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Its a place to go and hide.
Software Engineer (Current Employee) –  San Antonio, TXJanuary 11, 2018
This place is a joke for being a Research Institute. Most of the practices and management are antiquated to say the least, the manager of the R&D Department (my supervisor), had no clue what agile was, very little bug tracking, and just recently adopted "version control" (serious, he used quotes to describe it).

They do have some interesting departments including the space and science division, but for the most part people get hired here and stay until they die or retire or leave for greener pastures. This is lifer central and most of the upper management is well entrenched, they are not going to be adopting any modern software practices any time soon.

On the plus side, the atmosphere is pretty lax and if you can deal with the old school good old boy hierarchy its not bad if you don't want any real challenges.
Pros
Institute lifer mentality (job security)
Cons
Institute lifer mentality (no future)
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Fantastic
Team Lead (Former Employee) –  Umatilla, ORDecember 24, 2017
This was the best company I have ever worked for. The pay was great. Benefits were equivalent to the military. Retirement was paid in even if you paid nothing. Overtime was available if you wanted it, but as far as I remember only mandatory for regular schedule. It was a rotating shift. One week required 48 hours. The next was just 36. So it balanced out.
Pros
Pay, Benefits, Vacation, 401k
Cons
Nights and Days rotating
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Exploitive and abusive
Technical Staff Member (Former Employee) –  San Antonio, TXNovember 15, 2017
SwRI operates as a caste culture. The senior staff receive lavish salaries and bonuses, and some include in their contract the benefit to fly business class on their extreme travel schedule. All this while junior salaries are kept low to maintain the benefits awarded to the senior staff. Furthermore, the environment is openly hostile to women. One division had five women on the technical staff leave the company in just three months, and no one stopped to ask what was going on.
Pros
Exciting projects
Cons
Toxic work environment
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Great Place to work Family Friendly
Quality Assurance Technician (Current Employee) –  San Antnio, TxNovember 13, 2017
Working at Southwest Research Institute has been great. If it weren't for relocating I wouldn't leave. I like all the people I work with and the working environment has been amazing.
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Great place to work, if you never want to make money
Mechanic (Current Employee) –  San Antonio, TXNovember 5, 2017
If you don’t have a degree, don’t expect any pay. Horribly mismanaged, they’ll rip you apart for the simplest mistake while letting some people get away with murder right in front of them. Management believes pay can’t be beat, I made a lot more working in the dealership as a mechanic and plan on going back.
Pros
At least they pay by the hour
Cons
Management, pay, lack of competent coworkers
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Temp position/Hiring freeze clerical positions
Subcontract Clerk II (Former Employee) –  San Antonio, TXSeptember 22, 2017
I would have loved to work permanently for SWRI but the hiring freeze had been in place over a year when I arrived.
The work load is very heavy and mentally taxing due to government contracts and subcontracts being reviewed for accuracy day in and day out.
Pros
Cafeteria, Bank, Med Clinic and Recreation Center on Campus
Cons
Pay rate is lower than average due to benefits offered.
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Wonderful work environment
Lab Technician (Former Employee) –  San Antonio, TXSeptember 12, 2017
Working for this company was an awesome experience. There were times when workload was high and hours were long but pay was worth it. Labor was not very hard just time consuming. Its a very laid back and relaxed place to work.
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Intriguing
Principal Engineer (Former Employee) –  San Antonio, TXSeptember 3, 2017
Very interesting technical work for someone with career focus on research and advancement development. Really enjoy the interactions with people there.
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Good place to work, if permanent employee
Lab Technician (Current Employee) –  San Antonio, TXAugust 31, 2017
I really enjoy working at SwRI, my only real complaint is that as a temporary employee, the wait to get hired as a permanent employee can be a long wait. I've heard some got hired on after 3 years as a temporary employee.
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Face paced and detail oriented but a great place to work
A/R Assistant supervidor (Former Employee) –  San Antonio, TXAugust 28, 2017
Great place to work but it depends on who you work under Fast paced, detail oriented and no room for errors when working in the section that deals with the US government
Pros
Fitness center on grounds and credit union.
Cons
None
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Great place to work
Principal Printer (Current Employee) –  San Antonio, TXAugust 18, 2017
Great place to work. Very family oriented.Good opportunities to grow in your career. A large company with a small company philosophy. Offers great fringe benefits for all it's employees.
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Senior Research Engineer
Fuel System Specialist (Former Employee) –  San Antonio, TXAugust 16, 2017
Develope an expertise in a particular industry then one can really flourish in their career at SwRI. Lots of opportunity with career advancement education programs. Want to go back working there and finish my Masters Degree.
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Numerous opportunities for growth
Scientist / Metals and Radiochemical Analyst (Former Employee) –  San Antonio, TXJune 23, 2017
I worked for SwRI for 7 years. I enjoyed my time here. I learned many things I may not have learned elsewhere. While the work was challenging it was also rewarding.
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Good for junior engineers
Principal Engineer (Current Employee) –  San Antonio, TXMay 14, 2017
SwRI is a good place for junior engineers to develop their skills. As you advance, you are required to bring in projects and you will soon find yourself not doing any project management or engineering, just sales. It is possible to stay solely on the technical track; however, demand for your time will decrease as your salary increases. So you will find yourself working lots of donated overtime hours just to maintain your utilization.
Pros
Great people
Cons
Will work yourself out of a job as you advance
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Easy going and management usually left the staff alone.
Group Manager (Former Employee) –  San Antonio, TXMay 9, 2017
Relaxed atmosphere. Management became management from the rank of engineers and technical staff. Consequently, they were ill trained in amnagement, and most had no previous experience.
The work assigned was interesting and diverse. There seldom was boring assignments
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Good workplace if you get lucky with your department and division
Research Engineer (Former Employee) –  San Antonio, TXMay 8, 2017
Engineers are expected to not only perform their software/electrical/engineering tasks, but also to find new work, market, and write proposals and budgetaries. Unfortunately, even if you are not good at one or more of those things, you are heavily judged against it but of course that all depends on your department and division.

Also, don't expect salaries to blow your mind. Benefits are great but overall compensation does not compete with profitable companies.
Pros
Depending on division, multitude of different projects to work on.
Cons
Excessive amount of work sometimes, everyone is expected to perform engineering and management tasks.
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Excellent Place
Information Systems Security Officer (Current Employee) –  San Antonio, TXApril 12, 2017
Probably the last place you will see people working here for 50 years. Great feedback in my particular division. Benefits are outstanding. Family oriented here.
Pros
Great teamwork environment
Cons
Slow advancement
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Large campus with wide range of testing environments, challenging and unique issues to address (never boring)
Jason Ponton, Senior Helpdesk technician (Former Employee) –  6220 Culebra Rd San Antonio, Tx 78238March 2, 2017
A typical day as a held desk technician involved addressing virus infections, replacing PC hardware components, troubleshooting software issues and managing active directory. While working here I learned how to use SCCM and many troubleshooting techniques in the windows environment.

Management is pretty laid back unless it is a large scale issue or you mess up big time. The overall culture is pretty lax as far as work environments go. There is not as much pressure to perform as in other work places I have been at.
Pros
Good pay, good benefits, most laid back work environment
Cons
Management can be cool most of the time, then you come in one morning and they are flipping out on you.
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Great place to work.
Principal Machinist / Kinetic Systems (Current Employee) –  San Antonio, TXFebruary 6, 2017
SwRI provides a great, family friendly environment with lots of flexibilty. The campus is scenic and easy to get around. The work-life balance is also enjoyable.
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diverse environment
Research Engineer (Current Employee) –  San Antonio, TXDecember 28, 2016
Recommend SwRI to work. Projects are real and diverse. Work load is not too much. staff are all very well educated and friendly. offers excellent retirement plan and inssurance
Pros
diverse work
Cons
senior oriented company
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