Abt Associates

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3 people found this helpful  

Great place to start a career

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

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 ManagementAdvice

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. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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.
     -

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good overall, but has some problems

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

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

    Pros

    Great mission, smart people, generally collaborative culture

    Cons

    Some senior leaders consistently make commitments that are unrealistic for their teams to achieve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top management needs to be aware of what is going on with staff in specific departments. Department leaders present a picture of a success when the reality is a department without good leadership, unrealistic timelines and a culture where people learn that voicing concerns is not well-received.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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