Abt Associates Reviews

Updated May 23, 2020

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Abt Associates President and CEO Kathleen L. Flanagan
Kathleen L. Flanagan
145 Ratings
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  • "Work life balance is non existent(in 12 reviews)

  • "There are a lot of issues, especially for junior staff (which is a blanket term to describe everyone lower than an associate)(in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Great!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Abt Associates full-time

    Pros

    Company is flexible and supportive. Interesting work, caring colleagues. I love it.

    Cons

    Compensation could be better. Paid sick time could also be more generous.

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    Abt Associates2020-05-03
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting work, high attrition for entry and mid level staff"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Abt Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The work is continuously interesting and challenging. There's an opportunity to learn about all types of policy areas, program evaluation, applied research, and technical assistance. The job is also very flexible as you can flex your time as needed. Colleagues at Abt are highly motivated, accomplished, and passionate about their work. The people are the best part of the job.

    Cons

    There are a lot of issues, especially for junior staff (which is a blanket term to describe everyone lower than an associate). The pay is low compared to competitors, and there is no transparency about pay equity between staff (I would recommend aggressive negotiating after receiving an offer). Career opportunities are random and dependent on who is assigned your supervisor or the first few people you interact when you arrive. The burden is placed on the employee because there are no managers in the traditional sense. You have to find your own work, manage your work, including negotiating complicated timelines and expectations across non-related projects, and advocate for yourself to get the experience you need to be promoted. It's also worth noting, for someone not coming from a consulting background, that you HAVE to bill 40 hours a week, and you can not charge any breaks over 15 minutes. Time reporting protocols are stringent at Abt, so this requirement is no joke. Turnover for junior staff is significant. Lots of people leave for grad school, but junior faculty are often considered exposable. Often, the hours are very long as you are put in a position where you have to compete with your peers for performance ratings for little pay.

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    Abt Associates2020-05-22
  3. Helpful (1)

    "High External Employee Attrition is a problem"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Finance Administrator in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Abt Associates full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great colleagues, wonderful projects, and opportunities to make an impact in the developing world

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancements or moving within the organization are very subjective and seems to be based on popularity. An employee can have excellent reviews and do great work but are often overlooked for opportunities due to office politics. Abt attempted to break down "silos" and had made some progress. Over the last couple of years the "silos" are back and communication between departments and divisions is worse than ever. Employee's are overworked, overwhelmed and morale is low. Work life balance is non existent. Abt has wonderful employees who continue to work hard and continue to wait for the promised improvements to financial management tools, budget trackers, accounting systems, etc.

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    Abt Associates2020-05-07
  4. "Fun and Interesting Projects"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Associate Finance and Contract Analyst 

    I worked at Abt Associates full-time

    Pros

    Great people and alot of opportunities to collaborate with different people

    Cons

    Not much room for growth.

    Abt Associates2020-03-09
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great company with a mission"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Air Host 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Abt Associates full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    A core staff of dedicated experts with integrity and mission

    Cons

    C-suite is not suited to run the company. CEO does not know she is done.

    Abt Associates2020-01-23
  6. Helpful (1)

    "A good transitional job"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst 

    I have been working at Abt Associates full-time

    Pros

    A lot of interesting work - enough to keep you busy and rarely bored

    Cons

    Not a lot of office camaraderie and disorganized management. Underhire in order to cut costs, which leads to difficulties finishing quality deliverables on time.

    Abt Associates2020-01-11
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Very strict but driven. No room for growth"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Abt Associates full-time

    Pros

    Work is consistent, a lot of coworkers to befriend, free Parking

    Cons

    Opinion doesn’t matter, no flexibility

    Abt Associates2019-12-19
  8. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Abt Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I’m able to work from home. Support network is always a call or an email away. Great benefits!

    Cons

    Hard to feel connected to other staff since we have such limited interactions.

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    Abt Associates2019-11-30
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Depends which division you work in"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Abt Associates full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Nice office. Interesting cross-discipline work. Provide some nice learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Extraneous red tape and bureaucracy. Depending what area you work in, but can be a negative atmosphere.

    Abt Associates2019-12-09
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Policy Reaearch Experience"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Abt Associates full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Hardworking and bright leaders, excellent opportunities to grow as an analyst and consultant, staffed on meaningful analytics from day one, when I was there I definitely felt a sense of camaraderie and shared purpose.

    Cons

    If involved with a division that provides regulatory support, that can start to feel repetitive (it’s the nature of government contracting, not the company). Some development opportunities felt limited based on supervisor or teams but YMMV as it’s a huge company.

    Abt Associates2019-11-09
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