SRI International

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Wide variety of research field

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Current Employee - Process Engineer in Princeton, NJ
Current Employee - Process Engineer in Princeton, NJ

I have been working at SRI International full-time

Pros

The company does research in many fields, so it's always interesting to see all of the cutting edge things your colleagues are doing. The lower level management at my satellite office is pretty good - hands off and very supportive of continuing education.

Cons

Working outside of the main campus at Menlo Park, I don't tend to identify so much with SRI, but my satellite office. My satellite office doesn't have the climate of a college campus that I hear about from the main offices in Menlo Park, which is unfortunate.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    It all depends on your Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at SRI International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Diverse Research and Problem set
    Opportunity to learn and go into new areas
    friendly people
    laid back, casual, academic atmosphere

    Cons

    Project money runs out => start looking for a new job
    You work for whoever controls the project money, i.e. not your boss. If it's a bad project manager then work can tough.
    I was constantly "worried" about if there's going to be a next project. When there wasn't my boss was kind enough to tell to go "find" work for yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm against this whole business of charging your hours and each scientist keeping track of his or her sold time. This just passes the money buck to the lowest level of SRI. I think if the effects of these accounting practices were better understood, a new time tracking model would be developed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    No longer the center of innovation

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    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at SRI International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Incredibly flexible work schedule
    - Free Annual Caltrain Pass
    - Great vacation accrual
    - Defined benefit plan
    - 403b matching
    - Everyone gets an office
    - In general, likable people
    - Ridiculous job security

    Cons

    - Un-competitive pay for Bay Area
    - Due to non-profit nature, profitable division prop up unprofitable ones, so compensation/bonuses are limited
    - Career development is largely internal, if it occurs at all
    - No real business development, lots of IP issues
    - Each group is radically different, so experiences vary across SRI
    - Facilities are out-of-date
    - Comfortable environment stifles innovation
    - Management makes poor decisions and is risk-averse
    - People have worked their for literally decades, and don't know/remember what it's like to work in a different environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Non-profit" doesn't mean you don't have to invest in your employees. Too many employees are willing to comfortably toil their days away in labs, but for those of us with ambition, not enough is done to foster creativity, leadership, and excellence. Internal R&D projects were constantly turned down, at times we were told our work was "not important", because we wouldn't get to keep the IP generated. Upper management was often delusional if you dared to criticize the program or SRI, since many of them have worked their for decades.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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