Westat Reviews

Updated August 22, 2015
194 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Employment Status

Reset
3.4
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
James E. Smith
30 Ratings

Pros
  • Work-life balance depends upon the particular project (in 9 reviews)

  • Flexible schedules and work from home options (in 9 reviews)

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

  • Pay needs to be higher , no benefits (in 5 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

194 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Research assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Westat full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Convenient location, flexible schedule, pretty good work life balance, working with smart people. Lots of on site amenities and plenty of parking.

    Cons

    Salaries for more junior staff could be more competitive. It can take a while to be promoted, even if you have exhibited stellar performance.

    Advice to Management

    Look for ways to be more consistent across study areas.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Still here 20 years later

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Study Manager
    Current Employee - Study Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Westat full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company is employee-owed so I get a dividend check every year. My supervisors and colleagues are smart, dedicated, and caring. The pay is consistent with others in the field. I have a flexible work schedule. The work itself is interesting, and I feel like I am contributing (in a small way) to making the world a better place.

    Cons

    Location is in Rockville MD, which is not the most happening place.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  3. Field Data Collector

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Data Collector in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Field Data Collector in Tulsa, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Westat part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful company to work for

    Cons

    not enough hours of work

    Advice to Management

    none


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Survey Specialist/Research Assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Highly diverse workforce -- great for old/young, various races/ethnicities, various genders and orientations, and so on. Commitment to high quality work products and client satisfaction. Transparent evaluation system. Employee owned business means that good corporate performance translates into employee bonuses, share distributions, etc.

    Cons

    Relatively low pay for non-statisticians. Because of client base, must conform strictly to federal requirements -- some may find too bureaucratic. Provision of research data without evaluation of implications and development of recommendations can be frustrating.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Flexible

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Protocol Coordinator/Clinical Research Associate in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Protocol Coordinator/Clinical Research Associate in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Westat (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, good management

    Cons

    Takes very long to move up.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Okay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Data Collector in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Data Collector in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Westat part-time

    Pros

    Keeps you working all the time you learn professional skills

    Cons

    Pay is really low, They have favorites rules don't apply to all and its a very unprofessional environment


  8. Field Interviewer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and professional staff

    Cons

    wish there were longer assignments


  9. Helpful (1)

    mediocre company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Rockville, MD

    Pros

    Self contained don't really need to leave the campus for anything.

    Cons

    Poor disorganized management and I suspect nepotism or other improprieties in hiring as the Intranet makes clear what new hire qualifications are and more qualified people aren't being considered in comparison to what's being brought aboard however a little research will reveal that this isn't something that is new to the company. lots of Interesting personalities also. pay is below par

    Advice to Management

    Subject yourself to the same criticism As subordinates


  10. research data collection

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Westat full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    fun studies nice managers and training

    Cons

    studies over quickly months between studies


  11. Senior Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibity, opportunity for growth, good management, ESOP

    Cons

    limit opportunity to attend developmental conferences



Showing 194 of 212 reviews
Reset Filters
RSS Feed </> Embed

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.