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Work Environment

At SLA, individual creativity is valued and a collaborative culture prevails. We strive to create a positive work environment for all members, one in which passion and pride can give rise to world-leading innovation.


We embrace change and strongly encourage training and development. Opportunities are available for SLA members to continue their career growth through both formal and informal educational programs.

SLA employees are recognized for their hard work and contributions. We want each and every team member to be aware of his or her part in making SLA a distinguished research and development center.

Workplace Benefits

  • High degree of autonomy for many job functions

  • Flexible work schedules, remote work options

  • Casual office environment in a very nice building with lots of natural light

  • Good team environment, team members truly enjoy working with each other

  • SLA is distinguished for its highly educated and culturally diverse staff

  • Small division/small team atmosphere, but large, global company backing

  • Free parking

  • Great restaurants near office

  • Top-rated school districts (See more)

  • No state income tax

  • No sales tax across the river in Oregon

  • Bike friendly commute

  • Amazing outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, skiing, fishing, hunting, bike trails and close proximity to both the ocean, mountain and city nightlife


  • Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) and Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) medical plans

  • Prescription drugs, vision care, and dental plan

  • Savings on services such as chiropractic, acupuncture, therapeutic massage, vitamins and supplement


  • Life insurance, including exempt coverage at 1.5x annual salary at no charge with the opportunity to purchase additional coverage

  • Short-term disability coverage for up to 26 weeks in the event of non-work-related injury and illness

  • Optional long-term disability coverage at a low monthly cost


Employees can tax-defer a portion of their compensation (up to IRS limits) into a 401(k) plan, with the company matching up to 4% when employees contribute 6% pre-tax. Employees are able to select from a variety of investment options and become fully vested in just three years.


SLA recognizes 11 standard holidays annually. Vacation eligibility is calculated on a calendar year basis. Initially, employees accrue 13 vacation days annually, which increases after four years of employment.  SLA employees are also entitled to two personal days per year.


  • Sign on bonuses

  • Long term incentive bonuses

  • Semi Annual bonus

  • Patent awards

  • Paid for Gym memberships

  • Employee Assistance Program offering confidential counseling for employees dealing with substance abuse, domestic violence, elder care, and other critical life events

  • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts 

  • Employee “Company Store” discounts on Sharp consumer products

  • Discounts on products and services from many electronics, automotive, insurance, and wireless providers

  • Reimbursement of tuition and associated expenses for approved degree programs, seminars, workshops, and classes

SLA Job Opportunities

No Open Jobs at this time.

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