I have been working at Southern Research Institute full-time
The caliber of personnel in the research and development areas is exceptional.
Support to pursue innovation is universal.
Accommodation for flexible hours is high.
Turnover in the past couple of years has been extreme, resulting in a lack of continuity of system support.
Advice to Management
Focus some energy and resources on succession planning in the support areas so that the systems can be sustained when personnel leave!
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Southern Research Institute (Birmingham, AL) in March 2016.
The interview was two parts, an hour long phone interview and a face-to-face that felt more like a first-day orientation than an interview. The phone interview was with the VP, who was very engaged with the work being done and the hiring process. The face-to-face was with him also, and another director. For lunch, they included another engineer that the successful applicant would be working with. She said little, even when I tried to draw her out, so my impressions were very "controlled" by the strong personality of the VP. Overall, my impression was very favorable, but I'm not sure I actually know what the day-to-day environment is going to be like.
Both the phone interview and the face-to-face had to be rescheduled several times to meet changing schedules on Southern Research's side. In that same vein, the conversations and complete overall tone was very casual and laid back. If the work environment is similar, then the successful candidate will have to be very much a self-starter. I left believing the interview had gone well. It may have, and there was just a better candidate, however, I was not successful in getting an offer.
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