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Abt Associates Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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Pros
  • I feel lucky to have been smart enough to choose Abt early on in my career as I learned about how to have a sustainable work-life balance there (in 50 reviews)

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

Cons
  • There is too much talk about work-life balance and not enough actual (in 8 reviews)

  • Policies are more focused towards retention of the senior staff, middle tier staff feels left out at times (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

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

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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.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Amazing Place To Work"

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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

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Analyst / Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist"

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    • 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.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing place to work"

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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


  5. "Associate Programmer Analyst Review"

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    • 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


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Salary increase average = 2% for last two years"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance. Cheap cafeteria food. Parking. Collaborate with different levels of management, meet interesting people of different educational backgrounds. Networking.

    Cons

    Entry level employees are not motivated to stay. The salaries are low for the market. Not competitive.


  7. "Great Company & Mission"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Contracts Administrator in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Contracts Administrator in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, benefits, and challenging opportunities.

    Cons

    For me the location makes for a long commute but remote working as option balances this out.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company, Even Better Mission"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Subcontracts Administrator in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Subcontracts Administrator in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Abt Associates is involved in some of the most gratifying work around the world. Their mission is to "Improve the quality of lives and economic well-being of people around the world". They support the people who need it the most and have an impact that is hard to not get behind. Employee owned. Huge promoter of work-life balance and telecommuting.

    Cons

    This company is pretty frugal when it comes to spending money on equipment like laptops, and holiday events (no open bar, just one drink ticket and no guests). Any happy hours or events are mostly imitated and paid for by the employees who make the decision to socialize outside of work.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in your employees. Abt has stripped more and more away from employees, I would like to see a return to where Abt was years ago when company perks included more than just a paycheck and general benefits.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, smart and dedicated people, teaches high-quality research skills and methodologies

    Cons

    Pay for Masters-level Senior Analysts is low compared to other companies, some senior staff need serious training in interpersonal skills

    Advice to Management

    Value interpersonal skills! Pay Masters-level staff more! Client and people management keep the company running. Technical skills alone do not make use strong or useful.


  10. Helpful (11)

    "Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Collegial and smart people (for the most part), mission-driven organization. Flexible working arrangements. Total package of benefits are good.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy, absolutely horrid IT support, little opportunity for advancement, outside hires paid more than internal promotions. Too many senior managers that don't seem to have a good grasp of what technical staff actually do. Anemic salary increases. Disconnect between long-term goals and concrete ability to reach them. Not enough pushback on client demands that are (frequently) unreasonable. CTO is incompetent. Training is insufficient to ensure all staff remain up-to-date with policies and ensures unified methods.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the entire IT department, and hire a small business to serve our IT needs. Easier to make demands when long-running issues are not met. Generate more profit to meet long-term unmet logistical needs - additional revenue on international projects don't help improve deficiencies company-wide.


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