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SRI International Reviews

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. "Has Been"

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    • Senior Management
    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    Poor management and outdated culture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


  2. "SRI International review"

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    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.

  3. "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


  4. "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


  5. "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.


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. "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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Trying to Rebrand, Poorly"

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    Former Employee - Senior RF Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Senior RF Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some great people working here.

    Cons

    Many project mangers have no real management experience. The organization is scared of audits and many administrative changes (including IT) serve only that purpose. The work is generally interesting, but is often under-funded. Little emphasis is put on making things actually work longer then a demo.

    Advice to Management

    Stop increasing rates to pay for your overhead. Start supporting the actual workers. Your salary bonus policy for supervisors gives incentives for projects continue with no chance of success. The workers generally feel like you're lying. Your benefits survey was a shallow example. Your new motto isn't unique. Google it.


  10. "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.


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