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Westat Reviews

Updated July 18, 2018
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Pros
  • "Focuses on a solid work life balance" (in 24 reviews)

  • "Work from home opportunities (only occasionally unless you've been there for a few years" (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay, Not enough hours to work they over hire" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Boring work, not a lot of room for growth" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Current Employee"

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

    I have been working at Westat full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and great staff. Focuses on a solid work life balance.

    Cons

    Limited promotional opportunity within the company.


  2. "Data collector"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible hours so could take care of business

    Cons

    Could decrease hours without notice

  3. "Good place to start your career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Westat full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Generally relaxed work environment with friendly, intelligent colleagues. Depending on your skills, you can work on a wide range of projects. You are encouraged to pick up new skills, but you have to be motivated to seek out those opportunities on your own. Do your work well and you will earn trust. Excellent work-life balance with job security as long as you are a good employee.

    Cons

    Advancement is slow and pay is below market rates. The current structure does not encourage keeping their best employees because compensation cannot keep up. Supervisors need to work more closely with employees to create a vision for each employee's future with the company to help with retention.

    Advice to Management

    Change how employees are compensated. Compensation should more strongly consider skills than tenure at the company. Employees should also be given the opportunity to provide feedback on their supervisors.

    The current president appears to be making more of an effort to meet and talk with lower-level employees, which is great.


  4. "Great temporary work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Westat part-time

    Pros

    I worked on a field study, and was perfectly happy to do the work. Excellent training and support.

    Cons

    Training was too detailed and tedious.


  5. "Part-time Telephone Data Collector"

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    Former Employee - Part-time Telephone Data Collector
    Former Employee - Part-time Telephone Data Collector
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Only that you can work from home

    Cons

    They don't hire black people (my husband & his family applied & I recommended them), the pay is extremely low, the recruiters are rude, lie about what the job description says to certain candidates, and it's not a stable job. They're always hiring. Also, they asked my husband and his family if they could adjust their voices to speak "properly" because they don't want to scare the callers.

    Advice to Management

    Hire new professional Recruiters, give the company some diversity and increase the hourly pay!


  6. "Field Interviewer"

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    Current Employee - Field Interviewer
    Current Employee - Field Interviewer

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

    Pros

    flexible work schedule, minimal supervision, get to work on your own, travel opportunities if you meet your qouta and are a productive employee. great 401k plan. decent pay depending on area you work in, milleage paid back $0.55 per mile.

    Cons

    some supervisors are not as knowledgable as they should be and can micro manage at times, ive had great supervisors and ive had poor supervisors. there are months at a time of no work, usually only work 7-8 months out of the year at most. light case load at times. as a field interviewer it is probably best to consider this a part time job, unless you are working on multiple projects. Not much opportunity for advancment in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier for multi year field interviewers to advance up in company.


  7. "Field interviewer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Westat part-time

    Pros

    Work independent, flexible schedule, mileage reimbursement

    Cons

    Evenings and weekends required to be successful

  8. "Field Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Westat full-time

    Pros

    Field Interviewers were pleasant to work with

    Cons

    Work-life balance was horrible. You feel like you work 24 hours a day.

    Advice to Management

    Supervisors need better pay and balance. Worked 60+ hours a week.


  9. "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Westat full-time

    Pros

    Stable, family friendly, project oriented

    Cons

    Little advancement, below average salaries


  10. "Date collector, assessment administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Westat part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice part time flexible job. Great for retirement income. Nice people . Overtime. Travel. Enjoy the challenges. Always quick with pay and expense reimbursement

    Cons

    Lack of communication re terms of employment assignment areas, team members, travel info, . We block time for studies and sometimes never hear if we are selected or not

    Advice to Management

    Need better communication. Need to be a bit more trusting of employees , most of whom are dedicated and are giving the best effort possible


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