Westat

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Very little loyalty to long time employees, poster child for what can you do for me today leadership

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Former Employee - Senior Operations Manager in Rockville, MD
Former Employee - Senior Operations Manager in Rockville, MD

I worked at Westat full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Depending upon the project needs, somewhat flexible in schedule requirements. Reasonable benefits plan.

Cons

Extremely clique orientated, work groups often staffed by "who you know" versus who is qualified. Absolutely no loyality to long time salaried employees. If your project goes down they rarely will cover you until something else comes along. Very prone to hiring inexperienced young staff with degrees at lower salaries and releasing senior staff who reached their salary level through hard work and proficiency. Low in pay rates to industry scale.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Wake up and become what Westat used to be, an employee owned business with the best interests of the employees constantly in mind. Westat has a lot to offer, but the company personality has changed radically over the last ten years.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    OK if you WANT temporary employment

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    Former Employee - Telephone Interviewer in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Telephone Interviewer in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Westat part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you need a temporary job and a steady income is not a concern, or you want the flexibility to not have a a regular 9-5 job, phone or field data collection can be a good way to earn an income.

    Cons

    Working on projects doing data collection over the phone or in the field is temporary, so there is not much stability in this kind of job. Periods of unemployment between projects is likely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the skills and benefits we bring to the company and consider temporary employees as good possibilities for regular employment (I don't know to what extent this is or isn't done).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent Benefits Package

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Westat full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They offer an excellent benefits package, including medical insurance, 401K contributions, flexible spending accounts, professional development, employee stock ownership options and plenty of vacation and sick leave. There is an intensive employee review each year that ensures that managers are aware of your accomplishments and goals. They offer plenty of feedback on your performance and seem to be interested in facilitating your professional development.

    Cons

    Westat is a company that is slow to change and adopt new technologies/philosophies. If you are interested in being on the cutting edge, you may find that this company is not right for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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