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PARC's at a crossroads.

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Current Employee - Member of Research Staff  in  Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Member of Research Staff in Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at Palo Alto Research Center

Pros

Really smart people. Seriously, the depth and breath of the intellects never cease to amaze me.
Beautiful office environment (just about everybody gets an office with a window).
Diverse range of projects and industries. Costumer to enterprise. Healthcare to military.
50% work is Xerox. 50% is client services and Government
New CEO is A++.

Cons

PARC's business model is still work in progress. It's not rewarded for innovations inside Xerox as it is for those on client services and Government funding. That leads to disfunction in the fitness function.
Salaries are below par and there is no process for monitoring the industry and realizing that.
Business processes are 1980s but that is rapidly improving thanks to recent changes in the board.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Xerox owns it and has just made a massive bet on moving into the services business by purchasing ACS. That should be great for PARC as has has the intellecutal horse power in the right areas to help ACS (or Xerox Services as it has been rebranded) build a technology edge.

Fix the business model to get the reward functions right with the parent company
Take a look at how you are compensating people.

Other Reviews for Palo Alto Research Center

  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Be careful, this is place on the downward slope

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Palo Alto Research Center

    Pros

    Lots of creative people
    Great location
    Illustrious history

    Cons

    Frustrating time-card requirements (even for full-time scientists!)
    Constant budget woes takes the joy away from being creative
    No time to brainstorm -- how can one expect breakthrough science then?
    Little transparency -- they will not even disclose to current employees who gets laid off during cutbacks. "Secret". Why??

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not make people worry all the time. Trust that good things will happen when bright people are given freedom.

  2.  

    A decent place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern
    Former Employee - Summer Intern

    I worked at Palo Alto Research Center

    Pros

    friendly environment, some brilliant people, a lot of seminars and other events.

    Cons

    They don't really care about interns. Do not feel impact. A lot of senior people, which makes the company less attractive..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more young people

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