Westat, Inc. at a Glance


  • Large, employee-owned research and statistical survey corporation
  • Commitment to diversity and social responsibility


  • High pressure and heavy workloads
  • Frequent use of contract workers

The Bottom Line

  • As an employee-owned premier research and statistical survey company, Westat, Inc. leads the marketplace in evidence-based research for corporations and government.

About Westat, Inc.

Survey the market research business, and you'll find Westat among the leaders of the pack. A statistical survey organization, the company provides research and consulting services, including study design and analysis, data collection, program evaluation, and communications campaign development. It has technical expertise in survey and analytical methods, computer systems technology, biomedical science, and clinical trials. Westat serves US, state, and local government clients, in addition to businesses and foundations. It has offices in five US states, as well as international locations around the world. The company was founded in 1963 and is employee-owned.

Geographic Reach

Westat has nine regional offices in the US along with offices in five countries overseas.


In 2014 Westat and the Pew Research Center partnered with SurveyMonkey to explore methods and tools that can be used with new technologies to provide useful data in an era when contacting survey respondents and gaining cooperation is more difficult that ever.

Mergers and Acquisitions

In 2015 the company acquired Edvance Reseach, an education research and technical assistance organization. That same year Westat also acquired Fenestra, an information technology solutions company. The acquisitions enhanced Westat's research capabilities.

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Westat, Inc.

1600 Research Blvd
Rockville, MD 20850-3129
Phone: 1 (301) 251-1500
Fax: 1 (301) 294-2030


  • Employer Type: Private
  • VP Planning and Finance: Patricia Espey-English
  • CIO: Louis Hansen
  • President: James E. Smith
  • Employees: 2,000

Major Office Locations

  • Rockville, MD

Other Locations

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Frederick, MD
  • Durham, NC
  • Houston, TX