Westat - Very little loyalty to long time employees, poster child for what can you do for me today leadership | Glassdoor
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"Very little loyalty to long time employees, poster child for what can you do for me today leadership"

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Former Employee - Senior Operations Manager in Rockville, MD
Former Employee - Senior Operations Manager in Rockville, MD
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Westat full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

Depending upon the project needs, somewhat flexible in schedule requirements. Reasonable benefits plan.

Cons

Extremely clique orientated, work groups often staffed by "who you know" versus who is qualified. Absolutely no loyality to long time salaried employees. If your project goes down they rarely will cover you until something else comes along. Very prone to hiring inexperienced young staff with degrees at lower salaries and releasing senior staff who reached their salary level through hard work and proficiency. Low in pay rates to industry scale.

Advice to Management

Wake up and become what Westat used to be, an employee owned business with the best interests of the employees constantly in mind. Westat has a lot to offer, but the company personality has changed radically over the last ten years.

Other Employee Reviews for Westat

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Stable company but communication and management could be better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Westat full-time

    Pros

    Staff are experts in their fields and the work environment is generally supportive (not overly hierarchical). The benefits are good, especially for retirement, and the company invests in the well-being of the workforce (stock ownership, new gym/cafeteria, health benefits). There is flexibility in working hours. If a (mid-to-senior) staff member moves out of town but desires to continue working for Westat remotely, they often are accommodating.

    Cons

    There can be limited communication regarding project assignment and roles, and it is unclear how much the company supports internal staff career advancement. Some supervisors are better managers than others. The location is far from the metro. Workload can fluctuate a lot. Vacation/holiday benefits are stingy, and there seems to be general dissatisfaction with salary levels.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "SAS Programer, about 10 years at Westat, laid off without any notice to enhance bottom line."

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    Former Employee - SAS Programmer in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - SAS Programmer in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Westat full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Free parking and Coffee. Every other benefit you pay for one way or another.

    Cons

    The management is a 'insider club', and everyone else is expendable, no loyalty, no reward for working long days(12 hour expected is normal). Weekend work, is expected even though you will not be given any comp time. Project managers are the worst, and as you go up management ladder it gets worse. Your only usefulness is what can you do for me today.

    Is it worth the time to spend here to fluff up your resume and move on quickly? However, as I found out later, having Westat on your resume is not that great if you ask around. The projects that they have had for years are slowly going to other companies, and the bad rep is starting to sour the relationships they had with key government agencies.

    Bottom line, take the time to look around, you can probably do better in the long run.

    Advice to Management

    Some amount of humanity would be nice, instead of just treating people like a expendable commodity. No loyalty, no decency or respect for 90% of your staff.

    Shameful.

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