SRI International
3.5 of 5 95 reviews
www.sri.com Menlo Park, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

SRI International Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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3.5 95 reviews

                             

84% Approve of the CEO

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

Curtis R. Carlson

(62 ratings)

74% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Very exciting projects, relaxed atmosphere, good people, decent work-life balance"
    in 13 reviews
  • "Flexible hours, great work/life balance, good benefits - free Caltrain pass and large BART subsidy (<"
    in 5 reviews
Cons:
  • "Lower than standard pay (granted, it's a non-profit so "bonuses" are not common)"
    in 8 reviews
  • "No clear career development path"
    in 4 reviews
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    Small team feel, big company perks

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI love the team I work with and feel hugely supported in my personal and professional goals. Performance reviews are seen as a time to reflect, get constructive feedback, and express preferences in the direction each person wants to take his or her work in the upcoming year. That said, I also get large-company perks like commuter checks, great benefits, etc.

    ConsLeadership of the overall company doesn't necessarily understand/value the work that each division is doing. The same "superstars" frequently steal the spotlight even when others are doing great and profitable work.

    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

    Program Director (Current Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    ProsGood 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.

    Consyou 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company if you're in the right group

    Research Engineer (Current Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    ProsInteresting work, good people, pretty good workk life balance in some groups.

    ConsSalary vs cost of living in the bay area, advancement potential, depending on what group you're in you may be somewhat segregated from the rest of the population at Menlo and thus you don't get to interact outside your group.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore engineering R&D where a client isn't already lined up

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Stable job with no growth opportunities

    Process Engineer (Current Employee)
    Princeton, NJ

    ProsDecent long term job stability and friendly atmosphere. Little to no competitiveness among employees. Reasonable benefits. It is a good place to work in the later years of your career just before retirement.

    ConsAlmost no growth opportunities with in the company. Salary is not competitive for the area. No real excitement find and tackle complex problems.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you wish to retain your younger crowd, you should focus on developing them. Spend a little extra money and effort to help them move up the ranks quickly and you will very likely retain them for longer.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great benefit package - several longtime staff (30-50 years)

    Security Professional II (Current Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    ProsBenefits and shift differentials on off shifts. Flexibility with time off.

    ConsEach department is different but this department is filled with several envious staff that feel the need to call you out, step over you on throw you under the bus to get what benefits them most. One day everything is by the book., the next day its casual. Very unsettled supervisory expectations.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on your staff and lead by example.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Postdoc, OK Culture

    Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    Pros-- Interesting research
    -- Great work-life balance
    -- Fantastic benefits

    Cons-- Poor salary, just slightly above academic postdocs
    -- Culture and facilities feel like a TV show in the 1970s
    -- Bureaucracy can be ridiculous
    -- Funding is highly susceptible to government funding problems

    Advice to Senior ManagementBeing a postdoc here feels isolating at times. The average age of some divisions is quite high and it feels like the younger staff don't have much in common with the rest of the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Soul of Silicon Valley

    Program Manager (Former Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    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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    Very interesting multi-interdisciplinary organization.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMany staff have been at SRI for decades. Extremely unusual for Silicon Valley. People are very nice to work with. Not a lot of slick glam hype, nor young kids thinking they know everything. So much youth hubris in the Valley.

    A unique culture.

    ConsBennies, esp. time off, and perks don't fit with Silicon Valley. However, this organization seems to be mainly a military contractor. So, I cannot evaluate similarities with that culture.

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    Great Company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSerious Company and nice installations.

    ConsI was not able to get a full time job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    My experience at SRI International was rewarding.

    Medical Receptionist (Former Employee)
    Clinton, MD

    ProsWhile I was working with SRI International I met some nice people.

    ConsThe job was not explain to me very well.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should always explain the job to the new employee.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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