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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 an 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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    Solid company with decent benefits but below average salaries.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Westat

    Pros

    Company offer pretty good benefits such as health care, 401k, bonuses, and stocks.

    Cons

    A lot of management seem like smart people with no management skills.

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