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Southwest Research Institute President and Director J. Dan Bates
J. Dan Bates
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    Great company for engineers and other tech types

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Southwest Research Institute full-time for more than 10 years


    Great diversity of work, freedom to pursue your own interests, great people, good work/life balance. If you have a technical interest, you can try to get internal research funding to pursue it. On-site fitness center, intramural sports, and an employee-led recreation association that plans social events. Like a college campus, nice and sprawling with deer and other wildlife.


    SInce it's contract R&D, you have to keep track of all time billed to projects and other activities, so the spotlight is on you when you aren't busy. Depending on your department, it can be difficult to move up. A little too much focus on numbers and very conservatively managed. That would be okay, except that there always seems to be an excuse to not give better raises.

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    Keep up the entrepreneurial spirit. Continue to broaden employee activities to boost morale and keep people happy. The fitness center was a great addition. Loosen up a bit, you're making plenty of money.

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    Senior Research Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  San Antonio, TX
    Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Southwest Research Institute in December 2012.

    Interview Details

    The online application process was painful. However, once completed, HR was quick and efficient, and very pleasant to deal with. Setting up travel to interview on site was set up by HR and executed seamlessly. The interview process itself was a very structured, formal process. I met with at least five different interviewers, some of whom asked very technical questions, some of which I found moderately challenging.

    Interview Questions
    • One interviewer asked me to impedance match using a Smith chart.   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    Could not reach agreeable salary.

    Declined Offer
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Headquarters San Antonio, TX
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1966
Type Nonprofit Organization
Industry Business Services
Revenue $500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year

If you're looking for research at an institute in the Southwest, look no further. Founded in 1947 by oilman and rancher Thomas Slick Jr., Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is an independent, not-for-profit research and development institution that contracts to explore subjects in areas including automation and data systems, applied physics, space science and engineering, and chemistry. SwRI has about 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff at some 20 laboratories and offices in the US, China, and the UK. Customers include the private sector and government... More

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