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Great place to work

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Menlo Park, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA

I worked at SRI International full-time for more than 8 years

Pros

This Institute is the most under rated places to work in Silicon Valley. It's everything you want in a job community. The researchers here are nice, talented, and ethical. Not a lot of weirdness or out-of-control egos.

There are a few quirky SRI artifacts that wind up being interesting at the very least.

I believe with the right attitude, you can affect change at SRI. It's just a little slow in terms of decision making.

The campus has incredible potential (70 acres in the heart of Menlo Park).

The cafeteria is pretty awesome.

Cons

Sure. This place has issues just like any work environment. It was always little things that bothered me like the bathrooms from the 40's, and a blindness to certain things like composting, putting in bike racks for commuters, etc. And, a tolerance that maybe goes on too long for mediocrity on the operational side of the business. Ermagard, there I go complaining about facilities again.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Great job, just not enough of you. The following roles would be helpful additions to the senior management team: an operational president, CIO, and maybe a VP of strategy. Seriously, you're understaffed. Please hire more business development people. Perhaps someone with expertise in current Internet business models would be a useful to the organization. Now is the time to leverage the huge Siri (purchased by Apple) win.

Also, please consider spending more on SRI's employment brand. You'll attract more talent.

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    Stop living of the laurels of previous generations

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    Current Employee - ITS  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - ITS in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at SRI International as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    There are some really, really nice people here. A large number of people have been here for many decades. They are not jaded like the rest of silicon valley.

    Cons

    This company needs to move into the 21st century and stop resting on the laurels of the past. Just because you are a non-profit doesn't mean that you don't need make money. Treat this place like a business and not a retirement home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in some new blood especially someone that knows how to run a business. And when you do, listen and act upon their out of the box ideas. And run this place like it is one company! Stop letting people split off into their own little fiefdoms. Centralize some of the support and IT functions. Give the CIO authority over all of IT instead of this de-centralized place where people go off and do their own thing. (I can't imagine how much extra money that this costs the company). It's amazing how management condones this lack of cooperation.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    A very brief working encounter

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    Former Employee - Chemical Technician  in  Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Chemical Technician in Chattanooga, TN

    I worked at SRI International as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    they were very Nice People

    Cons

    it was very much Temporary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no real comment

    Doesn't Recommend
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