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I worked at Abt Associates full-time (More than a year)
Interesting project work. Career progression with or without a PhD. Good work-life balance attainable. Positive reinforcement/recognition of good work.
Highly introverted work environment. Experienced poor project management and communication within a matrix structure where it was hard to move things forward and know who/what to prioritize. Billing time to projects.
Advice to Management
Invest more in cultivating junior staff and keeping them engaged. Consider a mentoring program.
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Abt Associates (Washington, DC) in December 2016.
I was originally contacted by a recruiter and didn't hear back from him after I set up an interview time. A while later, I was contacted by another recruiter who mentioned that they "condensed and redistributed" some jobs and that he would be my recruiter. It was odd, but I didn't ask any questions. They didn't give me a lot of time to prepare (wanted an interview within 2-3 days) and it was frustrating since I had to give a sudden notice to my current position.
The interview itself was ok. I had 3 people interview me as a panel. They really dug deep about my past experiences. However, at some point, I felt as if they were trying to persuade me to not take the job. It's definitely a different type of position than what I'm used to, but I applied because I knew about the company and the job posting. Also, one of the interviewers was a bit rude. She wanted me to remember specific details from a job I worked for 6 months more than a year ago. When I couldn't remember anything she had a side conversation with another interviewer and said how she knows specific laws/regulations and that the person for the position would need to know them as well.
Anyway, I wasn't happy with the interview and sought after another position. I never heard back from them, which also left me with a negative impression since I expect them to email me to at least let me know that I didn't get the job.