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Updated August 15, 2017
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  • Money is the most important thing at SRI even though it is a non-profit organization (in 13 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. "SRI International review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SRI International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Exciting Projects. Applied Research.
    Autonomy to create and win new projects.
    Ability to collaborate across diverse customers
    Diverse set of customers in many different markets and areas of scientific en-devour.

    Cons

    Lots of marketing and constant proposal writing.

    SRI International Response

    Aug 24, 2017 – Recruiting Manager

    We are happy to see the long list of pros. Collaboration is indeed an important part of SRI's success.


  2. "Okay place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SRI International full-time

    Pros

    Mission, benefits, and that one week shut down during Christmas break

    Cons

    Doesn't pay administrative staff very well, lacks career advancement for non-researchers, and not a very diverse workforce

    SRI International Response

    Aug 24, 2017 – Recruiting Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. Administrative staff are a key part of the SRI team. We are actively enhancing career paths and training opportunities for all SRI employees, as we recognize the... More

  3. "Impressive Company"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Researcher in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

    SRI International Response

    Aug 24, 2017 – Recruiting Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. We are proud of the work we do for our government and commercial clients.


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    "Has Been"

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SRI International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and very smart staff

    Cons

    Poor management and outdated culture

    Advice to Management

    Sell the property in Menlo Park and invest in Amazon and Apple


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Innovative"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Ample days off: shut down for 2 weeks of Christmas break. Open to career development and growth from within.

    Cons

    Some over time is required.

    Advice to Management

    Provide praise to the hard work from your employees. Sometimes people go under appreciated which causes skilled employees to look for other, higher paying jobs.

    SRI International Response

    Aug 24, 2017 – Recruiting Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. We agree, employees deserve recognition for their hard work. Although we have various programs for recognition, we realize we can expand our recognition tool box. Feel... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Researcher"

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

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

    Pros

    Variety of experience in procedures, subjects and study types.

    Cons

    Lower than average salary (non profit), high workload and turnover.

    Advice to Management

    High turnover is primarily based on the workload and compensation imbalance.

    SRI International Response

    Aug 24, 2017 – Recruiting Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. The turnover rate at SRI is slightly lower than the average in Silicon Valley.


  7. "Business Ops/Finance Department"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SRI International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Super friendly and collaborative work environment.

    Cons

    Resistant to changes to modernize work environment and tools.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SRI International full-time

    Pros

    Great technology and great technical minds

    Cons

    Not a good company. Stove-piped and close minded business wise


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Lackland AFB, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Lackland AFB, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job has some very interesting aspects.

    Cons

    Leadership typically has no idea of what the mission is.

    Advice to Management

    Actually know your mission.


  10. "Good environment for innovating"

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    Current Employee - Computer Scientist in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Computer Scientist in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good research work happening, varied projects. The culture is open to hearing ideas and exploring different ways of tackling problems.

    Cons

    Experience does vary a lot depending on the group you are in. Also, depending on the project, you might be stuck writing white papers trying to get funding for the projects.

    Advice to Management

    I guess be aware of what projects employees are on so that they aren't put on more than they should be able to handle with so much context switching.


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