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"Abt is a great first job, but not a place to grow as a young professional"

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Former Employee - Research Assistant in Bethesda, MD
Former Employee - Research Assistant in Bethesda, MD
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Abt was a great first job. While all employees are expected to work 40 hours/week, how that time is distributed across the week is flexible, as long as you are generally available to do the tasks you need to do. There is a definite positive family/work-life balance. I worked on a diverse range of project topics, and my tasks also ranged from your typical "junior employee" jobs (making copies, sending emails, organizing emails) to more advanced experiences, such as going on site visits and participating in interviewing program participants and staff.

Cons

There is very little incentive to stay here as a junior-level employee after the first year or two. The tuition reimbursement program is limited compared to other similar companies - they offer less reimbursement per year and expect employees to work more hours in order to be eligible. Without a Masters degree, it is difficult to move up through the company beyond the first promotion cycle. It can be difficult to be placed on projects that are specific to your research interests. Starting salaries are also lower than at other similar companies.

Advice to Management

Invest some more time and money into junior level staff so that they are more likely to stay and grow with the company.

Other Employee Reviews for Abt Associates

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Good overall, but has some problems"

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    Current Employee - Communications in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Communications in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mission, smart people, generally collaborative culture

    Cons

    Some senior leaders consistently make commitments that are unrealistic for their teams to achieve.

    Advice to Management

    Top management needs to be aware of what is going on with staff in specific departments. Department leaders present a picture of a success when the reality is a department without good leadership, unrealistic timelines and a culture where people learn that voicing concerns is not well-received.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to start a career"

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    Current Employee - Associate Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Abt Associates is a well-respected government contractor in a variety of fields, and is growing rapidly. As a result staff are exposed to many different types of work (although this varies by division). The executives are focused on keeping Abt at the cutting edge technologically, giving the firm an upper hand in an industry were methods are typically slow to change. The company is packed with smart people who on the whole care about their coworkers, and actively promote a positive work environment. The company is generally supportive of staff who want to use company money for professional development, such as take a course for college credit. The benefits are great and again, great people.

    Cons

    Junior staff need to be active in networking, building relationships, and seeking out the kind of work that they're interested in. If not, one runs a risk of being sidelined on monotonous projects. No one hold's your hand, and failure to adapt can mean a much less fulfilling experience.

    Abt also does not specifically hire managers, but has its technical staff do the managing. This is sometimes problematic, especially with low-level managers that may not have the tightest grasp on good management practice.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent with employees about business outlook (there were some issues with hiding the true cost of the sequester). Invest more in management training.

    Also some divisions will benefit from catching up with the company as a whole and adopting the kind of forward thinking that has done so much to help the company grow.

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