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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. Helpful (1)

    "SRI is a fine organization."

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

    Pros

    SRI is a place where world class research is done and important problems are addressed. The culture is very open to personal growth and program development. SRI is the type of organization that cares about employee welfare and celebrates employee accomplishments. A good mix of business focus with freedom to pursue interesting work.

    Cons

    SRI is a nonprofit company so stock options and large bonus payments are not part of the compensation program. There is pressure to bring in new clients so researcher need to stay fpcused on the bottom line of their Projects finances.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focussed on promoting collaboration between research business divisions. Have the vice presidents of the various business divisions communicate division specific goals and accomplishments to the entire enterprise.


  2. "Very friendly and nurturing place to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work with educated professionals that are dedicated to their jobs.

    Cons

    Salaries are not as high as some competitors.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cutting edge research - always exciting to come to work. Fair benefits. Great flexibility and work/life balance. Good management team. Great job security - no fear of being laid off.

    Cons

    High cost of living in the immediate area - homes in Menlo Park start at $1 Million. So you either need to rent a small apartment or commute 2 hours everyday.
    Also, it's sometimes frustrating how different parts of the company are unwilling to work together.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! And, try to break down the walls between different orgs / labs. There should be more sharing of talent and resources... and I shouldn't have to deal with 3 different IT help desks.


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  5. "Wide variety of research field"

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SRI International full-time

    Pros

    The company does research in many fields, so it's always interesting to see all of the cutting edge things your colleagues are doing. The lower level management at my satellite office is pretty good - hands off and very supportive of continuing education.

    Cons

    Working outside of the main campus at Menlo Park, I don't tend to identify so much with SRI, but my satellite office. My satellite office doesn't have the climate of a college campus that I hear about from the main offices in Menlo Park, which is unfortunate.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work and thrive"

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    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    SRI gives a nice blend of Corporate culture and Academic research. You get to work with some of the smartest people in the industry working on some of the coolest research topics. Its pretty much an open environment where everyone can pitch in their own ideas and explore new things.

    Cons

    none that I know of

    Advice to Management

    more internal funding for future research areas will be very helpful


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience so far!"

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

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

    Pros

    Great work environment! Wonderful and extremely supportive senior staff.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    None that I can think of.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SRI International full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    This Institute is the most under rated places to work in Silicon Valley. It's everything you want in a job community. The researchers here are nice, talented, and ethical. Not a lot of weirdness or out-of-control egos.

    There are a few quirky SRI artifacts that wind up being interesting at the very least.

    I believe with the right attitude, you can affect change at SRI. It's just a little slow in terms of decision making.

    The campus has incredible potential (70 acres in the heart of Menlo Park).

    The cafeteria is pretty awesome.

    Cons

    Sure. This place has issues just like any work environment. It was always little things that bothered me like the bathrooms from the 40's, and a blindness to certain things like composting, putting in bike racks for commuters, etc. And, a tolerance that maybe goes on too long for mediocrity on the operational side of the business. Ermagard, there I go complaining about facilities again.

    Advice to Management

    Great job, just not enough of you. The following roles would be helpful additions to the senior management team: an operational president, CIO, and maybe a VP of strategy. Seriously, you're understaffed. Please hire more business development people. Perhaps someone with expertise in current Internet business models would be a useful to the organization. Now is the time to leverage the huge Siri (purchased by Apple) win.

    Also, please consider spending more on SRI's employment brand. You'll attract more talent.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great!"

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    Current Employee - Subcontracts Assistant in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Subcontracts Assistant in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The atmosphere is great, everyone is genuinely nice and friendly

    Cons

    There are few young people. Mostly, employees have been here 20+ years


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great exposure to lots of technical areas"

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

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

    Pros

    SRI has a great history of innovation and this culture fuels its forward progress. It is one of the few institutions in Silicon Valley that has excellent integrity and ethics. If you can contribute to the success of your projects, you'll have a rewarding career here.

    Cons

    SRI, like all research-oriented contractors, is subject to the influence of the economy. When the government and private businesses are not investing in research, it can be a challenge to find a projects to which you can contribute.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Serious Company and nice installations.

    Cons

    I was not able to get a full time job.



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