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Helpful (3)

Great place to start a career

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

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 Management

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.

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Swamp for desperate, self-disrespectful professionals - that is the Cambridge office, Aim for Bethesda, MD

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great minds -Strong international footprint and great field employment opportunities -Flexibility in work/life balance and telecommuting - but declining sharply

    Cons

    - Offensively low compensation (lower 15% of the Industry bell curve - Max!!!), except for "the management" - Bonuses are not for employees - just for Managers!!! - Managers invest almost no time or money into professional development of staff - Will not be exaggerated if said that maybe half of the management is beyond their level of incompetence,very poor management and inter-personal skills. and kill every who may threaten their "comfort" - No opportunity to advance - Some senior level people are obnoxious bullies - Ridiculous annual review process. Almost pointless, no one consider employee's feedback. - Unhealthy culture - Lack of respect for employees - Company strategy is not clear

    Advice to Management

    - Be more supportive/mindful of those who consistently go above and beyond. - K. Flanagan should seriously consider replacing every single one in IT (yes, starting with the CIO) - for the good of the company. -


  2. Helpful (11)

    Could have been worse... but not by a whole lot

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

    I worked at Abt Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Compensation and benefits are good for someone straight out of undergrad - Work/life balance is pretty good - RAs average 40-45 hours per week - Cambridge office and some Bethesda divisions have relaxed dress policy - Decent introduction to government work - Some projects (for me ~25%) are challenging, interesting, and important

    Cons

    - RA work is usually unchallenging and uninteresting (for me ~75% of the time). Expect to be formatting reports, editing resumes, checking reference lists, proofreading documents, and making deliveries to federal agencies in downtown DC. - Management sees junior staff as disposable with a 2 year expiration date: - managers invest almost no time or money into professional development for junior staff - many of them aren't interested in your career path beyond Abt and don't mentor - several don't even spend a few minutes per year to have a friendly relationship with junior staff (my practice manager didn't know my name for almost 12 months) - "Feast or famine." You'll often have too much or not enough work, which matters because you're expected to bill 40 hours per week and managers usually expect you to stay late to make up for the company's failure to get you work. - Senior staff are technical experts, not management experts. They rarely do anything above the bare minimum for staff camaraderie and productivity - an annual outing and annual performance review. - No connection between an RA's work quality or tenure and their work responsibility - this depends entirely on the supervisor and chance (e.g., if a supervisor takes maternity leave) - Depending on your division, there may be a large age gap between the couple junior staff and the senior staff. - No opportunity to advance above RA level without a Master's degree

    Advice to Management

    - Hire a management consultant and prioritize improving the anemic internal management of junior staff. - Hire more junior level FCAs instead of RAs to do the administrative work (formatting and editing documents) that RAs far too often get tasked with. - Make mentoring and checking in weekly on junior staff workloads, work satisfaction, goals, etc. a requirement for supervisors. - Require supervisors to explain what their overall project is and how an RA's part fits in when delegating work. - Have supervisors establish goals for escalating junior staff responsibility, e.g., culminating in junior staff joining in interfacing with clients. - Invest in junior staff professional development. A semi-annual Excel course isn't cutting it.


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