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"Comfortable "Research" for Feds"

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Former Employee - Research Associate in Rockville, MD
Former Employee - Research Associate in Rockville, MD
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Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Westat full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

-Good, smart, dedicated helpful people, caring leadership
-Nice work environment
-Smart business longterm thinking-- keep staff funded across projects, so when 1 funding source dries up, you don't find yourself suddenly gone. Staff feel secure, treated professionally, and focus well on their work, and doing their best.
-Good place to start out and learn
-Great work/life balance
-A company with a good, solid, reliable reputation to produce quality for large-scale research (e.g., massive longitudinal surveys) projects, surveys, etc.

Cons

-Professional advancement is very limited, no matter how smart you are or how hard you work.
-Don't expect state-of-the-art stuff-- IT, creative thinking, or quick-moving anything.
-As with many research places, admin support is skimpy and disconnected from project teams. It can cause needless chaos and poor morale.
-Mid-level leadership is not really leading staff in the latest tech and research, actually lagging

Advice to Management

-Encourage and reward professional growth and development, not just advance degrees, but tech-savviness.
-Cut back on $ on the employee events (e.g., holiday party) and give more paid time off.
-Keep up the model of keeping people funded through multiple projects. Invest in your folks and they will continue to stay. But remember there are a lot of new folks out there who would love to stay and share their new ideas, energy, and smarts with you-- make room for them and you'll get rejuvenated overall.

Other Employee Reviews for Westat

  1. "Data colector"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Data Collector At Home
    Current Contractor - Data Collector At Home

    I have been working at Westat as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, flexible hours.
    Get training with pay, choose your own hour, the project you want to work.
    Nice mentor

    Cons

    I am working 2 different project at the same time which can be very frustrated.
    Sometimes it is hard to get more hour in certain time.


  2. "Data collector"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Colector in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - Data Colector in Reading, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Good mentor
    good paid training
    help community to understand more about health related issues
    making good income

    Cons

    sometimes not get enough hours
    late hour working such as midnight or weekend
    all on the internet and phone line

    Advice to Management

    none


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