SRI International

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SRI International Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
118 Reviews
3.4
118 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Fast paced environment, innovative company

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    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

  3.  

    Amazing Work/Life Balance, Few Career Growth Opportunities

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting work, relaxed atmosphere, awesome colleagues

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Awesome work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Computer Scientist in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Computer Scientist in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    good topics and research projects

    Cons

    have to get funds, no bonuses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    bonus and incentives should be there

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Horrible management, poor administrative support and gossipy environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrisonburg, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrisonburg, VA

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

    Pros

    Benefits in that the health insurance and disability benefits are great.

    Cons

    Administrative staff is rude and not supportive, contribute to gossipy environment. Management in terms of operations is very military based and resort to shouting if things don't go their way. Upper level management does not care about employees and only sees them as number. Lay offs are common and people leave the company voluntarily frequently due to harassment or pressure. Lastly, new Principle Investigators are lured in by false promises for their grant money.. most of the time they realize this and leave quickly. They also do not promote anyone ever.. They also have administration act like spys to make sure people are making their hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to make employees feel needed and important. If they feel they are about to get fired.. productivity and morale declines rapidly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Nice place to get your start in

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at SRI International

    Pros

    This is my first real job out of college. Even working part time you will be eligible for health insurance. Depending on which department you work for, you can be surrounded by enthusiastic and incredibly smart individuals.

    Cons

    Pay here is not very good especially considering the cost of living in the surrounding areas. Career growth is limited to non-existent. Best bet if you wish to stay here is to possibly move to a different department. Company doesn't do it's best to make money to compensate for relying on government contracts to keep talent. Certain groups go through very high turnover rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to commercialization to makeup for money lost through government contracts. Actually attempt to make money to reinvest into employee wages.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Awesome environment/culture, great people, and very rewarding job.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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