Southern Research Institute

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Updated April 11, 2015
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  1. Good place to start career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemist in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Chemist in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at Southern Research Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    So many opportunities to learn new things in new areas. A really great place to expand your knowledge base to prepare yourself for the future.

    Cons

    Really hard to make significant career moves forward. Lots of promises made with few deliveries. Lots of times, hires are made instead of promoting from within.

    Advice to Management

    Management is taking things in the right direction, it will just take time.


  2. Helpful (1)

    HR is the problem!

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

    I have been working at Southern Research Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Can gain a wide variety of work experience. -401K benefits are great. you provide 4% SRI provides 8%.

    Cons

    When the research funding is short, massive layoffs come to people who have not control over finding funding. The HR department is only concerned about the bottom dollar. They will try to offer the lowest possible salary they can get away with. HR isn't trust worthy, if you contact them on confidential they will tell every manager above you. SRI is constantly losing good people because HR takes to long to present an offer. When market analysis are performed they don't compare apples to apples according to this websites median wages for Birmingham, Al. Bottom Line HR CAN"T BE TRUSTED!!! Employees will be overworked and underpaid because of the overhead cost.

    Advice to Management

    Need to hire competent HR employees that can perform their job in a timely manor! Find away to keep the best employees from leaving!


  3. Steadily improving

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

    I have been working at Southern Research Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits and flexible schedule. Current management team is working hard to make SRI a better place to work while ensuring we remain competitive and financially sound.

    Cons

    Growing pains are always difficult. Many of the existing departments need to be re-structured to meet the current situation.

    Advice to Management

    It is apparent that there is a long-term agenda/plan being developed for the future of SRI, but no specifics have been published. This can result in confusion and rumors. Consider sharing the specific long-term vision for SRI. What do we look like in 5, 10, or 15 years?


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Incompetent leadership

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

    I have been working at Southern Research Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Technical staff care about what they are doing and strive for quality in spite of complete lack of support from leadership.

    Cons

    No vision from leadership. Leadership blatantly lie and then deny. staff. Leadership unaware that respect from technical staff must be earned. Those that understand this business are feared by leadership instead of being sought out and embraced. Benefits are being eroded.

    Advice to Management

    Wish I could think of something. In reality the only real hope for Southern continuing is for the CEO and certain VPs to go. The players have been changed up enough with no improvement. Time for the coaching staff to go.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Expected to do the work of three people. Not appreciated and pitiful raises that don't even cover cost of living.

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

    I worked at Southern Research Institute

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

    Pros

    Benefits and the people doing the hands on work genuinely care and want to do a good job. Some people in higher positions do care about their people .

    Cons

    Expected to do the work of three people. Salaries and raises are pitiful.

    Advice to Management

    Realize people are an asset.


  7. Helpful (1)

    House of Cards with NO rewards

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

    I worked at Southern Research Institute full-time

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

    Pros

    Maintenance Workers Maintenance Workers Maintenance

    Cons

    the supervisory-leadership staff is a conglomerate of hypocritical, deceiving liars. They are not flexible, they will lie and say they are. They are very behind work-wise in the dept I was in; and not good at managing; most of work past deadlines and behind; provide little to no training yet expect you to do loads of work you are not trained to do; they love people who kiss butt and do continuous work w/o benefit due to the dept being so behind. Morale suck, no morals, and crappy work environment. The head managers within the dept are known to do away with competition and the lower managers (supervisors) are known to love butt kissers and brown-nosers with no life, dignity, or integrity outside of wanting to shine "masters'" shoe and do other employers work to keep in lower-management good graces. Buildings dilapidated. Have junior coworkers stalking and looking after people as a faithful slave watchdog; juniior coworker also ILLEGALLY invaded my desk/work area out of sheer nosiness and looking to see what I work on to report back to "supervisors". Very inconsistent with what work load (what was priority often not communicated, kept changing, or misconstrued) to do as they (supervisors) never had much time to train but (supervisors) would cite average performance as reasons for their discontent although little to no training given. Despicable, supervisor staffers who are BOTH COWARDLY LIARS and not intelligent or morally upright enough to inform employees of their concern, expectations, things needing to be worked on, etc.As old saying said, these people, (supervisors) speak with a fork tongue This dept is looking for butt kissers for the management staff and more watchdogs and good old Uncle Toms for the support staff to lap up all the work from middle-management (the supervisors); same good old boys network; only difference its WOMEN; which is worse. BEWARE and STAY AWAY. silently-enforced/expected long work hours to help ALL the mounds of boring backed up work to turn in.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Leadership arrogance and greed dominates over commitment to good science

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

    I worked at Southern Research Institute

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good record of past achievements, collaborative atmosphere and potential for getting things done.

    Cons

    The need to be a yes-man and secure your own funding to keep your job. A growing reputation for sudden layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Don't see the organization as your private castle and respect your investigators.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Great organization!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Employee in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at Southern Research Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Doing amazing science and research to truley help make the world a better place. New leadership Developing new positive culture- innovative and collabrative Proffesional Development Diverse Fun place to work

    Cons

    Older buildings, but they are renovating some. Needs a gym or recreation center at all campuses.

    Advice to Management

    Keep using key leadership principles and putting people first.


  10. Helpful (2)

    poor work ethics and safety

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

    I worked at Southern Research Institute

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

    Pros

    pay learning place to start entry level

    Cons

    everything else management culture safety


  11. Helpful (2)

    Non-profit with for-profit management

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

    I have been working at Southern Research Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Highly qualified and motivated staff sharing the dream to develop cures for many devastating disorders. Staff is supporting and has been wanting a change for the better for years. They are in desperate need of equally qualified leaders to make them successful.

    Cons

    Leadership announces to create a better and positive corporate culture on the same day of several unannounced layoffs. Leadership promises no more layoffs and keeps firing people afterwards. Employees are scared to get fired by neurotic managers for speaking their minds. True and dedicated leaders are lacking!

    Advice to Management

    Do what you say, and say what you do! Management should not think they can act behind closed curtains, the word is spreading like a wildfire. Do not let your human capital pay the prize for incapable management. Remember, it is a non-profit dedicated to find the cures for diseases, not for managers to get rich for patenting these cures!



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