SRI International Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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  1. A great place to work and innovate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly and helpful coworkers and supervisors, welcoming work environment, free caltrain pass and caltrain parking, lots of collaboration across division hence you get to learn many things.

    Cons

    pay is abit at the lower range, but that's usually the case for non-profit organization. Benefit is average (my co-pay for dental was kind of high).


  2. Good Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CPSO in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - CPSO in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at SRI International

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Employees treated very well, good benefits and retirement plan

    Cons

    Merit increases are very low, no matter what your performance is you get the same as everyone else, even those who do not provide good results.

    Advice to Management

    Take a closer look at employee contributions and pay accordingly


  3. The R&D World

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SRI International full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    SRI tries out many ideas, the technology of the company has no bounds

    Cons

    Practical application of the intelligence is lacking

    Advice to Management

    You cannot change the world if the product cannot be produced at a reasonable cost


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  5. student associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SRI International part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    very friend working environment. I learned a lot there.

    Cons

    the facility may be a little bit old.


  6. Crazy incentives

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at SRI International part-time (More than 3 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very smart people. Easy hours. Interesting work

    Cons

    Absurd incentives. Ossified VPs who must be turned over

    Advice to Management

    Fix the comp structure.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Post doc

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SRI International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good people. Long term relations among employees. Depending on government contracts work can be very stable. Helpful staff. Flexible hours

    Cons

    Low pay. Depending with whom you work it can be a bless or a nightmare. Highly bureaucratic, Many support stuff which just add overhead to the rest.


  8. 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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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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


  9. Going Downhill

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at SRI International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule if you're in a good group. Laid back Menlo Park campus. Intelligent colleagues. Great commuter benefits.

    Cons

    Pay is very low by silicon valley standards. Old equipment. New CEO seems to support low pay. Layoffs have been happening. Overall moral is very low.

    Advice to Management

    Pay better and take better care of your employees if you want to keep them


  10. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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


  11. Great people, good work life balance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.



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