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Helpful (1)

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

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
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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    Young People with Fresh Energy and Ideas Will not Last Long Here.

    • 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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule depending on your manager.
    Collegiate environment, lots of ivy leaguers, sometimes friendly. You can meet some great people there.
    Great place to begin your career.
    CEO has good vision.
    Good salary with regular bonuses so if this is all you care about you will do great here.
    Good exposure to business development, everybody is involved.

    Cons

    Senior Management can sometimes be unbelievably rude and intimidating therefore environment turns hostile very quickly.
    Most senior managers are technical experts who do not know how to manage people or projects.
    Promotion and progress appears to depend on who you work for.
    Review system is expensive, time consuming, useless and has to be approved by your boss so if you have problems with this individual there is not much you can say as this person approves your review.
    No clear path to share concerns, HR appears to be useless. Good luck if you have an issue.
    Some questionable, non-compliant, acts.
    Management not open to new ideas so young people with good ideas leave as quickly as they came.
    Lots of government money WASTED on useless projects managed by un-savvy technical leads.
    Insufficient training on system tools provided to newbies who are then expected to complete tasks perfectly.
    People with advanced degrees doing administrative work.

    Advice to Management

    Create an environment that fosters collaboration and nurtures fresh talent. Be an inspiration to younger staff, solicit their opinions and views on how to accomplish tasks. Take a stronger stance against workplace bullying. Choose your managers with care, some of them are destroying client relationships, promising resources and the future of this company that Clark Abt worked so hard to build.

  2. Helpful (1)

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

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

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