Westat Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
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  1. 2 people 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

  2. 3 people found this helpful

    Unsafe and Unprofessional

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Interviewer in Fayette, Fayette, PA
    Former Employee - Field Interviewer in Fayette, Fayette, PA

    I worked at Westat part-time (less than a 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
  3. Employment experience

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    • 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 (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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Average

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 (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
  6. Had a very good experience and I learned something everyday.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    This is your brain on drugs.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Telephone Research Associate in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Telephone Research Associate in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    Hmm, well.. they did pay something. There is a 20 word minimum to complete this section but that is all I can think of for Pros.

    Cons

    The fact that constantly calling unanswered phones for hours on end to maybe reach a few cooperative survey participants is mind numbingly monotonous isn't enough. The constant monitoring and looking over your shoulder by various untamed levels of "supervisors" will drive a sane person up the wall. The $8/hr pay is just enough to buy some cardboard boxes to sleep in. Thoughts of "How did I screw up my life to fall to this level?" will chorus through your mind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut down on all the supervision levels and unnecessary mentoring. The nature of the telephone research job is inherently boring, I get that, but appreciate TRC employees a little more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Great place to work

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    • 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 (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
  9. 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 (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
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    AT HOME DATA COLLECTOR

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    • 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 (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
  11. 2 people 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 (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

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