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Abt Associates Reviews

Updated July 10, 2018
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Pros
  • "Decent work-life balance though things get hectic during proposals or prior to deliverable due dates" (in 56 reviews)

  • "They are doing some interesting work" (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • "It disrupted work-life balance for many" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Your personal experience will depend greatly on the dept you work in and the senior staff person/people who support most often" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Abt Associates full-time

    Pros

    Surrounded by very smart, talented, and (mostly) very kind folks. Doing work that can have a positive impact on policy and practice. Decent work-life balance though things get hectic during proposals or prior to deliverable due dates.

    Cons

    Working on soft money is challenging. You are always chasing new contracts. Your personal experience will depend greatly on the dept you work in and the senior staff person/people who support most often. Most are good.


  2. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Abt Associates full-time

    Pros

    junior level staff given responsibility and lots of learning opportunities

    Cons

    understaffed, sometimes have to do a lot of administrative work

  3. "Research Interviewer"

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    Former Employee - Research Interviewer in Huntington, WV
    Former Employee - Research Interviewer in Huntington, WV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Abt Associates part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy part time job. Can read books and do anything that doesn’t require your phone or work computer. Some supervisors are really chill and cool.

    Cons

    No phone. No internet browsing. Boring at times. Some of the supervisors are hard to approach because of their attitudes.

    Advice to Management

    Allow people to use their phones as long as their work doesn’t suffer. This is easily assessable when supervisors listen in on calls and check our dial rates. Also, providing workers with headsets whether they are mobile or landline dialing would be a huge quality of life improvement.


  4. "Compensate for Hard Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Abt Associates full-time

    Pros

    Great work/life balance; diverse workload; reasonable hours

    Cons

    Little room for advancement; annual increases are very small; need more transparency from upper management

    Advice to Management

    Value your hard-working and skilled staff better and more fairly across the departments.


  5. "Research Interviewer at Abt Associates"

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    Current Employee - Research Interviewer in McAllen, TX
    Current Employee - Research Interviewer in McAllen, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Abt Associates part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    make your own schedule, relaxed job not too difficult

    Cons

    starting off after training there can be pretty short hours given to you.


  6. "Research Interviewer"

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    Current Employee - Research Interviewer in Huntington, WV
    Current Employee - Research Interviewer in Huntington, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Abt Associates (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nothing really except for that its a job that pays you..might be low but its money

    Cons

    Everything..they are the worst company ive worked for and ive workes for some bad employers. Favoritism is so bad and unless your close with the hire ups then forget about having a comfortable workday and definitely dont think your moving up in the company. Extremely rude and useless managers and supervisers. They always have the same thing to say whenever asking them anything and that's "I dont know ask someone else." I work here because i need some kind of income til a better job comea my way.

    Advice to Management

    Fire everyone that holds a senior position except for like Tony, Brandon, Brock and Katie. Those are the only ones that actually care for their co workers and will help when asked to.


  7. "Okay"

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    Current Employee - Research Interviewer in Huntington, WV
    Current Employee - Research Interviewer in Huntington, WV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Abt Associates part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Custom schedule
    Paid break
    Pays more than minimum wage (barely)

    Cons

    Constant shift cancellations
    Shift times are inconvenient

    Advice to Management

    They don’t care about advice

  8. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Abt Associates full-time

    Pros

    Great team, work/life balance, interesting work

    Cons

    Slow to promote, to grow


  9. "Good first job post-grad school"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Abt Associates full-time

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, varied projects, growth opportunity

    Cons

    Stressful, frequent travel, lack of connection to mission, transitions at company


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Inconsistent"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager/Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Project Manager/Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Abt Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work. Good work/life balance. Some opportunities to travel if you want that.

    Cons

    Little room for growth, low pay, no career development or mentorship for junior employees. Your experience will depend on the group you work in - some people in different departments love it there. I just happened to work with people who didn't care about my future with the company.


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