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Great Company that does important social science studies

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Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Rockville, MD
Current Employee - Research Assistant in Rockville, MD

I have been working at Westat full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

Employee owned, facilities are excellent, people are friendly

Cons

Communication does not always filter to the right persons who have to handle tasks on a project. Too many acronymns for projects. Not sure who handles what piece of a project. Task supervisors have project knowledge but don't know how to manage employees on a day to day basis. Task supervisors wait to long to report problems.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Enhance communications on projects to the persons who will be doing the tasks. More training needed for persons who are supervising the daily work of employees on projects and not just the PSUPS. Task supervisors need training on documentation of performance issues, handling conflicts, etc.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to start a career.

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    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst  in  Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Westat full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good mentor ship.
    Challenging work.

    Cons

    You are expected to work on the weekends. If you are in Westat you got to work more than what they pay for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to review your pay scale. Your competitors are paying more than what you pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    excellent training but poor opportunities for advancement

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Analyst  in  Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Project Analyst in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Westat full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Learned how to conduct an epidemiologic study -- something not taught in school

    Cons

    little opportunity for advancement, unwilling to allow current employees try their hand at positions within the company requiring different qualifications, management does not listen to the needs of current employees, too much oversight for each project -- too many managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    allow junior employees to grow by letting them manage projects once they have been trained; allow employees the opportunity to try other positions within the company that have different sets of qualifications

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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