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"A variety of activities have kept me here for much longer than I ever anticipated"

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  • Culture & Values
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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Associate in Bethesda, MD
Current Employee - Senior Associate in Bethesda, MD
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Abt Associates part-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

Talented staff, many different projects, and has managed to be successful over the past several years even while competitors have foundered

Cons

Many staff, especially junior staff, have challenges finding adequate coverage when the projects they are hired for end. Need a better labor management system.

Advice to Management

Find ways to retain talented junior staff -- and find opportunities for them to expand their skill sets and not just serve as glorified administrative assistants.

Other Employee Reviews for Abt Associates

  1. "Good place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Highly professional, good people, interesting projects. Good work-life balance

    Cons

    Some top people are very smug and not as smart as they think, they like to hear themselves talk and have fairly poor management skills

    Advice to Management

    A key thing is getting oneself on good projects, and how that happens is fairly opaque. It seems like the process should be more open. Also, there is a big company-wide push to be more interdisciplinary and global, but the divisions are fairly insular.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Young People with Fresh Energy and Ideas Will not Last Long Here."

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule depending on your manager.
    Collegiate environment, lots of ivy leaguers, sometimes friendly. You can meet some great people there.
    Great place to begin your career.
    CEO has good vision.
    Good salary with regular bonuses so if this is all you care about you will do great here.
    Good exposure to business development, everybody is involved.

    Cons

    Senior Management can sometimes be unbelievably rude and intimidating therefore environment turns hostile very quickly.
    Most senior managers are technical experts who do not know how to manage people or projects.
    Promotion and progress appears to depend on who you work for.
    Review system is expensive, time consuming, useless and has to be approved by your boss so if you have problems with this individual there is not much you can say as this person approves your review.
    No clear path to share concerns, HR appears to be useless. Good luck if you have an issue.
    Some questionable, non-compliant, acts.
    Management not open to new ideas so young people with good ideas leave as quickly as they came.
    Lots of government money WASTED on useless projects managed by un-savvy technical leads.
    Insufficient training on system tools provided to newbies who are then expected to complete tasks perfectly.
    People with advanced degrees doing administrative work.

    Advice to Management

    Create an environment that fosters collaboration and nurtures fresh talent. Be an inspiration to younger staff, solicit their opinions and views on how to accomplish tasks. Take a stronger stance against workplace bullying. Choose your managers with care, some of them are destroying client relationships, promising resources and the future of this company that Clark Abt worked so hard to build.

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