IST Research Named to Inc. Magazine’s Top 2019 Best Workplaces List

A Second-Time Honoree, Company Recognized as one of the Highest-scoring Small Businesses; Also Named an ACG Growth Awards Finalist

FREDERICKSBURG, Va., May 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IST Research, which employs advanced technology and techniques to address human security issues around the world, has been named one of Inc. magazine’s Best Workplaces for 2019, from the publication’s fourth annual ranking in the fast-growing private company sector. Of the companies that earned the distinction, IST Research scored 96% among employees overall, and was one of only a few companies to score a perfect 100% in the categories of “highly engaged employees” and “feeling valued by their organization.”

The Inc. list is the result of a wide-ranging and comprehensive measurement of private American companies that have created exceptional workplaces through vibrant cultures, deep employee engagement, and stellar benefits. Out of thousands of applicants, Inc. singled out a small number of finalists. IST Research and its fellow honorees will be featured in the June 2019 issue of Inc.

IST Research was awarded this same honor in 2017, as well as landing on the Inc. 5000 list for the past three years. IST Research was also named a finalist in the National Capital Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Corporate Growth Awards, in the “Corporate Growth under $25 million” category.

Built in partnership with employee engagement and work culture experts Quantum Workplace, Inc.’s Best Workplaces list is a magnifying glass on how innovative companies can raise the bar in hiring and retaining the best talent. Each nominated company took part in an employee survey on topics including trust, management effectiveness, perks, and confidence in the future. Inc. gathered, analyzed, and audited the data, then ranked all employers using a composite score of survey results. For results to qualify, each company had to achieve a statistically significant response rate based on employee count.

"This second-time honor is a reflection of the culture we've worked hard to create at IST Research," said Ryan Paterson, IST Research founder and CEO. "Our entire team is committed to the sole purpose of using our technology and techniques to create a positive impact on the world. It’s a tall order, and one we ask our team to commit to each day. Every single employee is an integral part of the company's overall success."

Within the survey, IST Research employees said the company’s leadership encourages them to learn, grow, and become better in their roles, while at the same time offering an excellent work-life balance and providing opportunities for advancement. Employees consistently cited a collaborative environment that maintains a unique culture and provides flexibility, accountability, personal and career growth, and opportunity. The top term that emerged from IST Research’s “culture cloud” within the survey was “challenging.”

About IST Research
Founded in 2008, IST Research was created to explore the possibilities created by the development of technology and techniques within new and challenging operational environments. The company's communications platform fosters understanding of hard-to-reach communities by providing insight into their thinking and engaging them in two-way conversations to gain a comprehensive understanding of complex human security challenges. Pulse is a proven technology that addresses today's complex, global problems. An Inc. 5000 company headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, IST Research is privately funded. For more information visit

About Inc. Media
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today's innovative company builders. Winner of Advertising Age’s “The A-List” in January 2015, and the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 40,000,000 today. For more information, visit

About Quantum Workplace
Quantum Workplace is an HR technology company that serves organizations through employee engagement surveys, action-planning tools, exit surveys, peer-to-peer recognition, performance evaluations, goal tracking, and leadership assessment. For more information, visit

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For IST Research