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Can Be a Really Fun Place

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

I worked at Southwest Research Institute full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

Work with many smart people on interesting projects

Cons

Not a fun place when work is slow

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Too top heavy

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    Former Employee - Air Monitoring Technician in Hermiston, OR
    Former Employee - Air Monitoring Technician in Hermiston, OR

    I worked at Southwest Research Institute full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Good team environment
    Interesting work

    Cons

    Rotating shifts
    Strict security
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    Keep listening to your employees

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    SwRI is too top heavy. No respect for Admins or the "Little People"!

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    Current Employee - Support Staff in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Support Staff in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Southwest Research Institute full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    SwRI has great benefits and has a great campus. Job security. It's a great place to work if you have a degree and are "educated".

    Cons

    The non-exempt staff (meaning those without a degree) are treated poorly. Most of the reviews I have seen on here have come from Engineers, Scientists, Management, etc. Well, let me be the first to tell you that the admins and "grunts" at SwRI get absolutely no respect. They are treated as "less than" the exempt staff. There are 10 bosses for every section. SwRI managment is extremely top heavy. There are more managers and supervisors, Directors and Asst. Directors than there are people who work under them. SwRI has created a culture of entitlement. HR does not protect the "little people" when it comes to complaints. They will always let bosses get away with whatever they want. Executive management doesn't care much about it's people. They care more about the final penny than they do for the employees. If you are an admin, technician, etc. (non-exempt) don't expect to get paid very well. They will only give you 2% raises each year while "educated" employees get much higher raises. The pay here is hardly worth staying at the company. You can easily make $10k more, doing the same exact job, somewhere else. They only have competitive rates with "professionals" the support staff and non-exempt staff get paid less than the going rate. The management here has a 60's ideolgy that admins are to make and fetch their coffee because it would look bad for them to get their own coffee and come into their office and dial a number for them because they can't seem to reach the buttons. Yet upper management enables the other managers to continue with this behavior. Some of the most educated people here at SwRI are close to the dumbest people to be around. No business sense, no people skills, they don't know anything basic. They know science but don't know where the "copy" button is on the copier. The atmosphere here is that if you are not "educated" then you are nothing. Even if you are extrememly knowledgable and know exactly how to do something that the "educated" person knows how to do or sometimes you know more than the "educated" person yet you are treated as dumb and not worthy. They should put emphasis on knowledge, not just education.

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    Come into the modern age. Stop having 10 managers per section. Start respecting the "little uneducated" people. The egos at this company need to be deflated. Most management need to walk around with weights on their heads because their heads are so big that they would blow away. Start realizing that without the admins, technicians and support staff, that you would NOT be able to do YOUR job without them. Just like they need you... you need them too so start acting like it and start appreciating the things that they do for you and for the Institute as a whole. Stop pitting the "professional titles" against "support titles". You are no better than they are.

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