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SRI International Menlo Park Reviews

Updated May 3, 2017
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Menlo Park, CA

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  • pay is abit at the lower range, but that's usually the case for non-profit organization (in 11 reviews)

  • Old buildings, soft-money research projects, high churn, ferocious competition for talent, high cost of living, (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "A national treasure"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Corporate in Menlo Park, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SRI International full-time

    Pros

    SRI is a unique and special place. It is an honor and privilege to have had the opportunity to work for this company.

    Cons

    There are complexities that take a while for a new person to truly understand and appreciate. If you are coming in to a senior position with pre-existing knowledge and experience, be careful.

    Advice to Management

    The recent changes are moving the company in the right direction. Don't be too afraid to make a course correction though, if new information advocates for it.

    SRI International Response

    May 16, 2017 – Recruiting Manager

    We agree SRI is a national treasure and indeed a special place to work. Division management and business office teams are there to help staff navigate through any complexities. The onboarding ... More


  2. "Great people, challenging funding environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at SRI International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    SRI is full of very smart, committed people, many of whom have worked at SRI for decades.. Their sweet spot is tackling large, challenging, complex problems that require a multi-disciplinary team. Their "best" clients US government agencies with solid funding.

    Cons

    Long times between applying for funding and receiving it; high overhead rate which limits the client pool to larger, deep pocketed entities (i.e. not start-ups); inefficient. legacy systems that drive up overhead; constant pressure on technical staff to meet high "sold time" targets; lack of employee mentoring and development program.

    Advice to Management

    Lower your overhead, broaden your client base, institute a real employee mentoring, education, and development program.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Audit Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Internal Auditor in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Internal Auditor in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SRI International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This is a very innovative company with a feel of a well-established on one hand and a start-up on another. One is encouraged to participate in decision-making process and promoted based on qualifications

    Cons

    Too old-school and outdated infrastructure

    SRI International Response

    May 16, 2017 – Recruiting Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad that you feel you can grow your career at SRI.


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  5. "A relax working environment"

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    Former Intern - Student Associate in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Intern - Student Associate in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SRI International as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It was very relaxing working there. There is no much pressure. My supervisor is very nice.

    Cons

    It is expensive living around bay area compared to my salary.


  6. "Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SRI International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Terrific collaborative environment with good people

    Cons

    Large amount of turnover and a big change in research focus away from a CRO direction


  7. "Working at SRI"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SRI International full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work! Being a R&D company, lots of opportunity to work on cool stuff. A people focused company.

    Cons

    Company in a very competitive market and is struggling

    SRI International Response

    May 16, 2017 – Recruiting Manager

    Thank you for your feedback about SRI being a great place to work!


  8. "Procurement"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Consultant in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Consultant in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SRI International as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing research environment where you work with thought leaders

    Cons

    Support services are archaic & time consuming

    Advice to Management

    Invest in infrastructure and culture


  9. "Research Scientist I"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at SRI International (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Able to contribute to multiple disciplines across many fields and learn various techniques

    Cons

    Focused on sold time and low pay

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a better financial structure


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Rampant Favoritism"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SRI International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free parking; subsidized cafeteria; commuting benefits/subsidies; non-management staff are talented and generally congenial; opportunities for employee-sponsored professional development (conference and training attendance).

    Cons

    Low salary for the area and the position; limited opportunity for advancement; "merit" salary increases do not keep up with inflation; individual center management does not believe that their job involves creating an atmosphere to encourage ongoing professional and problem-solving discourse between employees as opposed to anonymous complaining on yearly performance reviews; management focuses on negative and fails to recognize positive performance; management is very top down.

    In certain centers, you will do well if you can become the manager's pet and part of the clique, and if you do not address problems directly. You will fail if you identify and try to solve problems in a professional manner and haven't pandered to management. Job security is the victim of favoritism. Beware of centers in the institution that do not embody the ethos of SRI's claim to be the "Soul of Silicon Valley" in terms of equity in treatment of employees and reneging on agreements related to professional support/employment.

    Advice to Management

    Cultivate a climate of trust, horizontal and vertical problem-solving communications, focus on positive aspects of an employee's performance; adhere to your agreements. Your employees should not come after your clients as a matter of policy, and you would do well to listen to employees who identify problems and reflectively discuss their observations and experiences instead of automatically dismissing them. Work-life balance is not one size fits all - review division policies on telecommuting in relation to work responsibilities and habits. Institute upward performance reviews where all managers are reviewed by several of their subordinates and create a system for open communication vertically and horizontally around performance reviews and everyday work in order to create a culture of trust, mutual respect, and high performance.Train your managers in individual centers in equity and minimizing favoritism, or fire them.


  11. "Amazing Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Student Associate in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Intern - Student Associate in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SRI International as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great work environment
    - Good work life balance
    - Lots of challenging things to work on
    - Almost everyone has a Ph.D.
    - Nice cafe
    - Individual offices for everyone, including interns
    - Beautiful campus

    Cons

    - The cafe has fixed timings.
    - Don't provide accommodation of any sort to interns.


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