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Abt Associates Reviews

Updated January 12, 2019
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Abt Associates President and CEO Kathleen L. Flanagan
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  • "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 (2)

    "Great company, great culture"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - N/A in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - N/A in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Abt offers excellent work/life balance. There is a strong emphasis on learning and the company makes it possible to grow through formal learning and through other options such as marketplace mobility which allows you to connect and learn from other departments. There is a lot of flexibility in terms of work schedule. I find that many of my colleagues telecommute at least once per week.

    Cons

    There is a strong emphasis on meetings, which may not be everyone's preferred method of communication. However, it is nice to connect with others that may work remotely through these meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Please ensure that top-down communication makes its way to all employees.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Fantastic Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Abt Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Women are leading at all levels of the organization, including the C-suite and Board of Directors
    -Mission driven strategy, and not seeking to penny-pinch or maximize profit at the expense of employees
    -Leadership values employee input and regularly and clearly communicates what initiatives or programs are being implemented to address employee concerns or wishes in an open forum.
    -Clear transparency into the organization's financial health, and how financial decisions are made (salary increases, bonus pools).
    -Amazing flexibility of work arrangements including hours, location, telecommuting, daily schedule etc.
    -Global presence and open minded, international perspectives.

    Cons

    In a company of scientists and analysts, the businesses naturally tend to harbor mainly introverted and academic personalities which can make connecting with coworkers difficult if you're extroverted. There are of course friendly communities in the places you'd usually expect-- among junior staff, or in departments like communications, human resources, business development etc.

  3. "Standard Call Center"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Abt Associates full-time

    Pros

    They have great schedule flexibility.

    Cons

    The supervisors tend to look down on the callers.

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend emphasizing to the management that treating employees with respect is a vital part of any business.


  4. "Great place to start a career!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Abt provides many opportunities for learning on the job, including access to resources, events, mobility assignments, etc.

    Cons

    Abt is going through some changes, but leadership is supportive and transparent.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to your employees! We value opportunities to share feedback.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Communications Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Communications in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great vision. Updated office environment. Motivated staff.

    Cons

    Too much of a focus on profit takes away from the companies mission. The focus on ensuring each staff member bills a client for each 15 minutes worked creates a less social and friendly work environment. The location is far from ideal and staff who live in DC often face well over an hour commute each way.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink the "billability" idea. It takes away from the company mission and creates a less ideal work environment. It also makes it appear that employee happiness is valued less than how much money we can earn the company.


  6. "Great company, Great culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Abt Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, interesting work and fun colleagues; lots of things to take part in whether it's work, fun or community events

    Cons

    Lots of change going on but its so the company can grow


  7. "Call Center Research Interviewer (Spanish)"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Abt Associates part-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, slightly higher pay for bilingual staff

    Cons

    No benefits (health insurance, paid holidays, paid sick days, etc.) for part-time staff, repetitive tasks

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Unfair salary practices"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Abt Associates full-time

    Pros

    You become part of an incredible global network, with opportunities to work with people all over the world

    Cons

    They base salary offerings are based on past employment salaries and do not take into consideration large enough differences in cost of living, especially if you've been working overseas, previous under-payment salary history, such as employment at an NGO... The salary bands for the same level are enormous, spanning a difference of $30k or more and cross each other. So an associate analyst can be earning more than an analyst or an analyst with a comparable position and years of experience to another may be earning an additional $20k.

    Program managers can be stringent in their project culture in a way that contradicts company culture.


  9. "A good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Abt Associates full-time

    Pros

    Ability to work remotely, ability to work across divisions

    Cons

    Disconnect between junior and senior staff


  10. "Relaxed Culture"

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

    I worked at Abt Associates full-time

    Pros

    Job security. This place operates like the government in that people don't seem t get fired. There are a lot of lifers.

    Cons

    Favoritism towards certain staff memebers