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3.4
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71%
Recommend to a Friend
67%
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 22 reviews)

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  1. "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 (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
  2. "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 (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
  3. "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
  4. "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 19 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
    • "Good company"

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      Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Westat full-time for more than 19 years

      Pros

      Company is employee owned. Benefits are excellent, especially ESOP and 401k contributions.

      Cons

      Long time tenure of staff makes organization top heavy making career advancement difficult.

      Westat2019-03-21
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      "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
    • Helpful (1)

      "Ok company"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Westat full-time

      Pros

      Project managers are lenient when it comes to doctors appointments and such.

      Cons

      Very strict requirements for moving up in the company. They look for the "perfect" and experienced candidate rather than developing and training younger staff. Racial diversity could be a lot better.

      Advice to Management

      The company is great in terms of gender diversity but has room for improvement in terms of racial diversity. When I look inside conference rooms when meetings are being held it's surprising how many older white men and women are filling those seats rather than hiring more minorities in project management.

      Westat2019-03-22
    • "Solid company"

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        Former Employee - Senior Study Director in Washington, DC

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

        Pros

        Strong professional staff supports mentoring

        Cons

        Units are siloed and it is difficult to work outside of one unit

        Advice to Management

        none

        Westat2019-03-18
      • Helpful (2)

        "corporate bullying"

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        Former Employee - Triage in North Port, FL
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

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

        Pros

        flexibility to choose your own schedule is a BIG plus

        Cons

        unless you work at the corporate office, you are not valued

        Advice to Management

        lead by example

        Westat2019-03-14
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