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"Depends a lot on your project directors..."

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Former Employee - Research Assistant in Rockville, MD
Former Employee - Research Assistant in Rockville, MD
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Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

good benefits, flexible working hours, some interesting work

Cons

One's experience at Westat depends so much on who is directing the projects that you are working on. As someone fresh out of college, the project director of the main project I was staffed on did not take the time to train me or nurture me as an employee. In addition, there are a lot of strange "research types" at Westat. For the most part, employees are older and have worked at Westat for the majority of their career.

Advice to Management

Spend more time training and developing young staff members

Other Employee Reviews for Westat

  1. "Field data collector for federal government studies"

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    Current Employee - Field Data Collector in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Field Data Collector in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Independent, work my own hours, plan my own days. Part time work, 25 hours a week. Paid mileage at $0.55/mi. Weekly paychecks direct deposit. Little supervision. Opportunity for paid travel.

    Cons

    No benefits. No bonus. Little room for promotion.


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    "Ok company to work for but LOTS of issues"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    Free Parking
    Decent Benefits
    Private offices
    Depending on your assignment supervisor flexibility in work schedule

    Cons

    As many have pointed out Salary is below industry standards. Raises are negligible. They have a dual supervisor model which is intended to protect empolyees but it rarely works as intended. Your personnel supervisor is supposed to be your advocate while your assignment supervisor monitors your work assignments. Here's the problem with this model...a lot of times your personnel supervisor is directly involved in managing your project so it ends up being a huge conflict of interest. Nepotism runs rampant and getting attractive assignments is often based on "who you know" rather than "what you know". As another poster said lots of cliques (In some cases you would just as easily mistake this place for a high school campus). Management is a joke! Total lack of people skills and professionalism. Very unclear directives. Some of them downright verbally abuse employees and get away with it. There is no recourse. You are encouraged to ask for new roles or assignments but unless you know the right people you rarely get assigned to want interests you. Most of the positions end up being dead end.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more advanced training to assignment leads and personnel supervisors
    Redistribute employees so that PSUPs are not directly involved in employees' project work
    provide more career advancement

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