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Southwest Research Institute Reviews

Updated February 19, 2017
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  • Most people had a good work life balance in automotive engineering, my boss made me work more than most though (in 7 reviews)

  • Smart people, interesting work, many areas (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • No forward thinking in alternative schedules, commute from home, etc (in 4 reviews)

  • Entrepreneurial spirit is vital to career growth; you have got to learn how to sell as you progress in your career (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Satellite location of SwRI has some pros and cons, but mostly cons."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Hill Air Force Base, UT
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Hill Air Force Base, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southwest Research Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great technical environment, surrounded by engineers rather than managers, not too top heavy. Decent pay. Opportunity for technical career advancement that doesn't have to result in becoming a manager. Being part of a satellite location allows the benefits of SwRI without having to live in Texas.

    Cons

    Managers are promoted engineers who do not have managerial skills. Satellite locations do not have access to SwRI campus resources, like training, health clinics, parties, brown bag seminars, etc.

    Advice to Management

    When promoting engineers to managers, develop and mentor them with required managerial training and programs. I know that in house classes are available, but they don't go that far.


  2. "Good Benefits, Low Compensation, Slow-moving"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southwest Research Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Stable, conservative company with a long history of growth

    Cons

    Unable to work with newest technologies, rigid career ladder

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible with promotions and pay scales.


  3. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Southwest Research Institute (More than a year)

    Pros

    401K contributions are really above average.

    Cons

    No bonuses because it is a non-profit. Slightly below average pay for industry.


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  5. "Great career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southwest Research Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work. Benefits, benefits, benefits. Career growth opportunities within the organization or great jump-off for engineering and the sciences.

    Cons

    Hard to pinpoint any cons.


  6. "So, So, Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Southwest Research Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employer Retirement Contribution and Fitness Facility

    Cons

    Promotions are very slow in obtaining (not awarded based on merit but more upon time served)


  7. "Great people, interesting work..."

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    Current Employee - Manager R&D in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Manager R&D in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    SwRI has a wonderful work environment made up of very smart staff members who are down to earth and easy to work with. The applied R&D focus keeps the work interesting and virtually unlimited areas of opportunity. The San Antonio campus has lots to offer with sports leagues and clubs promoting long term friendships among employees. Very low staff turnover.

    Cons

    The independent non-profit status provides no advantage for capturing business opportunities with DOD clients unlike university affiliated institutions which fall within the sole-source acquisition regulations.

    Advice to Management

    Determine how to capitalize on the non-profit, non-biased nature of the company for acquiring Department of Defense work.


  8. "Good work, medium pay"

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    Former Employee - Research Engineer in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Southwest Research Institute (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, interesting work, many areas

    Cons

    Pay is a bit low


  9. "Good Employer, conservative with change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Southwest Research Institute full-time

    Pros

    Broad range of technical work provides more opportunities; mid-size campus allows for perks such as on-site fitness center, cafeteria, library and credit union; career employees allow for a depth of knowledge to learn from

    Cons

    Behind in offering more family-friendly benefits: limited flexibility with work schedules, working remotely, etc.


  10. "Very Interesting - Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting place to work. The people that work at SwRI are very down to Earth.

    Cons

    Treat interns very well. Sometimes a bit cliquey within different groups of the same division.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Read the fine print."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Southwest Research Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are above average although you will pay a lot for health insurance due to older demographics of the company. Read the fine print. Probably a great place for engineers as they do work on a lot of cool things, if you can deal with cons. The company is non-profit, so you do obtain good experience in the Admin office if you plan on working in non-profit industry.

    Cons

    Good 'ol boy culture, older generation make it hard for younger generation to acclimate. A lot of micro managing. Admin office deals with constant audit headaches due to the company being a government contractor. If you are unlucky enough to be an auditor, good luck getting audit documentation out of self-entitled engineers and project managers.



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