Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is essentially structured as several small businesses (divisions) competing/cooperating to win projects.Each division is different, and even within divisions, departments can be drastically different. As such, my experience is not representative of SwRI as a whole.
A lot of managers are engineers who received some - more ... management training and are thrust into management positions. As such, the management can be poor at times.
If you are passionate about what you are working on, then you probably won't mind not making as much money as you could if you were at ... - less