Westat Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good Work Life Balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The management accommodated flexi times and was understanding of the needs of a mother when kids were sick. Appreciated that. As long as the work was done there was no micro managing.

    Cons

    Slow Growth, pay could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Reward hard workers soon as this could be a motivational factor for others to improve as well. You cannot please all the staff all the time. If you reward the hard workers then they will not be demoralized.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Depends on project, team, geographic location and length of contract

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employee
    Current Employee - Employee

    I have been working at Westat full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Can be supportive, offer numerous additional perks and be strongly interested in the employee IF the employee works in Rockville. Mandatory training is provided via LMS and is based on position description. Work is dependent on contract awards, of which employment after the contract ends is based on who you know. It is not uncommon for employees to be employed at Westat for 15-20 years, and be the sole employer for an employee.

    Cons

    Very cliquey group of people and not always real friendly. Limited career growth as many people are 'lifers' meaning once employed they stay for their entire career if the employee resides in Rockville. Career growth is dependent on who you know, the project you work with and the personal supervisor.

    Advice to Management

    Support all your employees regardless of geographic location.

  3. Helpful (3)

    Good place to work

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

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible and good work life balance

    Cons

    increase in pay is needed

    Advice to Management

    Reward good workers so that they will stay

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  5. Helpful (2)

    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. Helpful (3)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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?

  7. Employment experience

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    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

    Provide more work to keep quality employees.

  8. Helpful (1)

    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 (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good, training is excellent

    Cons

    promotions are rare, very few holidays

    Advice to Management

    Supervisors should receive training and also be evaluated by their employees, so that they know where they can improve.

  9. Had a very good experience and I learned something everyday.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    Consider offering incentive to those with excellent attendance.

  10. Helpful (2)

    This is your brain on drugs.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Helpful (1)

    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 (More than 8 years)

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

    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.

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