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Abt Associates Reviews

Updated November 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 21 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. "Great company, Great culture"

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    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


  2. "Call Center Research Interviewer (Spanish)"

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    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

  3. 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.


  4. "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


  5. "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


  6. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  7. "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

  8. "Flexible work"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  9. "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!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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.


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