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Updated April 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Mission-driven company; great people to work with; work-life balance (in 45 reviews)

  • Interesting work, colleagues were not overly competitive with one another (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Pay for Masters-level Senior Analysts is low compared to other companies, some senior staff need serious training in interpersonal skills (in 10 reviews)

  • All the junior staff consistently has to work well past 6 pm in order to meet expected billable hours (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Great company, rough times"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in work schedule and part-time.
    Wonderful and intelligent colleagues.
    Ability to work on diversity of projects, filling diversity of roles

    Cons

    In a bit of a rough patch. Recent round of layoffs. More and more emphasis on billability, akin to lawyers but not paid nearly as well. Does not invest in long term development of employees


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Generally amazing place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting/stimulating work, incredible colleagues. Very flexible work environment and laid back atmosphere (feels very academic).

    Cons

    A lot of changes happening at the company. Lay-offs, changing offices in the near future. Morale is low and management feels distant and uncaring. A lot of lost trust among employees.

    Advice to Management

    Try to win back the trust of employees. Really listen to them. Stop the track towards becoming just another big corporation that doesn't care about their employees.


  3. "Good place to start working but not to stay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance and Contracts Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Finance and Contracts Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    I have been with a company for over 7 years. Good place to start working but not staying.Very flexible work environment and laid back atmosphere (feels academic).

    Cons

    Very hard to get promoted, hard work is not appreciated, very low pay especially for Finance and Contract Analysts in comparison with other companies. Too many managers too few employees to do the work. Pay raise is horrid. Very competitive among employees. Limited opportunities for advancement within the company in certain divisions. Hard to get salary bump/raise, promotion/annual review process unclear/political. I personally do not feel valued in this company.

    Advice to Management

    There's too much focus on reputation all capital for the wrong reasons, namely just to win more work. Pay better at lower ranks.


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  5. "Business Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Abt Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice company mission, nice co-workers, flexible hours home - office

    Cons

    management disconnect, too many managers too few employees to do the work

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees, recent changes and near future changes (location change, main software change) do not look promising


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Good place to learn but not to stay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Abt Associates (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn job skills. Extremely intelligent co-workers.

    Cons

    Because of the intelligence of the co-workers that can make it difficult to progress in projects. Too many leaders and not enough workers to implement projects. Any employees like to talk more than actually implement. Leaders do not let employees make decisions. Too many leaders involved in decisions causing a slowdown of implementation. Pay raises are horrid. They give you a good one the first year to make you think you will get a good one the following year after working long hours. They are a for-profit company and the profits go to the upper level who get great bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your employees. Give them an incentive to work hard. The young kids will work for the "good job" comments but then will realize that is all you get. No raises and no bonuses.
    Stop dangling carrots and actually pay for the work people are doing. I see this company going down the tubes quickly.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Great people, great research, difficult system for junior staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Research can be really interesting. Lots of opportunity to build new skills. People are fantastic!

    Cons

    Because projects are almost always underfunded, junior staff have to work 45-55 hours to get 40 billable hours per week. This can be a great thing if you're young, single and have the time. It can be difficult if you're in a relationship and have things you value outside of work.

    Focus on profits from the top is unhealthy and is often in conflict with Abt's founding values.

    Advice to Management

    Wind back on the focus on profits as it often is in conflict with Abt's mission.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Amazing Place To Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Clerk in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Clerk in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Abt Associates part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone in the office is excited to be there and kind and helpful. The dress code is rather casual for a consulting firm which sets a relaxed and welcoming mood where people aren't "stiff"

    Cons

    They often hire from the outside, and therefore it is not super easy to move up


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Analyst / Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Abt Associates full-time

    Pros

    High levels of autonomy and opportunities for taking leadership

    Cons

    Slow promotion structure and sometimes non-competitive salaries

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on building the lower level cadre of employees so as to not be so top heavy.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Abt Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very caring mentors who value the opinions of junior staff, great diversity of projects, ability to work on multiple projects at once, academic feel without being in academia, working on real world problems, only expected to work about 40 hours a week, great on work-life balance

    Cons

    The different divisions are fairly siloed but the company is working on collaboration across divisions, don't get the huge perks of private consulting firms (like free meals, etc.), wage increases have been pretty low

    Advice to Management

    Make a bigger investment in junior staff so they stay longer and don't feel they have to move on within 2-3 years


  11. "Associate Programmer Analyst Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Programmer Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Programmer Analyst in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

    Flexible with working at home, good work life balance, cheap cafeteria, free coffee and tea, interesting work, supervisors like to help you learn new things, great place

    Cons

    a bit low on junior staff pay

    Advice to Management

    smoother new hire transitions



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