Westat Reviews

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
146 Reviews
3.4
146 Reviews
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James E. Smith
18 Ratings

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

  • No benefits available (that I'm aware of) for Field Interviewers (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Westat full-time for 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
  2.  

    Long Term Mid Level Employee

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst  in  Rockville, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Rockville, CT

    I have been working at Westat full-time for 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Average

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

    I have been working at Westat full-time for 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
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  5.  

    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

  6.  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Westat full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    At Westat, there's always the opportunity to learn new things and take on new challenges.

    Cons

    This is the best place I've ever worked. Total compensation if very competitive. The fact that Westat is employee-owned fosters collaboration.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Employment experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Interviewer  in  Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Field Interviewer in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Westat part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent part-time employment as a field interviewer in terms of salary and mileage incentive.

    Cons

    Hours vary week to week. You basically work six months out the the year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more work to keep quality employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Satisfied

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ

    I have been working at Westat part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice and kind staff, very nice and professional manager, staff lounge very pleaseful for the employees, casual atmosphere, friendly place, pleasent room temperatures,

    Cons

    no cons, no cons, no cons, no cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice, very well performed the management job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Westat full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I have been at Westat for 7 years and I really enjoy working here. Extremely nice people, great support departments, laid-back atmosphere. They provide all necessary training and encourage professional development.

    Cons

    Salaries are not competitive at lower grades, that's why a lot of people view the company as a stepping stone to get experience and skills. Pay raises are very gradual and structured and promotions can be very slow since they depend on time in grade and overall time at the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-think promotions, make them more dynamic and performance-based to retain top talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Highly organized company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Interviewer  in  Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Field Interviewer in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Westat part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Highly organized and open communication have been great with this company. As a Field Interviewer I have enjoyed the ability to make my own schedule as I meet new people and I have had some great supervisor's.

    Cons

    Sometimes the hours you are able to work get in the way of family life. You have to call on homes when people are home which is weekends and evenings at and just after dinner time. There have also been times when there were not enough cases to keep me busy but this so far has been fairly infrequent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your Field Interviewer's busy or they will end up leaving for more steady PT work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    AT HOME DATA COLLECTOR

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Collector At Home  in  Killeen, TX
    Former Employee - Data Collector At Home in Killeen, TX

    I worked at Westat full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The work was very easy just conducted online surveys for various clients. The people were generally nice, occasionally would reach someone that was rude or vented for extended periods of time before hanging up.

    Cons

    The main challenge that I had with the company was inconsistent periods of work. You might work for three months and then be on a waiting list for three months.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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