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A great place to work and thrive

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

I have been working at SRI International full-time for more than a year

Pros

SRI gives a nice blend of Corporate culture and Academic research. You get to work with some of the smartest people in the industry working on some of the coolest research topics. Its pretty much an open environment where everyone can pitch in their own ideas and explore new things.

Cons

none that I know of

Advice to ManagementAdvice

more internal funding for future research areas will be very helpful

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  1.  

    Invent yourself a job

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    SRI operates as a large number of research centers, each with its own culture, focus and priorities. There's some effort to align things at the corporate level, but really, the centers run as businesses (but with a system so centers experiencing a downturn may be 'carried' by ones that stay profitable). In research, positions are really what you make them. You need to hunt for new projects, be entrepreneurial, and develop relationships with customers. If you do that, you have a lot of security and job satisfaction. If you don't, you may have pretty good job security but you'll be marginalized pretty quickly. Get to know your center director--if you don't, you probably won't get the best projects.

    SRI offers some pretty nice benefits, not like Google or Apple but it emphasizes work-life balance. Really, it's an academic institution at heart even after being separated from Stanford for so many years. Good commuter subsidies, health club subsidies, social opportunities.

    Cons

    - Lower than standard pay (granted, it's a non-profit so "bonuses" are not common)
    - Infrastructure is out-of-date but expensive, so overhead rate are high
    - Administrative processes are bureaucratic and archaic, although top management seems to be working on this.
    - Not a big fan of their health insurance plans, but in line with orgs of this size (500-5000 employees)
    - Heavily dependent on Defense Department for revenues and business opportunities. Civilian research activities are strong, but national & homeland security issues are the priority areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    SRI probably talks the talk better than it walks the walk when it comes to innovation, but this situation is improving. There's a lot of pressure to avoid rocking the boat. The strength of SRI is its breadth of knowledge--there are experts about EVERYTHING here. It's way too tough to find out who they are, get to know them, and especially to get them involved in projects.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    SRI IT experience - it feels good to be out of there

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    Former Employee - Former IT staff member, now happily employed elsewhere  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Former IT staff member, now happily employed elsewhere in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at SRI International full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, good and open company culture ( outside of IT), business customers are nice and intelligent people, nice job location ( downtown Menlo Park), everyone has an office.

    Cons

    New IT management is in striking mis-alignment with the company's open culture; extremely low morale in IT, lots of politics and dishonesty, very hostile work environment; employees are rewarded not based on merit but based on extent of "loyalty" they are willing to display; work ethics is extremely low. Expressing your honest professional opinions is not safe anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To IT management: "Enable and Amplify" should start with your own internal staff - listen to them, respect their knowledge and experience - you might be surprised and actually learn something from them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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