Westat Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
153 Reviews
3.3
153 Reviews
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James E. Smith
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Review Highlights

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

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


Cons
  • Low pay and sometimes not many projects available (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Project management

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    Former Employee - Support Staff in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Support Staff in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    My manager was a great mentor. Ever staffs are willing to support and guide you every step of the way. Very family-orientated culture.

    Cons

    Low pay, but great benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider a higher pay range.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Work Life Balance

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    The management accommodated flexi times and was understanding of the needs of a mother when kids were sick. Appreciated that. As long as the work was done there was no micro managing.

    Cons

    Slow Growth, pay could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward hard workers soon as this could be a motivational factor for others to improve as well. You cannot please all the staff all the time. If you reward the hard workers then they will not be demoralized.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Field Interviewing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It is interesting, fulfilling work

    Cons

    There are to many hands in the pot for each project. Instead of having one supervisor to report to, you have 3-4 people to report to on a weekly basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a more streamline reporting system.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Depends on project, team, geographic location and length of contract

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    Current Employee - Employee
    Current Employee - Employee

    I have been working at Westat full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Can be supportive, offer numerous additional perks and be strongly interested in the employee IF the employee works in Rockville. Mandatory training is provided via LMS and is based on position description. Work is dependent on contract awards, of which employment after the contract ends is based on who you know. It is not uncommon for employees to be employed at Westat for 15-20 years, and be the sole employer for an employee.

    Cons

    Very cliquey group of people and not always real friendly. Limited career growth as many people are 'lifers' meaning once employed they stay for their entire career if the employee resides in Rockville. Career growth is dependent on who you know, the project you work with and the personal supervisor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support all your employees regardless of geographic location.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    Flexible and good work life balance

    Cons

    increase in pay is needed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward good workers so that they will stay

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Long Term Mid Level Employee

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Rockville, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Rockville, CT

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours. Sometimes allowed to work remotely. Nice commute for Marylanders.

    Cons

    Inefficient management. Personnel Supervisors are typically Project Managers/Directors are more focused on project status then improving employee performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider having employee oriented managers to manage personnel issues. This would allow Project Mnagers/Directors time to manage projects

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    nice place to work low wage

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Westat full-time

    Pros

    nice people to work with
    personal individual office
    good experience
    respected organization

    Cons

    slow predictable promotion
    low pay with very gradual increase
    secretive

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Average

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good, training is excellent

    Cons

    promotions are rare, very few holidays

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Supervisors should receive training and also be evaluated by their employees, so that they know where they can improve.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Had a very good experience and I learned something everyday.

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    Former Employee - Telephone Data Collector in Johnson City, TN
    Former Employee - Telephone Data Collector in Johnson City, TN

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

    Pros

    Leadership was good, Data Collectors are offered an opportunity for advancement and submit feedback-positive or negative. One of the perks of working as a Data Collector, when schedule came out one could accept the hours or decline the hours.

    Cons

    Work is scheduled based on needs of the project you're assigned to. One can accept or decline a project as a Data Collector.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider offering incentive to those with excellent attendance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unsafe and Unprofessional

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    Former Employee - Field Interviewer in Fayette, Fayette, PA
    Former Employee - Field Interviewer in Fayette, Fayette, PA

    I worked at Westat part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I don't have much to say about this company that is a Pro. They do pay on time. The training in Pheonix was enjoyable.

    Cons

    The supervisors seem to have little or no interestest in the safety of the Field Representatives. Regardless of the area or the verbal abuse we were subjected to by the public, the only interest that supervisors have are the numbers. Even when threatened by respondents the comments are - well when are you planning on going back. The pay is poor and and the risk is high. Supervisors are either poorly trained or just a person to fill a positon that has no business in being in that position

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find people to supervise that care and understand being out in the field. When there are legitimate concerns have them addressed without sarcasm. For instance a rep was told by a man that he should not be alone with her that it was unsafe. He confessed he had problems and she was not safe in his home. The supervior responded by saying "what are you planning on doing about your boyfriend!" This was a quote from the email... Really?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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