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Birmingham, AL
501 to 1000 employees
1941
Nonprofit Organization
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$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Ricerca Biosciences LLC, Midwest Research Institute, Lawrence Berkeley Lab
Southern Research Institute performs contract research in areas such as drug development and discovery, engineering, and environmental and energy issues. The not-for-profit organization launched a life science R&D consulting firm, BioSafety Solutions, in ... Read more

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    I have been working at Southern Research Institute full-time

    Pros

    The caliber of personnel in the research and development areas is exceptional.
    Support to pursue innovation is universal.
    Accommodation for flexible hours is high.

    Cons

    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!

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    Renewable Energy Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Birmingham, AL
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Southern Research Institute (Birmingham, AL) in March 2016.

    Interview

    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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