SRI International
3.4 of 5 89 reviews
www.sri.com Menlo Park, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

SRI International Reviews in Menlo Park, CA

Updated Apr 20, 2014
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3.6 37 reviews

                             

90% Approve of the CEO

SRI International President, CEO, and Director Curtis R. Carlson

Curtis R. Carlson

(29 ratings)

79% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Soul of Silicon Valley

Program Manager (Former Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

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

ProsGreat Culture: brilliant minds working to make the world a better place.
Cross between high tech and college campus and think tank
Lots of long time employees
Strong senior leadership
Great CEO
Strong team atmosphere
Senior leaders have ethics and integrity
Friendly culture
Onsite gym, massage, nail salon, credit union, hair dresser

ConsHighly dependent on government contracts in a recession
Slower pace than other high tech
Outside of research groups, not much growth in corporate
Total compensation lower than high tech

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great exposure to lots of technical areas

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

I worked at SRI International full-time for more than 5 years

ProsSRI has a great history of innovation and this culture fuels its forward progress. It is one of the few institutions in Silicon Valley that has excellent integrity and ethics. If you can contribute to the success of your projects, you'll have a rewarding career here.

ConsSRI, like all research-oriented contractors, is subject to the influence of the economy. When the government and private businesses are not investing in research, it can be a challenge to find a projects to which you can contribute.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great company for research enthusiasts

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

I have been working at SRI International full-time for more than 10 years

ProsLots of research projects. Freedom to create your own research projects and working on it. Laid back and easy environment. You most likely get your own private office. It offers the benefits of a company in an academia-like environment.

ConsIt can feel a bit boring at times. There is not a lot of fun activities on the campus. The average age range is high.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Very good

International Fellow (Former Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

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

ProsSome the smartest people in the Valley

ConsMust be an American Citizen or Permanent Resident to get access to the really interesting stuff.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Fascinating place to work!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

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

ProsGreat people, most been there for decades.

ConsI just wish there was money to make me permanent. There are several there as temp workers for several years

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Menlo Park, CA

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

ProsYou have the ability to learn a great deal!

ConsNo comment. None whatsoever!

Advice to Senior ManagementDefinitely no comment; besides, it's useless. Nothing will change. Things will be done the same old way...since 1946.

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

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

ProsThere is a culture of innovation that has had tremendous success in generating new companies and technology. Great location.

ConsAging main campus. Much of the staff is also growing old.

Advice to Senior ManagementRevitalize the company with new employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great!

Subcontracts Assistant (Current Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

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

ProsThe atmosphere is great, everyone is genuinely nice and friendly

ConsThere are few young people. Mostly, employees have been here 20+ years

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great innovation but slow to catch on

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

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

ProsGreat research, projects, innovation
Brilliant people to work with

ConsSenior management is very traditional, slow
Resistance to change
Budget is always a problem (granted, this varies from division to division and their subgroups)

Advice to Senior Management(corporate only) Embrace technology rather fight it - get a cohesive system in place

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

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

ProsThis 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.

ConsSure. 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 Senior ManagementGreat 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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