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Westat Reviews

Updated May 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Excellent company, good work life balance, genuinely nice people who care about their work (in 20 reviews)

  • Got to work from home, make my own schedule, great pay, loved my supervisor, generous 401K plan (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay ,No pay raises ever after you reach 11 (in 13 reviews)

  • PM is treated more as a secretarial position, with no room for growth (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Study Director"

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

    I worked at Westat (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent company, good work life balance, genuinely nice people who care about their work.

    Cons

    Split supervision approach not always optimal to address conflicts


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Good Work/Life Balance But Some Issues"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Westat full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Work/Life Balance
    Some interesting work

    Cons

    Hard to move up
    Frustrating at times to not be challenged or see professional progress

    Advice to Management

    Reward hardworking and productive employees even if they are younger and haven't been at the company for several years or the company will not be able to retain the valuable employees it needs for the future.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Lacking Innovation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Study Director in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Study Director in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Westat full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible environment, great benefits, fitness center, large cafe, and easy parking

    Cons

    slow to promote people, appreciate degrees and Westat experience over proven success and experience outside Westat

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with the times! Develop a PMO, succession plannning and change management plans.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Health Technologist"

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

    I worked at Westat (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Traveling, being involved in a nationwide survey, meeting new people

    Cons

    Always working weekends, unable to choose vacation time, favoritism, low wages compared to other travel assignments.

    Advice to Management

    Pay higher wages, stop micromanaging


  6. "NAEP Common Core Test Administrator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - NAEP Assessment Administrator in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - NAEP Assessment Administrator in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Westat (More than a year)

    Pros

    Seasonal. Fair salary. Mileage reimbursement. Good team support.

    Cons

    Infrequent contracts available for employment opportunities.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. System Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

    Pros

    Great company that support career growth.

    Cons

    Salary is at lower range within consulting industry.


  8. "Data collector"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Collection Specialist in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Data Collection Specialist in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Awesome company with awesome people. Always a great experience

    Cons

    I can't think of a single negative


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Analyst"

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

    I have been working at Westat full-time

    Pros

    ESOP account
    Has fairly generous vacation/sick time accrual
    Often project directors are understanding of desire to WAH one day a week

    Cons

    No real promotions, simply salary raises that push you into another grade level
    No clear expectations of tasks by grade level
    Review process is very much a black box
    Career trajectory is largely determined by factors outside of an individual's control
    Communication between project staff is often poor and roles are not explicitly defined

    Advice to Management

    Communication is key. Everything from expectations at different grade levels and within individual roles should be defined. If people are not on the same page, it creates frustration and confusion.


  10. "Research Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Mount Vernon, WA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Mount Vernon, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Westat (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Project team members were great.

    Cons

    The workload was inconsistent. There were times of chaos and then weeks with little work.


  11. "Quality Control"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Control in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Quality Control in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Westat (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent managers, supervisors and Directors, very supportive and pro-active environment, interesting work.

    Cons

    Westat could pay a little more.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


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