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Abt Associates Reviews

Updated September 13, 2018
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Abt Associates President and CEO Kathleen L. Flanagan
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Pros
  • "Decent work-life balance though things get hectic during proposals or prior to deliverable due dates" (in 55 reviews)

  • "They are doing some interesting work" (in 20 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 10 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. "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

  3. "Sub Admin"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Abt Associates full-time

    Pros

    worked for 4 years. Great environment.

    Cons

    None. Great people. Great environment.


  4. "Interesting work, going through a lot of changes"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Abt Associates full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work, opportunity to work across projects

    Cons

    A lot of changes, lack of transparency


  5. "Flexible work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Abt Associates full-time

    Pros

    Flexible, global focus, expanding internationally

    Cons

    Nothing especially sticks out as negative


  6. "Mission Driven"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Abt Associates full-time

    Pros

    really important and impactfull work

    Cons

    no downsides at all here!


  7. "Touting ethics in surveys, lacking ethics in employee quality of life"

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

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

    Pros

    It felt good participating in important research. You can choose your own schedule.

    Cons

    Though you can choose your own schedule, you are supposed to be able to sign up for between 20-29 hours, but this is only if there are even 20 hours available. When I started I was told we could work up to 40 hours, then this was immediately nixed. Then there weren't even 20 hours available. You cannot count on any kind of stability....and while hours are sparse, they continue to hire more people, making less hours available....which creates animosity towards the new people. Only a couple of the supervisors are friendly. The rest are always in bad moods and glare at everyone, and become irritable if you ask questions to make sure you're handling information correctly. It's a really miserable environment that offers hours and wages you can't live off of

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring if you can't offer hours. Focus as much on ethics when it comes to the quality of life of your employees as you do with the information you're handling. Treat the employees like people and not just dialing machines.

  8. "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


  9. "Demoralized and down"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Abt Associates part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent wage
    ESOP and 5% match are okay
    Easy work
    Great coms with middle management
    Decent office chairs

    Cons

    No chance for internal advancement
    Office feels defeated
    No vacation time (outside of what’s legally mandated)
    Work dependent on the senior staffs contract wins
    Most benefits are locked out for me
    Watching every person you work with advance while you’re not

    Advice to Management

    Where do I start? I’m not even mad anymore. I’ve tried twice to advance to a full time junior position. Been told twice that my skills weren’t up to par. I asked why and what I needed to learn to move up. I did what they asked and continually improved myself.
    Still am now and yet I have to watch as new hires are made and others are promoted while I’m stuck at the same wage for doing entry level junior work I’ve and more senior staff have done for the past couple of years. I was mad now I’m simply disappointed.
    While there are some in management who see this and appreciate what I do (I in turn reciprocate the appreciation), I have to worry each week whether there will be work next week for me.
    I should walk away. I should but I can’t.
    All I want is job security or at least an honest reasoning behind new people being hired for junior positions while I run in place on this treadmill I’ve seemingly been placed on.


  10. "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.


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