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Westat Reviews

Updated December 2, 2017
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Pros
  • Work from home opportunities (only occasionally unless you've been there for a few years (in 25 reviews)

  • Excellent company, good work life balance, genuinely nice people who care about their work (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay ,No pay raises ever after you reach 11 (in 16 reviews)

  • PM is treated more as a secretarial position, with no room for growth (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (8)

    "Good company that needs to catch up with the times"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Researcher in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Researcher in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Multidisciplinary, room for advancement, friendly co-workers, employee-owned, some managers promote work-life balance

    Cons

    Benefits are expensive, company has trouble keeping younger talent - constantly losing newer workers to companies with better pay and benefits once they have a little experience, Aging workforce means that company policies and benefits are aimed at those who will retire soon rather than recruiting and retaining new talent, clunky and inefficient

    Advice to Management

    Modernize benefits and incentives so you can recruit and retain talented younger employees. Your benefits packages, particularly health coverage, are no longer competitive, so your salaries need to be.


  2. "Nice company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Westat full-time

    Pros

    work load is not heavy. co-workers are friendly. Westat provides a lots of internal training.

    Cons

    salary is about average

  3. "Good place"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Bio Statistician in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Bio Statistician in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Westat part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The benefit is pretty good and people are very friendly.

    Cons

    There are too many training need to be completed.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Your experience depends on your job title and department"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Westat full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful benefits
    Some great coworkers
    Employee owned firm
    Interesting work

    I've had some really wonderful experiences here. I've had some great coworkers and really interesting work.

    Cons

    Some unbearable senior management
    Only 6 days off per year (holiday leave- anything else is vacation)
    Conflict avoidant culture
    Layoffs lately (like many research firms that rely on gov. funding)

    It's really hard to climb the ladder without a Ph.D. or someone in your department that fights hard for you that has a lot of pull. There's some cliques. If you're not in them you don't get work.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people more equally. Assess them the same for similar mistakes and similar work.

    Provide some training to new supervisors. They need more awareness and training on how to treat/deal with junior staff.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Helpdesk"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Helpdesk Agent in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Helpdesk Agent in Gaithersburg, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Westat full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, friendly coworkers.

    Cons

    -Low pay

    -Some managers will be deliberately negligent and downright petty about their treatment of some employees, retreating them like children. Only reason I give a four star rating is because most of the time, the assistant managers were more helpful than the head managers themselves.

    -With the inevitable lag of employment between projects because of budget issues, benefits are just not competitive. Good employees aren't given enough for being dedicated to their work.

    Advice to Management

    Tell the truth to your employees about their performance, we are all professionals. Don't foist the responsibility for everything to others, give more recognition to employees who go the extra mile, instead of dumping them to their fate between projects. Plan projects better to not put the strain on your employees.


  6. "Flexible and interesting work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Interviewer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Field Interviewer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, well run employee owned company. Nice supervisors who provide the resources field interviewers need. All mileage reimbursed, and decent pay for the work.

    Cons

    The challenge in interviewing is tracking people down. Although you get paid for all your time and mileage, you will spend quite a bit of time driving around trying to find people at home. It can be frustrating trying to motivate people to be part of the survey, but there are also many helpful participants

    Advice to Management

    As a field interviewer I appreciated the responsiveness of the company to employees need for materials and support.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Ups and Downs"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Westat full-time

    Pros

    -Good PTO (vacation time and sick leave, plus floating holidays. All can be rolled over to the next year)
    -Great opportunities to go to conferences. Believe in business development
    -Work from home opportunities (only occasionally unless you've been there for a few years.)
    -Interesting, varied work. Lots of different projects.

    Cons

    -Culture. Westat's senior staff don't always care about the careers of junior staff. If junior staff express interest in learning certain new skills, senior staff may just ignore them, even if it's in their power to help junior staff grow.
    -Very, very limited advancement opportunities. Going from junior to senior staff is incredibly difficult.
    -Pay. Westat definitely underpays.

    Advice to Management

    Put more effort into keeping your junior staff. There's a high turnover rate because junior staff know they can make more money elsewhere and will actually have the opportunity to learn new skills and be promoted. If you want to keep your junior staff, you need to make more of an effort.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "okay company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    flexible hours is the best part about this job. They do promote from within. Pay is good for the work and you can get raises and they pay weekly on time.

    Cons

    Takes a long time to get promoted. Lack of communication, the job can end at any point without warning. Hours can be taken away after scheduled. Training can be lacking at times and if you have a question be prepared to find the answer yourself not a lot of support from staff.


  9. "A great place to work!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Westat full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues, great projects, and a collaborative culture!

    Cons

    I really can't think of any cons. I look forward to coming to work every day.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Anonymous"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Management Assistant in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Data Management Assistant in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are a person with connections within the company then this a company for you.

    Cons

    Poor compensation, clicks, management's failure to listen to employees grievances makes me not willing to recommend Westat as a prospective employer.


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