Field Interviewer (Current Employee), CA – November 10, 2013
Pros: flexiable work schedule
Cons: identifying respondents and gaining participation
I was a field interviewer contacting small as well as large businesses in the Riverside County for the CBECS Study. The Study was focused on Energy consumption in commercial buildings. A typical day was to drive to assigned business, identify a respondent who had the information I needed to complete the study. Set a time to conduct the interview which – more... I did on a laptop computer. The most challenging part of the position was to gain the respondents cooperation to participate in the study which was voluntary.Most of my day was spent alone driving. – less
Medical Data Editor (Former Employee), Rockville, MD – October 29, 2013
It was a great place to work, I enjoyed working for them.The Manager and Supervisor were nice to work with. Enjoyed working with all the co-workers, the department was like a family. It was lot of work when you had to meet dead line. But it use to be fun because they would have party for every occasion.
Good Work Ethics, Compensation System is very good; Training of Employees
Data Collector Supervisor (Former Employee), Rockville, MD – October 26, 2013
Pros: on time compensation, flexible time work hours, work from home opportunities, they share earnings with employees at the end of the year
Cons: working more hrs than you are paid when in management positions, not enough compensation for some jobs since they depend on the contract
You are trained to do your job and have good support from your supervisor. Since we work from different parts of the country (except those in Home Office) they have in place different offices you can reach to give you support in different areas. I like they are organized and have very good protocols for the research I have worked. As a sciene person – more... I appreciate this.
The hardest part of the job for us data collectors is complying with sometimes very tight deadlines, but you are given the opportunity to give your input after the project is finished and they try to include employees input next time. I have seen positive changes in the NAEP Project.
As a Supervisor I have good relations with all my coworkers and I feel very supported by my Field Manager which gave me the opportunity to learn and develop my skills.
Their compensation system is efficient and I receive it on time.By the end of the year they share earnings with employees which is a plus. – less
Job- Field Data Collector (Former Employee), Maricopa, AZ – September 25, 2013
Pros: decent pay
westat is a very exciting company however i needed more tine to fully understand company rules. communicate with clients, on any given research, learned to ask specific questions , work was one on one, the most enjoyable part of the job was working with the public
SUPERVISOR (Former Employee), FIELD WORK/ MOSTLY TENNESSEE – September 22, 2013
One of the best companies to work for. After retiring, I wanted a part time job to keep me active, to teach me new skills and to stay a part of our work force. I have enjoyed every minute of working with this great group of professional people.
Cons: lack of leadership, no guidance or mentoring for junior staff. behind the curve in technology advances
Good place to start but you eventually get swept aside when your skill set does not apply to the current project needs. No real leadership or mentoring. Senior managers are focused on advancing themselves instead of cultivating the junior staff. Decent benefits and you're able to work from home. Work from home benefit depends on whom you work for. Some – more... senior managers think only they are allowed to work from home because they're the only ones working. Fallacy, but that's their belief. – less
Great company to work for if you enjoy flexible hours.
Field Reporter (Former Employee), Rockville, MD – June 19, 2013
Pros: flexible hours
Cons: i didn't have my own desk.
A typical work day is reviewing emergency room records and checking for drug abuse and drug induced visits. I was a contractor and I did not have any co-workers. I worked on my own with minimal supervision. The hardest part of the job would be that I did not have an assigned desk. I worked in whatever space was available. I enjoyed having flexible hours.