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SRI International Overview

Menlo Park, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
Business Services
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year

Working at SRI International

SRI International is a research and innovation center serving government and industry. We work on some of the world’s most important problems, collaborating across technical disciplines to spark new ideas and solutions. Our research and innovations have led to new ... Read more

Mission: World-changing solutions making people safer, healthier, and more productive.

Company Updates

  • SRI will manufacture and conduct clinical testing on a potential new vaccine against a serious viral infection for which there is currently no commercially available vaccine.

    SRI International Awarded $4.7 Million in Agreements to Manufacture and Test Vaccine Against Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis

    MENLO PARK, Calif.-April 27, 2017- SRI International has been awarded two agreements worth $4.7 million to manufacture and conduct clinical testing on a potential new vaccine against Venezuelan equine encephalitis (VEE), a serious viral infection for which there is currentl

  • SRI's rich legacy influences the work we do today - and today's R&D will impact the future. Watch this ABC7 News story to learn more.

    SRI celebrates seven decades of genius

    A glass case in the lobby of SRI International in Menlo Park is packed with the lab's innovations in technologies like technicolor, robotic surgery, and voice assistants like Siri. But for computer scientist Don Nielson, Ph.D., their most powerful legacy

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SRI International – Why Work For Us?

We invent products and solutions that change the world.

We turn bold visions into real-world products and practices.

SRI is an independent, nonprofit research center that works with clients to take the most advanced R&D from the laboratory to the marketplace. Serving government and industry, we collaborate across technical and scientific disciplines to generate real innovation and create high value for our clients.

We invent solutions that solve your most challenging problems today and look ahead to the needs of the future. For more than 70 years, we’ve led the discovery and design of ground-breaking products, technologies, and industries – from Siri and online banking to medical ultrasound, cancer treatments, and much more.

Invent, innovate and impact the big picture.

Make your career count

As a leading, nonprofit research center, SRI excels at taking the most advanced R&D from the laboratory to concrete applications for the real world. Our talented teams drive important research breakthroughs, invent groundbreaking technologies, and develop products that change how we live our lives. We are home to experts in numerous specialties who routinely collaborate across technical and scientific disciplines to create cutting-edge products and technologies. SRI’s broad roster of clients includes some of the biggest names in industry and most influential agencies in government. Our diverse work environment allows you to collaborate with leading researchers while gaining fresh perspectives from recent graduates. We are looking for people who have passion to make a difference, enthusiasm to solve the impossible, and a commitment to excel. Join SRI, and help make people safer, healthier and more productive.


SRI enriches the science and technology community by training students through curriculum-focused positions. Students participate in a broad spectrum of activities, from conducting hands-on research to learning how to write grant proposals and client reports. All students have an assigned advisor, and we provide students with opportunities to present their work and engage with their peers.

Specific to undergraduates, SRI participates in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program.

In addition to meaningful assignments, interns attend seminars, speaker presentations and fun events with their peers.


All interns must have current full-time undergraduate or graduate student status at an accredited college institution, plus unrestricted authorization to work in the United States. Positions are designed to supplement education and career direction. Job duties are tied to a specific project, and training is provided in parallel to the classroom curriculum.

Our mission: To create world-changing solutions that make people safer, healthier and more productive

At SRI, we push innovation to new levels, solve the impossible, and invent solutions that create long-lasting value for the world. We take pride in our long history of innovation, and we do everything we can to foster an environment that nurtures and rewards our employees’ passion to make a difference in the future.

We’re driven to take the boldest ideas and turn them into reality. SRI employees work in collaborative teams with people who share a commitment to tackling difficult challenges and important needs in society. Our culture is built on respect, curiosity, empowering champions, and a shared drive to excel.

SRI relies on having a diverse workplace that reflects the communities where our employees live and where our clients operate. Together, we deliver impressive results to clients every day, and together, we continue to push the boundaries of innovative thinking.

A rigorous research environment committed to professional growth

As an established, independent research center, SRI offers researchers a unique blend of resources, influence and professional opportunities.

Our experienced teams collaborate across technical and scientific disciplines to transform big ideas into reality. Researchers at SRI wear a number of hats from day one: Even our newest team members work side-by-side with clients and leading experts across different areas of focus. Everyone is encouraged to publish their research, and we give you the autonomy to pursue personal areas of interest and carve your own research path.

SRI recognizes researchers’ individual contributions with patents that help facilitate commercialization of their technology. When we spin out a new venture or license a technology, we reward employee contributions through our royalty and equity sharing program. Revenue generated by our R&D projects is continually reinvested to advance our mission and support further research activities.

SRI International is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

Benefits to Enrich Your Work and Your Life

Our staff members are our greatest asset and the foundation of our success. We strive to reward employees for their hard work, dedication and passion for making a difference. Our benefits support the whole person in and out of the workplace through five main areas:


SRI’s mission is to help people stay safer, healthier and more productive. Our focus on health and wellness for our employees means we offer a variety of plans and programs for you and your family.

Time Away

The time you spend away from work is important to help you recharge and refresh. We make sure you get it.


Family is often an integral part of a well-rounded life. We help you take care of every member of your family, no matter what stage of life.


Having a secure retirement future helps you focus on living in the present. Our plans help you prepare for retirement in a way that works for you today.

Benefits Details
  • Ten paid holidays and three to five weeks of PTO each year
  • Both a Retirement Savings Plan and a Basic Retirement Plan
  • Adoption benefits, as well as back-up and referral services for child care, elder care and pet care
  • Fitness and commuting benefits
  • All U.S. locations have health savings accounts (HSA), HMO, and PPO medical plans.
  • Life, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D), and business travel accident insurance, and long-term disability plans
  • Credit union
  • Dental plans, vision plan, and health care/dependent care savings accounts
  • Discount pricing for auto and home insurance
  • Discounts for entertainment and sporting events, and vacation destinations

SRI International Reviews

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    SRI's research is at the foundation of much of the technological progress coming from Silicon Valley. It offers great opportunities to conceive and develop technologies in response to needs set by government and commercial entities.


    If you're involved in research and development, you'd better have an outside client that pays for your work, otherwise you'll be an employee who doesn't really have a job.

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SRI International Photos

SRI International photo of: Entrance to the SRI International headquarter office located in Menlo Park, CA (Photo by Coolcaesar - available under CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0 & GFDL, v1.186)
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SRI International Interviews



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    Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, MD
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    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at SRI International (Aberdeen, MD) in June 2017.


    Gained contact via LinkedIn. Promptly had a phone discussion with a recruiter and spoke about job opportunities. From there, I was encouraged to apply online and will hear more about the offer within the next coming weeks.

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SRI International Awards & Accolades

  • Best Places to Work for Commuters, National Center for Transit Research at USF, 2012
  • Best Workplaces for Commuters, National Center for Transit Research at USF, 2010
  • IEEE Milestones in Electrical Engineering & Computing, IEEE, 2009
  • Sustained Excellence by a Performer Award, U.S. DARPA, 2007
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