Southwest Research Institute Careers and Employment
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Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is one of the oldest and largest independent, nonprofit, applied research and development (R&D) organizations in the United States.
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Scientific Research & Development
Information Design & Documentation
Installation & Maintenance
Interface with Program Director, Engineers, and Subcontracting Leads.
Provide Executive Briefs
Meet Subcontract contract requirements
SwRI is great, however the division I worked for was not the best. As a contractor you're paid non livable wages and you're required to work a ridiculous amount of overtime. When the pandemic started they did not care about their contractor employees.
SwRI is a non-benefit group and support engineering service in the area. Time charge number is the priority factor to judge employees work performance that makes people stressed.
The work was easy and the atmosphere was one of learning. If you don't know how to do it they'll teach you. New tech is always coming through. Great place to learn the basics and advance your career.
Speaking from a contractor/tech point of view, engineers need not apply. Depending where on the institute you work will affect your experience. I had a lot of flexibility with days off, just due to the lead tech being a good dude. You get 5 PTO days a year as a contractor. There was no micro-managing in my area, which was a positive. The cons would be the pay is lackluster, you won't find growth within this company. This is a good way to get by temporarily. They will renew your contract automatically because its a revolving door at SWRI. Some days you might be working outside, other days you may work inside on a dedicated project. You never really do the same thing, unless you're assigned to shift work. Shifts are 12 hour days sometimes for 2 weeks straight. That's where the flexibility ends. Culture wise you will find the techs stay with the techs and the engineers stay with the engineers. Hardest part of the job was dealing with engineers who lack common sense. Management doesn't exist and won't hound you for anything, they are up in their own world. Management forgot who I was multiple times at meetings, and re-introduced me about 3 times over the 10 months I worked at this company. I learned a lot more hands on skills than I anticipated I would. If you know how to turn a wrench you're already on the right track. All in all if you're a patient person, and need a job to get by then this is a good fit. Even if you can't turn a wrench, they're good techs that will teach you. Highly advise having safety as your main goal, some projects are more dangerous than others. Also be warned, they do lay off contractors before anyone else, if you don't have seniority as a contractor you will be on the chopping block to cut costs. SWRI is a non-profit organization so job security isn't there if the demand for oil & gas research slows down.
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