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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 (2)

    "Solid career, stable employment, but it is what you make it"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Study Director in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Study Director in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Westat full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There is plenty of room for growth at Westat. Hard work, ingenuity, and friendly personality are rewarded. Decent benefits and at main offices in Rockville, there is an gym on site.

    Cons

    Not every project is fun, but where is that not true? Some of the folks can be challenging to work with, but again, that is true in any work situation. Most of the projects are funded through government contracts--in the current administration funding for research is taking a dive, something to consider regarding potential long term employment/employment stability.
    Also, some of the projects are fast-burn, short deadlines and require more than 45 hours per week; that is difficult especially when you have multiple projects like that or many back-to-back. The coffee is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to offer decent benefits. There are always certain personalities that are toxic in a work place, consider putting in place concrete ramifications for abusive behavior.


  2. "Assessment Administrator"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Westat part-time

    Pros

    Projects are interesting, met many new people, supervisors are wonderful.

    Cons

    Expense report system is archaic (paper-based) and reimbursement was slow.

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade to an electronic expense system

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Field Interviewer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Interviewer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Field Interviewer in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, independent, good training,

    Cons

    Underpaid, hard to get hired, bias, no advancement

    Advice to Management

    Seasoned Interviewers should be compensated for their professionalism and experience.


  4. Helpful (9)

    "Good Place for Some and Not So Good for Others..."

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Westat full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, work at home (for some staff), very casual work atmosphere, no dress code

    Cons

    Management is either unwilling of lacking in experience to get involved and lead employees effectively, administrative staff seen as dumb or inexperienced when all of them have more experience than the research assistants who are hired straight out of undergrad and don't have a clue, but end up doing a lot of clerical work (taking meeting minutes, scheduling meetings, and formatting Word documents and creating PowerPoint slides). If you want to spend money on a degree or advanced degree only to come to work and do entry level clerical duties then this place is for you. Also, the company is VERY TOP HEAVY and most junior staff end up leaving at about the 3 year mark when they see advancement is virtually non-existent. This is a good place to work if you just want a job and have no ambition or care about advancing your career. It is very easy to get complacent and comfortable as the work is not hard...then next thing you know 5 years has went by and you are doing the same thing with little to no chance of upward mobility. The health insurance employee monthly premiums are VERY expensive. You get SIX (6) holidays. Be prepared to work the day after Thanksgiving and no early closings the day before a holiday and no early closings or closings for inclement weather.

    Advice to Management

    Add some diversity to executive management. While there are women in the executive management level, there no persons of color of any ethnicity represented.


  5. "Phone Research Assistant"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Westat full-time

    Pros

    Nice to talk to people on the phone. Enjoy working with great people. Everyone is very kind and helpful, great atmosphere.

    Cons

    Being on the phone can be redundant.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being awesome.


  6. "Research Assistant"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • 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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with, sometimes interesting work

    Cons

    Work can be extremely tedious and boring, difficult to move through ranks

    Advice to Management

    More interaction with Research Assistants, and more responsibilities if possible


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - MEPS Field Interviewer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - MEPS Field Interviewer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Got to work from home, make my own schedule, great pay, loved my supervisor, generous 401K plan. The only reason I quit was to go back to school. When I graduate I want to work for them again. That's how much I loved this place. When I was hired they flew us all out to LA for a training program, put us up in a gorgeous hotel, and gave us cash for meals. I met really great people there that I still talk to today.

    Cons

    If you think being off during the summer and Nov-Dec are bad things (like if you need year round work) then I guess this is a con.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.

  8. "Field Supervisor"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility, work from home, government study, great FM, team

    Cons

    Pay rate and that's it


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, good growth opportunities, 100% employee owned. Good colleagues.

    Cons

    Hard to move across organization. Staff tend to stay within one department.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Get the experience and move on"

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

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Many opportunities to learn (depending on project). Great co-workers (depending on project).

    Cons

    Very limited to no growth opportunities. Many entry level staff spend years in entry level positions earning entry level salaries, performing mid-level tasks without being appropriately compensated.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to retain and engage your younger workforce. You will not be able to compete if you continue to allow your younger workforce to leave.


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