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Current Employee - Research Scientist in Arlington, VA (US)
Current Employee - Research Scientist in Arlington, VA (US)

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

Pros

SRI operates as a large number of research centers, each with its own culture, focus and priorities. There's some effort to align things at the corporate level, but really, the centers run as businesses (but with a system so centers experiencing a downturn may be 'carried' by ones that stay profitable). In research, positions are really what you make them. You need to hunt for new projects, be entrepreneurial, and develop relationships with customers. If you do that, you have a lot of security and job satisfaction. If you don't, you may have pretty good job security but you'll be marginalized pretty quickly. Get to know your center director--if you don't, you probably won't get the best projects.

SRI offers some pretty nice benefits, not like Google or Apple but it emphasizes work-life balance. Really, it's an academic institution at heart even after being separated from Stanford for so many years. Good commuter subsidies, health club subsidies, social opportunities.

Cons

- Lower than standard pay (granted, it's a non-profit so "bonuses" are not common)
- Infrastructure is out-of-date but expensive, so overhead rate are high
- Administrative processes are bureaucratic and archaic, although top management seems to be working on this.
- Not a big fan of their health insurance plans, but in line with orgs of this size (500-5000 employees)
- Heavily dependent on Defense Department for revenues and business opportunities. Civilian research activities are strong, but national & homeland security issues are the priority areas.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

SRI probably talks the talk better than it walks the walk when it comes to innovation, but this situation is improving. There's a lot of pressure to avoid rocking the boat. The strength of SRI is its breadth of knowledge--there are experts about EVERYTHING here. It's way too tough to find out who they are, get to know them, and especially to get them involved in projects.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    SRI IT experience - it feels good to be out of there

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    Former Employee - Former IT staff member, now happily employed elsewhere in Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Former IT staff member, now happily employed elsewhere in Menlo Park, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, good and open company culture ( outside of IT), business customers are nice and intelligent people, nice job location ( downtown Menlo Park), everyone has an office.

    Cons

    New IT management is in striking mis-alignment with the company's open culture; extremely low morale in IT, lots of politics and dishonesty, very hostile work environment; employees are rewarded not based on merit but based on extent of "loyalty" they are willing to display; work ethics is extremely low. Expressing your honest professional opinions is not safe anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To IT management: "Enable and Amplify" should start with your own internal staff - listen to them, respect their knowledge and experience - you might be surprised and actually learn something from them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    SRI IT mis-management run amok

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    STI IT used to be for many many years a nice work environment where the former CIO made sure everyone's opinions and suggestions were heard, alternatives were always discussed, and nobody was afraid to suggest alternatives to anything

    Cons

    SRI CEO and his team apparently lack either IT focus, or common sense in selecting CIO successors, or both. Unfortunately, the new CIO they have recently selected is very arrogant towards both her business user community, as well as IT staffers, plays favoritism daily, and has been hiring her 'old cronies' from places in her past.. She has been contributing to declining morale, lack of trust, and abismal IT productivity rates. This is very unfortunate, and if this goes on unchanged, SRI will become a place to avoid at all costs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO and SRI Board needs to get some 'street smarts', and shed their 'coke bottle' science professor eye glasses.. Apparently, they have lost their way to see clearly what types of IT leaders they are selecting, approving, supporting, and hiring. Take an employee survey in IT and in your business community regarding IT, and you will not be disappointed. Draw your conclusions and call to action on fixing IT the second time, but this time, with the proper focus, and insights, please

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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