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Updated October 8, 2018
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Pros
  • "Focuses on a solid work life balance" (in 25 reviews)

  • "Work from home opportunities (only occasionally unless you've been there for a few years" (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay, Not enough hours to work they over hire" (in 19 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great Company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Field Interviewer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Field Interviewer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, interaction with people from all walks of life. Excellent Management Team

    Cons

    Lack of opportunity for growth

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Lister"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly, social, good benefits, open space, free food

    Cons

    Commute, salary, hours, management, organization

  3. "Great company to work for"

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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

    Pros

    Nice work environment, good work/life balance

    Cons

    none that i can think of


  4. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Billing in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Billing in Rockville, MD
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Westat full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, they invest in their employees by properly training them, the cafeteria :-) is great and the cost of the food is not expensive. Most employees have their own office. Everyone is very friendly, professional and helpful. Most Employees that I met when I was working there was working there for a minimum of 3 years. Beautiful campus!

    Cons

    Low salary and a little behind in terms of providing current software for their employees to work more efficiently. The ability to work remotely is pretty much none existent since you are not given a personal lap top when you come on board. You will have to check one out on a first come first serve basis.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "RA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Westat full-time

    Pros

    - Ease you into project tasks so not overwhelmed.
     - Interesting project work.

    Cons

    - Low pay and limited PTO.
     - Very cliquey. It was difficult to find footing when I first started, and didn't get a chance to really bond with anyone until I was already considering leaving. Even still, I never quite felt like I could fit in, as well as others I had spoken to, resulting in me and others leaving the company.
     - Very slow at times, to the point where there was nothing to do. I would ask for work, and either get no response back or told to do busy work.
     - Upper level staff were not always responsive.
     - Limited to one or two project in your first year which sounds good at the time until you realize there isn't much work to do or it would be monotonous.

    Advice to Management

    I think the experience really depends on who your personnel supervisor is. I had a great buddy, but without that upper level support, it can be tough to find your footing in this company. Better pay too. It's pretty low and non-competitive, which is surprising considering how large the organization is.


  6. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Data Manager in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Data Manager in Rockville, MD
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Employee owned, flexible hours, cafe and gym onsite

    Cons

    Promotion comes slow, low pay


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Field Interviewer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Westat part-time

    Pros

    schedule flexibility, good pay (including mileage), thorough training

    Cons

    some disorganization at management level which could be frustrating at times, but my overall experience was good

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Stable but bad attitudes, poor conditions and no growth potential"

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

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

    Pros

    No mass layoffs since the contracts tend to overlap and are multi year. They’re good at moving people to projects when they have downtime.
    Everyone gets an office

    Cons

    Horrible manager- insults subordinates in meetings, dismisses experience, won’t let people transfer to other positions.
    Serious lack of sensitivity towards people with disabilities.
    Travel is mandatory even if at hiring you’ve stated you can’t travel
    Extremely filthy buildings with mild, rodents and drywall chunks everywhere
    Resistance to change, lack of modern technology, lack of business skills of managers
    Value education over experience for lower ranks, while higher ranks have never worked anywhere else and lack diverse skills
    They hire part time people knowing exactly when they’re going to release them, but lie to their faces about future opportunities
    Extremely low pay

    Advice to Management

    The people who’ve been there for multiple decades haven’t had to learn new management techniques or project management skills. Start getting rid of those group heads who fear change or modernizations and use their bloated salaries to pay people a living wage.


  9. "Data Collector"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Westat part-time

    Pros

    option to work from home

    Cons

    no cons to report as of today

    Advice to Management

    Great Management - Keep it up


  10. "Medical Laboratory Scientist"

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

    I have been working at Westat part-time

    Pros

    Love the travel and my coworkers

    Cons

    None. I love it!

    Advice to Management

    None


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