SRI International Reviews

Updated March 21, 2015
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Pros
  • Very exciting projects, relaxed atmosphere, good people, decent work-life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, great work/life balance, good benefits - free Caltrain pass and large BART subsidy (< (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Lower than standard pay (granted, it's a non-profit so "bonuses" are not common) (in 8 reviews)

  • No real excitement find and tackle complex problems (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Great people, good work life balance

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

    I have been working at SRI International full-time

    Pros

    Great people and depending on the department, nice work/life balance

    Cons

    Need to be good at self advocating to get on good projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Fast paced environment, innovative company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SRI International full-time

    Pros

    Diverse community with focus on innovation and impact creates exciting environment
    Has provided significant opportunity for career growth
    Initiative rewarded and encouraged
    Flexible work schedule & telecommuting options help with work-life balance

    Cons

    Need more alignment on strategy and goals

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. Awesome environment/culture, great people, and very rewarding job.

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    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at SRI International full-time

    Pros

    I would recommend this job to anyone. It is an amazing place with amazing people working on projects that will drive humanity further. People stay here and have crazy tenure because the treat their employees (and contractors as I am one) amazing.

    Cons

    Honestly, I have nothing negative to say.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change a thing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Wonderful staff and great flexibility when it comes to working conditions.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I worked at SRI International

    Pros

    Great for family/work balance, mgmt cares about professional development, great camaraderie

    Cons

    Sr mgmt sometimes too hands-off

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Working at SRI as a business professional

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Operations in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Operations in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at SRI International full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I worked as a member of the Engineering and Systems Division for approximately 1 year. The culture within this group was strong and I believe they hire to this. Work life balance is a huge benefit here - you won't get rich working here, but you will be paid extremely well for you work and the benefits are excellent.

    As a business professional with a non-technical background, I was excited and fortunate to land among such technical brain power. Although I lacked the technical education, I felt respected and valued within my group. I enjoyed walking into work knowing that I would not be micro managed and expected to deliver quality work and work with a team.

    I would have stayed longer, but I left after 10 months to start a business with a fellow SRI engineer.

    SRI is one of the most respected technology companies in the world. It's up there with Xerox PARC.

    Cons

    Because SRI is focused in science, engineering, and technology there is limited room for growth if you are a business professional. However, if you are looking to spend a year or two working hard - it will be a gold star in your career if you wish to move to a larger technically focused public fortune 50 company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. NOC Lead

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at SRI International

    Pros

    Awesome educate people to work with.

    Cons

    always keep you on your toes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Wonderful company, nice people.

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    Former Intern - Student Associate in Princeton, NJ
    Former Intern - Student Associate in Princeton, NJ

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

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly right off the bat, and are approachable. Also somewhat flexible hours

    Cons

    No gym on campus, slightly lower pay, sometimes low innovation due to government contracts

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Program Director in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Program Director in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    Good management, plenty of freedom, lot of flexibility, great work life balance, good projects. SRI has a good reputation and an illustrious history. It is a very bottom up PI-driven organization. If you are able to find a good niche and long-term funding, it can be a very good place to work. There is ample of opportunity to work with leading researchers in the USA and abroad.

    Cons

    you will most likely not get rich working here. no stock options. salary is good, but probably not as good as the rest of the valley. The social life is rather terrible. I made very few friends during my time here. Most of my connections were outside the campus. There are some people who prioritize politics over scientific content.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SRI International

    Pros

    Serious Company and nice installations.

    Cons

    I was not able to get a full time job.

    Recommends
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Great exposure to lots of technical areas

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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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    SRI 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.

    Cons

    SRI, 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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