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PARC's at a crossroads.

Member of Research Staff (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

ProsReally 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++.

ConsPARC'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 Senior ManagementXerox 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.

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    Be careful, this is place on the downward slope

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) 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… Advice to Senior Management: Do not make people worry all the time. Trust that… More
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    A decent place to work

    Summer Intern (Former Employee)

    I worked at Palo Alto Research Center


    Pros: friendly environment, some brilliant people, a lot of seminars and… Cons: They don't really care about interns. Do not feel impact.… Advice to Senior Management: Hire more young people More
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