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Updated February 21, 2017
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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. "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


  2. "Good for a couple years only"

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at SRI International (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some good people, exposure to expensive lab equipment, pay and benefits good.

    Cons

    Culture is very undesirable long-term; both manipulation and incompetency from managers, and good ol' boy systems in place. Almost no one on my team was happy. The work was not satisfying either-- it was mostly busywork, with little actual progress in anything. My advice to anyone accepting a position here would be to stay for a couple years, get all the experience you can, and move on before the culture gets to you. I wish I had left much sooner.

    Advice to Management

    The culture begins and ends with you. If you want to keep good staff, you need to actually provide an incentive to stay.


  3. "Former Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Depending on the division, great people working on important problems. Good pay. Flexible culture. Be your own boss in many situations. Nice area in Menlo Park, near downtown.

    Cons

    Dependent on government money, so fiscally uneven and layoffs are not uncommon. Experience is highly variable across the institute and there is little motivation and even disincentives to work collaboratively.

    Advice to Management

    Come to grips with the limitations of the environment with respect to commercialization of technologies. Remove barriers to working across divisions.


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  5. "Supportive and challenging environment"

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    Current Employee - Education Researcher in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Education Researcher in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Collaborative work environment; good professional support; high-impact, values-driven work.

    Cons

    Lots of hours; pays less than some places


  6. "SRI"

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    Current Employee - Program Director
    Current Employee - Program Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smartest people in the world with extreme flexibility.

    Cons

    Not a lot of process or strategy.


  7. "Hidden gem in the think tank world"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Fort Monmouth, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Fort Monmouth, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SRI International full-time

    Pros

    SRI International is one of those behind-the-scenes companies that helped create the modern world. Everything from Disney World to the computer mouse to Apple's now famous Siri personal assistant originated through SRI research engineers. The company has great work ethics and fierce loyalty to its workforce. Great benefits plans as well.

    Cons

    SRI is a west coast operation for the most parts. The larger extent of its east coast work force focuses on government contracts whose job requirements are dictated by government requirements. This ties the hands of the hiring process for the best candidates.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in the east coast.


  8. "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


  9. "Infectious Disease Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Information Technology Assistant in Crawfordsville, IN
    Former Employee - Information Technology Assistant in Crawfordsville, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is an excellent place to do research with elite scientists. Everyone is extremely helpful and kind.

    Cons

    I loved this place. I had a wonderful Learning experience. The view outside of the labs is beautiful.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the excellent work.


  10. "A good place to do research"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SRI International full-time

    Pros

    A good place to do research and build collaboration

    Cons

    Nothing specific. No free lunch.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "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.



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