Westat Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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James E. Smith
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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)

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  1. research data collection

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    fun studies nice managers and training

    Cons

    studies over quickly months between studies


  2. Senior Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst

    I have been working at Westat

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibity, opportunity for growth, good management, ESOP

    Cons

    limit opportunity to attend developmental conferences


  3. Westat Research

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Telephone Interviewer in Greeley, CO
    Former Employee - Telephone Interviewer in Greeley, CO

    I worked at Westat

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Pay, amicable work environment,

    Cons

    Down time between studies. Rivalries for supervisor position. Tense environment for refusal data collectors.

    Advice to Management

    Try to minimize down time between studies so that employees can always have work.


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  5. Research Assitant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Westat

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to gain knowledge and experience. Supervisors can be great mentors. Good stepping stone.

    Cons

    Individuals who are looking for professional growth should stand back because this will take a substantial amount of time. The majority of the senior managers have been with the company for more that 20 years. The pay for junior level staff is very low.

    Advice to Management

    You need to give better incentive in order to retain young professionals.


  6. Good part-time job

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Interviewer in DFW, TX
    Current Employee - Field Interviewer in DFW, TX

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    You make your own schedule. Field Supervisors are very helpful and willing to work with you. Bonuses.

    Cons

    The work itself can be a bit exhausting, but supervisors are there for you if you just let them know.


  7. Fair, transparent performance reviews

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great bebefit package including employee owner stock benefit, generous employer match to 401k, separate vacation anf sick leave included starting on first day with several dsys of sick leave availsble g or immediate use.

    Cons

    IT systems a bit behind the times.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Very smart colleagues

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Westat full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very bright, knowledgable, dedicated project staff. Wide range of interesting projects across many subject areas. Stable, employee-owned company with excellent benefits. Some excellent managers.

    Cons

    Lower pay than some competitors. Hierarchical, stepwise type of system that rewards employees who stay long term; some may see this as negative, others positive.


  9. Helpful (4)

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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 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some great people and interesting opportunities. If you are on the right projects working with people who care about the work being done, it can be a nice and rewarding place to work.

    Cons

    Lots of political in-fighting, especially at the more senior levels, which trickles down into the more junior levels. Lack of promotion from within and lack of opportunities for advancement make it hard to advance beyond the level you are hired at.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the corporate culture so that greater emphasis is put on high quality staff performance (i.e., client satisfaction, meeting timelines, quality deliverables, etc.) rather than political in-fighting which reduces staff morale.


  10. meps field interviewer

    Former Employee - Field Interviewer
    Former Employee - Field Interviewer

    I worked at Westat

    Pros

    Flexible hours, working independently, meet some nice people.

    Cons

    Need to go to homes in questionable areas. Required to contact people who don't want to participate multiple times.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the number of the pool to get acceptable participation, rather than harassing people who have said no.


  11. Hourly research assistant

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Rockville, MD

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    on-campus gym (fee), funded recreational sport teams, subsidized food at cafeteria, friendly environment, individual offices, makes use of upcoming technologies, competent/knowledgeable/dedicated workers, benefit of working on different parts of the research process (good for resume)

    Cons

    low salary, not rewarded for staying with company (most successful individuals started here, left, then came back), monetary advancement (i.e. raise or move from hourly to salary) not always based on performance, large disconnect between departments

    Advice to Management

    more structured reviews which include critiques, work with RAs to determine long term goals and how to reach those goals



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