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Updated Jul 24, 2014
Westat – Rockville – “Corporate”

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3.1 136 reviews

73% Approve of the CEO

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James E. Smith

(11 ratings)

57% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • An opportunity to work from home if your home setup qualifies and you are out of state(in 9 reviews)

  • Work-life balance depends upon the particular project(in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Many supervisors are vindictive by nature(in 5 reviews)

  • No benefits available (that I'm aware of) for Field Interviewers(in 5 reviews)

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

    Research Analyst (Current Employee) Rockville, MD

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop 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!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Nice laid back job

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible and great learning experience

    ConsNo advancement, the project could end anytime

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    1 person found this helpful  

    very stable place

    Study Manager (Current Employee) Rockville, MD

    Prosbonus program is great, expectations are clear

    Consvery hard to change roles once you're on a project

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork harder to figure out what employees want

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Comfortable "Research" for Feds

    Research Associate (Former Employee) Rockville, MD

    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 Senior Management-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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Data colector

    Data Collector At Home (Current Employee)

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

    ConsI 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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    Data collector

    Data Colector (Current Employee) Reading, PA

    ProsFlexible hours
    Good mentor
    good paid training
    help community to understand more about health related issues
    making good income

    Conssometimes not get enough hours
    late hour working such as midnight or weekend
    all on the internet and phone line

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Solid company with decent benefits but below average salaries.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

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    Decent hourly pay rate, but employment is strictly temporary and limited.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsDecent hourly rate.
    Professional and pleasant management and other staff.

    ConsEmployment is strictly temporary, lasting for an extremely limited amount of time.
    Field employees are not provided with a work vehicle.
    Employees who have performed well are not rewarded with long term or full time positions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOffer long term or full time positions to employees who have performed well and want to move up.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    So so

    Intern (Former Employee) Rockville, MD

    ProsThe culture is really relaxing, there was never really a point where I felt too stressed and overwhelemed with my roles.

    ConsIt can get a bit boring from time to time when there is no project that you are currently assigned to.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    At Home Data Collector

    Data Collector (Current Employee) Rockville, MD

    ProsIt is very interesting to learn about social science research and studies.

    ConsThere are gaps in studies that are available, so expect to be on the waitlist if you remain employed once your study is finished.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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