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Westat Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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James E. Smith
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Pros
  • Excellent company, good work life balance, genuinely nice people who care about their work (in 19 reviews)

  • Supportive upper management, opportunities to work from home (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Relatively low pay for non-statisticians (in 12 reviews)

  • PM is treated more as a secretarial position, with no room for growth (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent place to work in research!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Westat full-time

    Pros

    Good people, a great sense of community. Great opportunity for personal growth and learning. A feeling of contributing to something bigger and giving back to society.

    Cons

    Near DC, commute can be a hassle, but worth the drive.


  2. "You won't get paid what you're worth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Westat full-time

    Pros

    Cafeteria, gym, co-workers are like family

    Cons

    Low salary, seniority takes precedence above skill when it comes to upward mobility

    Advice to Management

    Pay young employees what they're worth so they might actually stay for a while!


  3. "Research associate"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and minimal supervision on dome jobs

    Cons

    Not enough upward mobility

    Advice to Management

    Utilize employees skills properly


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    "Research assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Westat full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, very nice people and interesting projects

    Cons

    no advancement, the pay is not great


  6. "Research Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed schedule, decent pay, good work ethic.

    Cons

    Low vacation and sick leave benefits, little opportunity for advancement, not the best pay.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Accounting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Westat full-time

    Pros

    Good 401K
    Employee Stock with dividends
    Co-workers.
    Flexible schedule

    Cons

    Pay is way subpar compared to the industry.
    Management was head in the wrong direction

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees with more respect
    Bring back litte perks that used to make-up the pay


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You make your own schedule

    Cons

    Company does not offer benefits for field workers and they promise 401 k and it is non existent. This is not something that I recommend company lacks organization. You go to strange people's homes this can be dangerous chance of being bitten by dog etc... this is a contract job. Also the training starts at 8 am you will have no time to explore city out of training is in


  9. "Survey Statistician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Westat full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Strong ESOP, worker friendly, professional, supportive

    Cons

    Federal consulting depends on constant acquisition of work.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Points for flexibility and stability"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Westat full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you are
    1. a statistician and therefore desired
    2. someone who needs flexibility in scheduling (depends on your position but the company is fairly family-friendly)
    3. someone who values stability over income or opportunity
    this is the place for you

    Cons

    For lower profile staff, compensation is below average for the region
    Even though the company thinks it promotes from within, it doesn't, or only within certain tiers
    Too many VPs - and therefore, large salaries concentrated

    Advice to Management

    Employee-owned should mean that all the employees (at least all who own) are taken into consideration when financial decisions are made.


  11. "Field Interviewer"

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    Former Employee - Field Interviewer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Field Interviewer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility which was important to me with a young child....Got to know the respondents since I followed them for three years....some were a mile from my home, some 50 or more, but its the kind of work I like I am very independent

    Cons

    Really weren't any, you work out of your house and as long as you do your job everything is great

    Advice to Management

    None



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