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 company if you enjoy working on a lot of different projects in small teams and moving at a face pace.

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    Current Employee - Senior Computer Scientist in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Computer Scientist in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at SRI International full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with and learn from brilliant computer scientists, world class people. Projects are cutting edge and always interesting, and change just often enough to keep things interesting. Opportunity to do true research, publish, and present at conferences.Very good job security, management in general very approachable. Interesting work to say the least, with a chance to really change the world with technology. Flexible hours in general. More mature work force than you'll typically find in software - lots of older workers and workers with families, people who have been there 20+ years.

    Cons

    Government contractor, and all the cons that come with it: close tracking of hours, always running after government contracts. Proposal work can be grueling 24/7 grinds. Health of the lab very dependent on health of government contracting world and the whims of program managers. Sometimes promises the moon to win a proposal and then engineers have to pull all nighters to try to deliver. Facilities are dated; no free food and very few extra "perks". Coffee is free but not very good. After achieving "senior" title, very few opportunities for advancement unless you want to give up technical work and become management (and even then there are few positions open).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work harder to incentivize interaction between research groups within the company, and to clarify career paths.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Constrained by government rules, but otherwise like academia with more money!

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Luis Obispo, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people, very professional, lots of research opportunities. I alway felt that SRI genuinely cared about their employees.

    Cons

    Because they deal primarily with government clients, there are often bureaucratic hassles. Close tracking of hours is demanded on most projects, and other weird requirements will pop up. Pay is ok but not great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Anything you can do to increase the amount of research involved on a daily basis would be great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. Quality research

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at SRI International (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Incredible research performed. Game-changing technology bringing customer value to the world. Great location. Flexibility to work on projects for which you can prove customer value and land research money from government (or commercial). New CEO.

    Cons

    Run-down campus. Bureaucratic environment due to government rules (SRI does a lot of got research and the entire organization must abide by those rules). Your experience totally dependent on the leader you've got- some are wonderful, others a nightmare. New CEO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring the fixed mindset and hire the growth mindset!

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Good place to work for entry level

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SRI International

    Pros

    Good work atmosphere
    Good for entry level

    Cons

    Need to pay more as per the expenses in CA

  8. Amazing Work/Life Balance, Few Career Growth Opportunities

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at SRI International as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    fantastic benefits and a great work/life balance due to it being a non-profit. For someone who is in their first job out of college, its relatively not stressful, which is nice.

    Cons

    Low pay for a surrounding area that essentially requires you to be at a company that had its IPO to afford the rent.
    lack of transparency from the top to bottom, i feel like the managers say one thing to you then tell other people something different

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Good people, bad company

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Princeton, NJ

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

    Pros

    Very hard to find anything good...

    Cons

    Co-workers are very nice, but management is horrible. No prospective to move in side the company.
    Goals are not specified to employes. The worst is that Princeton location of the company is a very old facility with lots of former Sarnoff/RCA employes that are there only for a paycheck and no interest in work or company progress (very different culture from any other place I worked before).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. Research Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SRI International

    Pros

    really great people great projects

    Cons

    few opportunities for career advancement

  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Interesting work, relaxed atmosphere, awesome colleagues

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    Current Employee - Senior Researcher in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Researcher in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at SRI International

    Pros

    The Policy Division employees are both smart and fun to work with. Management is laid back and people generally get along well. The work is meaningful (generally working on education and human services projects); you'll feel like you're engaged in projects that make a differences. Compensation is fair market value, and while crunches will require significant overtime, one can manage a fairly regular 40 hour week.

    Cons

    There can be a big difference between grant work (investigator-initiated) and client work. Depending on the client, the work can be interesting, or you can feel like a slave to some government lackey who enjoys lording it over contractors. Unfortunately, contract work brings in more money and is encouraged. If you're interested in keeping up your own publications these will be largely on your own time; it's rare to have enough paid time to think and write on these gigs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Division management seems fairly solid; I have no opinion of overall corporate management. Policy division feels like an island unto itself.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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