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variety of technically challenging projects with a 1950s culture

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Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer  in  San Antonio, TX
Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in San Antonio, TX

I have been working at Southwest Research Institute full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

very smart coworkers
environment a cross between industry and academic
internal research projects
offices with walls
ample company contribution to retirement plan

Cons

overwhelmingly white, male, US-born
old-fashioned, 8-5, hierarchical 1950s culture

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Other Reviews for Southwest Research Institute

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable, most well-respected company in town

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Analyst  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Southwest Research Institute

    Pros

    Offices for salaried professional employees are nearly non-existent in this day and age, yet they are the norm at SwRI. Stability and multitude of opportunities within the field of science and engineering are unmatched. The size of the campus allows for easy parking and opportunity to get in a workout during lunch. Close association with academic institutions encourage research and pursuit of advanced degrees including tuition assistance for career-related degrees.

    Cons

    Bonuses do not exist due to not-for-profit status. Campus is located in the southwest side of town - makes it more difficult to live in certain areas of town while maintaining a short commute. SwRI is not a national company, so a move out of San Antonio would be difficult.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    The place is an interesting one to work - you never know what's going to be around the corner

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Southwest Research Institute

    Pros

    Interesting - There is always something really cool being researched/tested that you get to learn about.
    People - Great fellow employees
    Environment - Relaxed, and you usually have your own office

    Cons

    Management - Some management is short-sighted, and led astray by satisfying customer requests rather than managing them.
    Promotions - Similar to a university, you get kudos for doing independent research and white papers. Most of the time it's not an issue with reviews, but the unspoken word is that it IS...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let the management satisfy the customer - manage the customer's expectations. Too many projects have failed because of this.
    Employee benefits need to be upgraded to match other employers

    Approves of CEO
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