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Westat Rockville Reviews

Updated May 19, 2017
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Rockville, MD

3.1
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James E. Smith
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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. "Research Assistant"

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    • 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


  2. "Government trough for Westat means abuse for employees"

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    Former Contractor - Interviewer in Rockville, MD
    Former Contractor - Interviewer in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Westat as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Not really anything I can think of

    Cons

    Westat treats its interviewers like they were in a concentration camp during the training. People were not allowed out of the room to go the bathroom. Most of the trainees were older people who were at best condescended to by Westat permanent staff. Westat's trainings are more like a trip to Jonestown - if you don't like it you can try some kool-aid which they will be happy to give you. Lousy wage plus their computer app means they know where you are 24/7. Big brother will definitely be watching you if you work for Westat.

    Advice to Management

    Try treating employees like actual human beings - if you remember how.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to work"

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    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.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Get the experience and move on"

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    • 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.


  6. "Short lived"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Rockville, MD

    Pros

    Nothing unless you are looking for temp. job

    Cons

    Bad payment, no benefits and poor treatment.
    Highly not recommended.


  7. "Great Place To Work!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Conference Planner in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Conference Planner in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Westat has always treated me well. I have been working here over 18 years and it's just a very comfortable place to work. I have developed wonderful friendships here and enjoy the work I do.

    Cons

    You won't get rich working here.

    Advice to Management

    Faster promotion of low and mid-level staff who are deserving.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Data collector/ interviewer"

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    Current Employee - Data Collector in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Data Collector in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule when you can get hours

    Cons

    Low pay ,No pay raises ever after you reach 11.60 hour and pay increase can be taking away if stats fall. Hours are very hard to get they are very limited on most projects you are lucky is you can get the 15 hours min that they require you to work each week. Long periods of time off in between studies. No set schedules

    Advice to Management

    Pay increase with no limits based on performance. Give new projects to Data collectors with years of service to company instead of forgetting about loyal employees and constantly hiring new people


  9. "Research associate"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and minimal supervision on dome jobs

    Cons

    Not enough upward mobility

    Advice to Management

    Utilize employees skills properly


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Points for flexibility and stability"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you are
    1. a statistician and therefore desired
    2. someone who needs flexibility in scheduling (depends on your position but the company is fairly family-friendly)
    3. someone who values stability over income or opportunity
    this is the place for you

    Cons

    For lower profile staff, compensation is below average for the region
    Even though the company thinks it promotes from within, it doesn't, or only within certain tiers
    Too many VPs - and therefore, large salaries concentrated

    Advice to Management

    Employee-owned should mean that all the employees (at least all who own) are taken into consideration when financial decisions are made.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Company is great but not for long term"

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    • 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

    Ability to be near the cutting edge of research projects that are important to the country.

    Cons

    Company allows management to harass employees, even after the company has dealt with a number of lawsuits, without repercussions.


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