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Abt Associates Reviews

Updated March 20, 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. Featured Review

    Helpful (6)

    "Great company, great culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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. "Great people, out-of-touch executives"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dedicated, collaborative colleagues not into hierarchy. Stimulating work.

    Cons

    Upper management in executive roles lack knowledge of front-line employee challenges delivering quality for clients on ever squeezed budgets. Cost control cuts the people with knowledge in favor of new MBAs who don't have a clue

    Advice to Management

    road to better profit margins lies in hiring client-facing staff not more execs who lack knowledge of what employees do and how.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Developer
    Current Employee - Applications Developer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have many different projects giving me solid experience and exposure to various technologies. It's a comfortable and friendly work environment.

    Cons

    Sometimes I get stuck on a project I don't like and don't have a say on how to improve it.


  4. "Flexible schedule, easy work"

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    Former Employee - Research Interviewer in Huntington, WV
    Former Employee - Research Interviewer in Huntington, WV

    I worked at Abt Associates part-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, work was easy, laidback environment

    Cons

    Boring at times, rude respondents


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Fantastic Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  6. "Good company, hard time to be a govt contractor"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mission, and very nice people. Usually very good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Not very good growth opportunities, in my personal experience. It also happens to be a tough time to be serving the government, but that isn't the company's fault!

    Advice to Management

    There are large discrepancies in salaries across individuals and divisions, and they often feel very arbitrary. This contributes to the low morale here.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Standard Call Center"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, Great culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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