Westat Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
191 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

191 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Helpful (1)

    Still here 20 years later

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Study Manager
    Current Employee - Study Manager

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

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

    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!


  2. 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

    I worked at Westat

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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.


  3. 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

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, good management

    Cons

    Takes very long to move up.


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


  5. Field Interviewer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Westat

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and professional staff

    Cons

    wish there were longer assignments


  6. 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

    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


  7. 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

    I have been working at Westat

    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


  8. Senior Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  9. Westat Research

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  10. Research Assitant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Good part-time job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.



Showing 191 of 208 reviews
Reset Filters
RSS Feed </> Embed

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