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Westat Reviews

Updated Jun 16, 2019

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3.2
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61%
Recommend to a Friend
56%
Approve of CEO
James E. Smith
81 Ratings
Pros
  • "Focuses on a solid work life balance(in 26 reviews)

  • "Work from home opportunities (only occasionally unless you've been there for a few years(in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay and expensive insurance(in 23 reviews)

  • "Bad payment, no benefits and poor treatment(in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Loved working with this company."

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    Former Employee - Field Data Collector in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Westat part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    If you love to travel, you can see the United States while collecting data for various projects.

    Cons

    Sometimes there can be weeks between projects so make sure you save your extra money. This isn't really a con if you do this.

    Advice to Management

    None, they are doing a great job!

    Westat2019-05-08
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Your Happiness At The Company Depends On The Management"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Westat full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    For the most part I worked with kind, focused individuals who were team players.

    Cons

    My happiness at the company really was dependent on my management and there often unrealistic expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Management should understand that if current employees pick up the slack of other employees who have left, they should be rewarded and encouraged to stay. I found that the opposite actually happened.

    Westat2019-05-30
  3. "Not Too Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Westat full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule and some coworkers are great to work with and smart.

    Cons

    The company cares little about you unless you are a senior level person. Cronyism is how open positions get filled around here. There are other reviews on here that mention race and I will tell you I've experienced it for myself. HR won't do much since the more seniority you have, the more you're able to get away with things. If you are a minority applicant or minority employee I'm sorry to have to tell you that you will...

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    Advice to Management

    Past experience IS NOT everything. Take stricter action against employees who make racist comments towards minorities.

    Westat2019-06-16
  4. "great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Site Data Collector in Remote, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Westat part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    for those looking for IC positions

    Cons

    work by surveys needed there is a weight in between

    Westat2019-04-20
  5. "Awesome place to work"

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    Former Employee - Data Collector in San Bernardino, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Westat full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The hours are great and it's flexible and the work is easy just follow the guidelines

    Cons

    When the projects end you have to be approved for another one

    Advice to Management

    Awesome job

    Westat2019-04-14
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Look Elsewhere"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Westat full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart coworkers and flexibility to attend to personal matters (illness, family, appointments)

    Cons

    Very difficult to get promoted if you're not close with study directors

    Advice to Management

    My coworkers are some of the greatest people I've ever worked with. The people that run the company are a different story. I see many other reviews on here that mention racial diversity as an area the company falls behind in. Those reviews are sad to say true. Recently, the company added pictures of minorities on their careers page but their faces are covered by a blue banner while the white man in the picture can clearly...

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    Westat2019-05-18
  7. "Awesome Company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Data Collector 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Westat part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Pay, easy projects, fun , work from home, flexable schedule

    Cons

    project work, sometimes you don't work if there is not a project available

    Westat2019-04-05
  8. "Stable place to work"

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      Former Employee - CRA 

      I worked at Westat full-time

      Pros

      Competitive salary, interesting work, great coworkers

      Cons

      Lots of middle management

      Westat2019-03-28
    • Helpful (2)

      "Look somewhere else"

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      Current Employee - Research Analyst in Rockville, MD
      Doesn't Recommend

      I have been working at Westat full-time for more than 10 years

      Pros

      Many smart people as colleagues. Great benefits.

      Cons

      To be promoted you need to fill a very narrow definition of who the company wants to see rise to the top, and people of color do not fit that definition. Years or experience, success in carrying out studies, or graduate degrees are not given the weight they should. Cronyism is rampant. No flexibility in working from home, inept upper level managers, low pay compared to federal government.

      Advice to Management

      This is not the company it was ten years ago, and it's a shame.

      Westat2019-04-03
    • Helpful (2)

      "Needs a lot of improvement"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Westat full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Not a lot of micromanagement

      Cons

      Strict qualifications for moving up

      Advice to Management

      I’ve been at Westat for 3 years and and the company hasn’t changed one bit for the better. They are proud of themselves for making the top 500 list of most diverse employers but they placed #279. That is nothing to be proud of. Promote and hire minorities into research and management positions, specifically African Americans and Hispanics. It is a joke that the company is proud to boast about being diverse and yet a majority...

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      Westat2019-04-17
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