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Comfortable "Research" for Feds

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Former Employee - Research Associate in Rockville, MD
Former Employee - Research Associate in Rockville, MD

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

Pros

-Good, smart, dedicated helpful people, caring leadership
-Nice work environment
-Smart business longterm thinking-- keep staff funded across projects, so when 1 funding source dries up, you don't find yourself suddenly gone. Staff feel secure, treated professionally, and focus well on their work, and doing their best.
-Good place to start out and learn
-Great work/life balance
-A company with a good, solid, reliable reputation to produce quality for large-scale research (e.g., massive longitudinal surveys) projects, surveys, etc.

Cons

-Professional advancement is very limited, no matter how smart you are or how hard you work.
-Don't expect state-of-the-art stuff-- IT, creative thinking, or quick-moving anything.
-As with many research places, admin support is skimpy and disconnected from project teams. It can cause needless chaos and poor morale.
-Mid-level leadership is not really leading staff in the latest tech and research, actually lagging

Advice to ManagementAdvice

-Encourage and reward professional growth and development, not just advance degrees, but tech-savviness.
-Cut back on $ on the employee events (e.g., holiday party) and give more paid time off.
-Keep up the model of keeping people funded through multiple projects. Invest in your folks and they will continue to stay. But remember there are a lot of new folks out there who would love to stay and share their new ideas, energy, and smarts with you-- make room for them and you'll get rejuvenated overall.

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    Data colector

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    Current Employee - Data Collector At Home
    Current Employee - Data Collector At Home

    I have been working at Westat as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, flexible hours.
    Get training with pay, choose your own hour, the project you want to work.
    Nice mentor

    Cons

    I am working 2 different project at the same time which can be very frustrated.
    Sometimes it is hard to get more hour in certain time.

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    The management system is stuck in the 1980s, but there are definitely perks to working here, too.

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

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

    Pros

    There are possibilities for interesting work on notable projects depending on where you are in the company.

    Cons

    It is nearly impossible to move up in the company and don't even dream of getting a decent salary raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating lower level staff like they are stupid. Understand that the youth have ideas that will be what keep this company going in the future. The younger folks, albeit less experienced, have technical know-how and a sense of world savvy that the older generation just cannot match. Let the young staff learn, and encourage them up the ladder instead of putting them down constantly!

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