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Palo Alto Research Center Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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  • Business model is choppy so resourcing is tough (in 5 reviews)

  • Its parent company - Xerox has been slowly headed down hill since 2010 and cannot afford PARC as currently managed (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Research"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Researcher in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palo Alto Research Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to pursue research ideas

    Cons

    None . . . . .


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A long way to go..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Palo Alto Research Center full-time

    Pros

    PARC has really great people, who try their hardest to execute with limited resources.

    Cons

    As a subsidiary of Xerox, there is a lot of pressure to deliver value and remain profitable in a declining business model.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to reinvent PARC and find ways to have Xerox invest more in growing the innovative research done here.

  3. "Member of Research Staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Palo Alto Research Center full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Strong record of developing diverse, innovative technologies with an industry-wide impact (Laser printer, personal computer, ethernet). Great work culture

    Cons

    Not as fast-paced as competitors in the SF bay area. Printing business on the downswing


  4. "real research in industry"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palo Alto Research Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great place for learning, very smart people, young people can have a vision, very special for physical sciences confidence

    Cons

    need to raise money too, Xerox not rich

    Advice to Management

    focus on great innovation culture


  5. "Focused on Application of Science to Innovation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Palo Alto Research Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you are interested in doing science, not just product development, then this is a good place to work. Friendly, collegiate workplace with flexible working arrangements, including work-from-home on a regular basis. Details probably depend on the group, but mine is extremely professional and respectful. No in-fighting, no bullying.

    Cons

    Xerox's business troubles mean that budgets are tight and there is not enough upward career advancement for managers and senior employees.

    Advice to Management

    Do more skip-level management to root out bad actors. I've seen three severe cases in the past few years where bad managers could have been rooted out, but instead were allowed to depress morale in their teams long past the point where they should have been removed. Fortunately, eventually they do get found out, but not fast enough.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "struggling to stay relevant"

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    Former Employee - Member of the Research Staff in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Member of the Research Staff in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Palo Alto Research Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Collegial atmosphere. Still a few truly outstanding people left, and occasionally outstanding talent gets hired. Great building. Everyone is well-intentioned. Very accommodating to human needs and work-life balance. Company is hungry for aggressive and competent leadership. Big ideas get talked about.

    Cons

    The struggle to remain relevant has been challenging. Business model is choppy so resourcing is tough. Five people is considered a big project---which means target for budget cut. The mood is about coping with hard times.

    Advice to Management

    Reality is reality so it's better to be more transparent.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Dicatative management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Palo Alto Research Center full-time

    Pros

    Freedom to explore research topics as long as you can come up with innovative ideas.

    Cons

    Super micro-managing managers. Senior managers are not interested in listening to their employees. Not understanding the need to change.
    Not women and minority friendly.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more women and minority. Promote more minority.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work, great opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Research Staff in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Research Staff in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Palo Alto Research Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You are surrounded by extremely smart and capable people. The opportunities available to you and the impact you can have on technology is amazing in the true sense of the word. Located in the heartland of the Tech industry and exposed to cutting edge ideas and innovations.

    Cons

    Disorganized management at the moment due to the upcoming split in the parent company. No clear path forward or investment in disruptive research which is the DNA of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Stability is key in making sure your employees stay happy and focus. There doesn't seem to be a clear path forward given the culture of the company and where Xerox wants to go.


  9. "Good, but structural issues"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good facilities, interesting projects, good hardware/software opportunities, some opportunities for self-guided research

    Cons

    Business model novel, but troublesome. Money woes passed from management to research staff. Bonuses/raises are almost non-existent for the past few years.


  10. "Palo Alto Research Center review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    cool research, work / life balance friendly

    Cons

    Caught in the Xerox split

    Advice to Management

    New CEO needs to fix the infrastructure and restore the research talent the last one destroyed and drove away.


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