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 six US states, as well as international locations around the world. The company was founded in 1963 and is employee-owned.

Geographic Reach

Westat has offices in Bethesda, Maryland; Atlanta; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina; Philadelphia; and Houston. International offices are located in Beijing, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, India, South Africa, and Thailand.


In 2013 Westat partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In the same year, the company received a $7 million federal contract from the US Department of Education's Contracts and Acquisitions Management for data collection.

Mergers and Acquisitions

In late 2012 Westat expanded through the acquisition of Atlanta-based GeoStats, a research and technology firm. Because of the advanced technology Geostats uses, the deal enhanced Westat's expertise in collecting and analyzing geospatial mobility and physical activity data.

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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
  • Chairman: Graham Kalton
  • President: James E. Smith

Major Office Locations

  • Rockville, MD

Other Locations

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

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