Westat Reviews

Updated April 25, 2015
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James E. Smith
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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. Field Data Collector

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    Current Employee - Field Interviewer in Pryor, OK
    Current Employee - Field Interviewer in Pryor, OK

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful company to work for. They stood beside me through a 7 month period where I couldn't work.

    Cons

    Right now there aren't enough hours to even call it part time.

  2. Research Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Westat

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I work with a good group of people. There's a vast amount of knowledge to learn allowing you to choose a more specific field if interested. They also provide pertinent skills necessary to be successful at any job.

    Cons

    You should develop a personal training regiment if you would like advancement opportunities

  3. Assesment Coordinator for NAEP. (National Assessment for Educational Progress)

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    Former Employee - Assessment Coordinator in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Assessment Coordinator in Gaithersburg, MD

    I worked at Westat

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    paid training in Los Angeles which was very thorough, great company,able to supervise four or five people, met with vice principals principals and representatives from schools where you would be assessing students. computer, printer, materials and office supplies FedEx to you by the company. management and supervisors were very good and helpful.

    Cons

    very stressful, extremely detailed oriented and required an enormous amount of materials and data to keep track of. The pay is very low for this important position.. The responsibility, paperwork and enormous amount the boxes take up in your apt. Or home.

    Advice to Management

    This is an extremely important position for success with NAEP...pay your AC's more money.

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  5. Hard to get ahead and salery should be 1.00 more an hour.

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    Current Employee - Field Interviewer in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Field Interviewer in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Westat

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Workes well if you have another job.
    Good hrs.

    Cons

    A lot of favortisem and not very professional & managers make jokes about the field staff.

  6. Unprofessional

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    Current Employee - Research
    Current Employee - Research

    I have been working at Westat

    Pros

    Independence, flexible hours, that is all

    Cons

    I would say your experience here depends on if your direct supervisor likes you or not and this can be a very arbitrary determination. There are definitely "favorites". As for the title of the posting overall the organization is just unprofessional from top to bottom. Very disorganized and CYA attitude among people instead of proactively preventing problems that may occur among staff. Also a passive aggressive approach to dealing with issues instead of direct conflict resolution from managers. Favored employees or management themselves are free from judgement while others are scrutinized. Also remote employees working on Westat field research...your work is ridiculed and you're condescendingly spoken about at headquarters which I find pretty distasteful and was dissapointed to be in the presence of. There really is not a value on employees and theres a level of smugness among many. I often remembered field researchers ridiculed and mocked...very us vs them mentality. Lastly, the food is overpriced and bad. The catering service they chose is infamously bad nationally and the workers are often rude.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure managers learn proper management techniques or hire consultants to help in this area

  7. Telephone Data Collector

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    Current Employee - Telephone Data Collector
    Current Employee - Telephone Data Collector

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Their surveys are used for important nationwide research projects. I also like the fact that you get paid every week (direct deposit). The night differential pay helps a lot. You can chose your own schedule and can work a minimum of 15 hours a week to a maximum of 40 hours a week. The performance reviews are approximately every six months depending on the hours worked during that time frame. If you are hardworking and committed, you will move forward in this company. Your mentor is your key contact person and replies promptly to your emails. There is so much to learn.

    Cons

    Constant reviews from team leaders can be perceived as micromanagement by some employees. Reviews are important for advancement, quality and training purposes. It is also a good opportunity to meet the team leaders during their feedback.

    Advice to Management

    It would be good to have a benefits package if possible.

  8. Helpful (1)

    An excellent company

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    Current Contractor - Telephone Data Collector
    Current Contractor - Telephone Data Collector

    I have been working at Westat as a contractor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent training. Professional, courteous staff. Jobs are available with a mission, if you choose to view things that way.

    Cons

    It would be nice to feel more connected to the company. Community building would be a good idea, but I understand why that's not a priority.

    Advice to Management

    Try to encourage your employees to be more connected to the company, even temporary workers. Build a culture of loyalty. Otherwise, this is an excellent company and I am grateful for the opportunity to work for them.

  9. A good work from home company.

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    Former Employee - Field Supervisor in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Field Supervisor in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Westat full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very nice for those who do not want to commute and who are independently motivated to achieve results and are self starters.

    Cons

    It is challenging to demonstrate to your long distance boss that you are capable and trustworthy of working independently. Some are fine and a few are too concerned about control.

    Advice to Management

    Review the on line application process. There are some definite problems with the automated culling process.

  10. Hoping to make Westat my home throughout my entire clinical trials career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Westat

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance, challenging and interesting work

    Cons

    Advancement can be difficult for off-site employees

    Advice to Management

    Provide off site employees great opportunities

  11. Helpful (1)

    HR Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Rockville, MD

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    convenient location, friendly atmosphere, nice interdepartmental relations

    Cons

    Bad pay, no room to grow, low educated people

    Advice to Management

    Value education and training.

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