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A great place to start your career. Extremely good and smart people.

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Associate in Cambridge, MA
Current Employee - Associate in Cambridge, MA

I have been working at Abt Associates full-time

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

Pros

People are the number one asset of the company. Great relationships developed at the workplace. Smart and engaging clients. Good opportunities for growth and work in different areas. Interesting and meaningful work that company does domestically and around the world. Good work-life balance overall but could vary highly, depending on the manager.

Cons

Most factors affecting your job satisfaction are driven by the management style and management capabilities by your direct supervisor. it could be the best or worst job in the world, depending on your supervisor. Not great pay.

Advice to Management

Some senior managers lack any management skills or education - they are great technical experts but not great managers. People working under those managers may suffer.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    A supportive, but competitive group of socially-conscious and research oriented consultants

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

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

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

    Pros

    - Working on socially and politically relevant issues - Team-based work provides opportunities to do different kinds of work and work with different people -Generous benefits and compensation -Supportive, relaxed environment, flexibility/ work-life

    Cons

    - Culture of self-advocacy (put yourself out there for opportunities to be exposed to different work) -Focus on admin tasks at more junior levels; heavy dependence on senior researchers to do substantive research and client development -Intensive evaluations

    Advice to Management

    Offer broader, more substantive opportunities to Master's level (and Bachelor's level) staff and allow for more flexible performance reviews depending on job responsibilities


  2. Helpful (5)

    Good work, good pay, capable co-workers, no support of any kind

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Abt Associates feels like the A-Team. The employees are smart, hard-working, and generally know how to get along in teams. The projects are challenging, sometimes cutting-edge, and the chance for travel is abundant. The pay is very good for the industry, in line with the long-ish hours that are expected as compared to other companies doing the same projects. Management meddling is minimal, and if you can deliver results, you can generally set your own agenda and eventually pick many of your own projects.

    Cons

    You will get zero support from anyone. If you need hand-holding, training, career guidance, or mentorship, look elsewhere. For self-starters and self-directed employees with skills to sell internally to projects it's great, but if you ever need help, forget it. You are the sum of your chargeable hours, period.

    Advice to Management

    Make employees feel valuable as individuals, not just billable hours on a timesheet, and you'll reduce turnover.


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