedication of the staff....all good.

    Cons

    The numbers in leadership are out of proportion to the people who are doing the important work. Likewise, the expenditures in salary and compensation are extraordinarily weighted to management and middle management. Decisions in operations (primarily in departments) are often not based on what is smart but instead on what is someone's personal whim or bias. It is a shame as this prevents the company from doing their good work in a productive and efficient manner. Decisions on where to spend resources is often driven by what will make the company look better and at all costs, do not admit that a mistake was made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    So much energy spent on covering up and making things "look good." That would be better spent just doing the work and treating people and budgets well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Lightening speed growth in technology tools to get work done

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    • 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 a 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Not the best for Junior employees. Hard to move up.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Subcontracts Representative in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Subcontracts Representative in Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    The company does work to provide a work life balance and has a laid back environment (although this depends on the division I am told)

    Cons

    Struggles of a growing company mixed with salaries being skewed towards the top. Bonuses are only for executives. Raises are distributed via horse trading and side table conversations, reviews mean nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the wealth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Variety of interesting and important work; good work/life balance; very frustrating bureaucracy and poor HR department

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

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

    Pros

    Abt has very smart people working on interesting projects in important areas. The benefits are pretty good, as is the work-life balance. The 401k matching contribution of up to 5% of salary is very nice.

    Cons

    Frustrating bureaucracy and HR department. For example, after interviewing I waited more than a month before I heard anything back, and had limited responsiveness after that. I don't always have the sense that I am a valued individual.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the HR department, particularly to ensure responsiveness to potential and current employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Great, if you are in the right position at the right time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    work life balance, some very smart people, decent salaries and good benefits. If you are a very technical person, you can be involved in interesting technical work.

    Cons

    Many overqualified individuals stuck pushing papers; "dry periods" where it seems like there is not enough work to go around to the mid-level folks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is haphazard and management in some divisions is not very strong.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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