Esri Reviews

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
223 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Provides a great work life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • great benefits --- essentially free healthcare (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • No career path and management is not motivated to cultivate the best (in 17 reviews)

  • No opportunity for career growth unless someone ahead of you retires or leaves the company (in 12 reviews)

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    Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Redlands, CA

    I worked at Esri full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Provides a great work life balance

    Cons

    Bad pay
    No career path
    No support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for experienced (non- esri vertan) employees to move up in management to provide innovation and new fresh approaches

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I had 4 supervisors.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA

    I worked at Esri full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The employees in my department were very courteous.

    Cons

    I had 4 supervisors. They did not communicate so I kept answering the same question. I was supposed to have one supervisor and one manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure everyone is on the same page.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lure you in with the great (physical) environment - but no growth opportunities once you are there

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA

    I have been working at Esri full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Esri's main campus in Redlands has a casual atmosphere and relaxed dress code. flexible schedule. stable employment. good benefits (medical, vision, profit sharing, 401K and matching). lots of trees and outside space.

    Cons

    There are no opportunities for advancement, lots of office politics. Plan to stay in the same position you were hired for, it is extremely difficult to get a transfer. Management is weak.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    A "soul-less" company...says a current top executive...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA

    I worked at Esri full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Longevity for many employees, nice location, pretty grounds.

    Cons

    Horrible culture, no focus on developing people, ruled by fear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor career prospects

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Esri

    Pros

    Great people
    Laid Back workplace
    Great for GIS professionals
    Good Benefits

    Cons

    Limited career options
    No promotion structure
    Out of Touch Management
    Raises are minimal
    Pay below industry norms

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees more opportunity to advance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    dull and plain at esri

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Esri full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours and slow paced.
    Stable career

    Cons

    very limited personal career growth.
    the management is too rigid.
    the pace is way too slow
    the location is in a dessert, the summer is scorching hot (110F is normal)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give employees more opportunities, motivations, and visions in career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great place for the end of one's career

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    Former Employee - Applications Programmer  in  Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Programmer in Redlands, CA

    I worked at Esri full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent benefits - Healthcare almost 100% covered for worker and family. Flex time.
    Very stable
    Paid overtime for "salary" workers

    Cons

    Very limited career growth possibilities - This is a largely flat corporate hierarchy. Everyone below director level is mostly equal. Titles and authority are not career based. Reorganizations in IT are frequent and people are moved up and down the structure arbitrarily.
    Success is based on seniority, not merit - ESRI is not a meritocracy. One's influence is related to the amount of time spent working there, or who you know. Success and experience are secondary to long-term personal relationships.
    No technological growth - ESRI uses very outdated technologies and is very skeptical to adopt anything new. New technologies threaten the comfort level of long term employees. Since seniority matters more than experience, any new technologies require serious uphill battles. An employee willing to make that case often ends up ostracized for threatening long term employees' positions.
    Employee monitoring by fellow employees - Employees are encouraged, and sometimes rewarded, for monitoring fellow employees and reporting activity to management.
    Old Guard of GIS - ESRI is successful for being the first and largest company in GIS. However, they are a desktop focused software product. They have failed to keep technologically relevant as companies like Google are rising to challenge them.
    Siloed Divisions - Individual divisions function in silos and directors regularly compete/challenge each other for the pool of resources. It is not uncommon to have different groups all doing the same thing but different ways. There is very little cooperation between business units.
    Lower pay - Expect salaries to stay below market price since you are compensated for overtime. The unspoken rule is that 45 hours/week is expected and brings your take home more closely aligned with market price. However, since there is no structure, there is no way to raise one's salary beyond 3-6%(-ish) a year for your entire career at ESRI.
    Paid overtime for salary workers - There is no leniency in time spent since all time is billable to the company. During orientation, you are told to remember to clock out for the 5-10 minute walk to get food from the cafeteria and back. That 10 minute period is personal time and is expected to be considered as such. For a contractor or hourly worker, this is not uncommon. However, a salary employee may find it challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a structure where seniority is secondary to experience and merit. Reduce the influence of long term employees who have very limited interest in growing outside of outdated business models. Bring on upper management that has experience in the online marketplace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Contractors Beware

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA

    I worked at Esri as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    At the team level you will work with talented, smart, and motivated folks that care about their career and the work you do. Teams usually have a greater sense of family than the HR department.

    Cons

    Recruiters and HR will change policies and will get rid of contractors that ask too many questions. I would suggest anyone that is working with a recruiter beware the lunches, the follow ups are nothing more than information gathering points. These people do not care about you and often times will tell you in the worse case scenarios "there's always better opportunities" even if you really want the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Jack, if you care about the teams at Esri and the people who really want to work there, fix the HR department and the way contractors are treated. There is no excuse for the lying and the mistreatment of contractors who really want a job with Esri.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Bad mamagement

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Multimedia Designer  in  Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Multimedia Designer in Redlands, CA

    I have been working at Esri full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great place to start and learn GIS but don't plan on staying. Good benefits, and 401K. Nice campus lots of trees.

    Cons

    Manager doesn't know what you are doing. Likes to micromanage. Lots of favoritism, if you are not in pay raises are very low. Owner doesn't know what is going on in the trenches. Thinks thing are great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean the closets and get some people in who know how to manage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 9 people found this helpful  

    Stuck in 90's

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    Current Employee - Lead Developer  in  Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Developer in Redlands, CA

    I have been working at Esri full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Job safety - Not a single layoff in the past 40 years.. You can see Jack at the cafe almost daily, how cool is that!! a CEO standing in line with you.. great guy.. market leaders in GIS.. Great medical benefits.. Paid by the HOUR

    Cons

    Hmm .. ok where do I start.. Absolutely zero career path so make sure you get in with a nice title and a package because you are not going to stay in that level forever, no promote from within mentality.. Though market leaders but not technology leaders, new ideas, designs, best practices are scoffed at by your direct supervisors who doesn't want to come out of their comfort zone.. Federal office mentality where people just do what it takes to survive or please Scott, who runs the company though Jack owns it.. Everything catches up late with esri - development methodologies, design(if there is one,we developers just do what we feel is right), best practices, consumption models, business plans, sales plans this is even after seeing other small and big companies successfully outperform them, hence stuck in 90's mindset.. REDLANDS is a big con.. Company is only suitable for people who wants to be comfortable without being challenged much and survive and get a paycheck at the end of the day, very bad for people looking for exciting challenges & opportunities..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    OPEN your eyes please.. We are the leaders but it doesn't mean we are going to stay there forever..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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