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Helpful (5)

Abt is a great first job, but not a place to grow as a young professional

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
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)

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

Pros

Abt was a great first job. While all employees are expected to work 40 hours/week, how that time is distributed across the week is flexible, as long as you are generally available to do the tasks you need to do. There is a definite positive family/work-life balance. I worked on a diverse range of project topics, and my tasks also ranged from your typical "junior employee" jobs (making copies, sending emails, organizing emails) to more advanced experiences, such as going on site visits and participating in interviewing program participants and staff.

Cons

There is very little incentive to stay here as a junior-level employee after the first year or two. The tuition reimbursement program is limited compared to other similar companies - they offer less reimbursement per year and expect employees to work more hours in order to be eligible. Without a Masters degree, it is difficult to move up through the company beyond the first promotion cycle. It can be difficult to be placed on projects that are specific to your research interests. Starting salaries are also lower than at other similar companies.

Advice to Management

Invest some more time and money into junior level staff so that they are more likely to stay and grow with the company.

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  1. Helpful (4)

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

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    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.
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  2. Helpful (1)

    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

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