Esri

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Esri Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
241 Reviews
3.1
241 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Provides a great work life balance (in 15 reviews)

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


Cons
  • There is no career path - pick your life's work and you will be just fine (in 18 reviews)

  • No opportunity for career growth unless someone ahead of you retires or leaves the company (in 13 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    A great place to ride off into the sunset?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Programmer in Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Programmer in Redlands, CA

    I worked at Esri full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits (health, dental, vision, life, 401k with match, profit sharing). Beautiful campus. Nice people. You probably won't get fired.

    Cons

    I wanted to love this company so much. Everything seemed great (see Pros), but the longer I was there, the more I felt like something isn't right at esri. It just feels sleepy. There's no energy (maybe for the User Conference, but if you're not involved there - meh). It just feels like everyone there is resigned to the fact that they need to stay their 6 (or is it 7?) years until they're fully vested. Trust me, that is an ETERNITY!

    It honestly seems like a fantastic place to retire from. There isn't a lot of stress. Not much is asked of you. You can keep developing in the same technology forever and no on will bat an eyelash. But after 2 or 3 years there, I doubt you'll be relevant anymore in the real world.

    Like I said earlier, I wanted to love esri, but in the end I was just bored. And the thought of staying there for 6 years seemed like torture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some talented YOUNG managers to breathe some life back into esri (you'll need to pay them more than you're used to). This place just seems tired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company if your rank and file

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at Esri full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Healthcare is included
    Paid for the time you put in, not the revenue you bring in
    Nice people
    User conference

    Cons

    Big disconnect between sales and upper management
    Employees abuse the hourly pay - self reported time cards
    Not direct compensation based on performance
    Merit increases are minimal after 3-4 years regardless of performance
    Market share is dwindling as new offerings are being included in other enterprise technologies I.e. Mapping in BI systems and google plug ins

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your top performers
    Move sales away from hourly pay- this makes no sense and limits their marketability for sales roles after ESRI - by design I assume.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Right place if you want a laid back atmosphere from beginning of your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Programmer in Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Programmer in Redlands, CA

    I worked at Esri as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Good perks and benefits
    -Flexible timings

    Cons

    -Not competitive compensation
    -Long interview process for a full time offer even if you were an intern in the same company

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Large employer in a small town

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Redlands, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, full family health care coverage paid (mediocre insurance though). If you are hired at your current ability level you will be paid at the low end of the wage range due to the company's geographic isolation from the competition. If you work for a decent manager your work life will be good and mostly easy, if not, he or she will have the power to make it unpleasant.

    Cons

    If you accept a position below your ability level, you will never catch up to even the low end of the wage range inspite of any education and experience you possess or gain. It is very difficult to move around in the company and there is no preference given to employees for open positions within the company. No career path and no support from HR to find one. They talk about it but nothing is actually done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to listen to those in the company who have vision. Too many of those at the top can't see beyond their own silos.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Relaxed work, no pressure environment... But lacks of promotions and motivations. Slow moving.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redlands, CA

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

    Pros

    - Flexible schedule
    - Job stability
    - Paid by hours

    Esri is a company for family people. They are very flexible about work hours. If you kids need a doctor appointment just let your coworkers know you need to leave. When you will get home you can work remotely part of time. This is all because you get paid by hours worked.
    They send employees to conferences.

    Cons

    - Job stability
    - Lack of bonuses and motivation

    If you get hired in most cases you won't be fired. This is good if you are a good worker. But this is also works even if you are a bad worker. And this is a nightmare if you are a coworker of bad worker. There are people who are not performing well. This pulls entire team down. What is a fun to work intensively, deliver new product if a person in next office will is doing nothing for months and still will get the salary raise for the same 3-5% by end of year! And there is no way to fire such a person - he/she will be promoted and moved to another team. to another position... That is just unfair work.All this happens because such bad worker works with a team but reports to a manager who is no a part of a team, and could be in another city at all.

    There are no bonuses and almost no raise. You salary will be the same plus 3-5% per year. Well, this is almost guaranteed no matter how well / bad you will be working.

    There is no opportunity to grow - even move to another department / team is a big problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Fire your HR department and get new people there. They are not tracking individual performance, not asking for feedback from a team. They are not able to hire new people - positions remains open till Jack will kick them. You just need a new head of HR with real experience in software companies.

    - Build a strong hierarchy - managers should be a part of a team instead of staying aside, should be responsible for team success.

    - Provide bonuses for releasing products on time.

    - Increase horizontal mobility. If another team wants a developer for an interesting project I would like to be able to join the team. Current team manager should just receive 2 weeks notice - like if I would be leaving to another company.

    - Let developers choose what tools they need. It is just stupid when request of $30 software is declined but $2100 was spent to purchase product support which was never used.

    - Open a feedback line for employees. if there is an issue in a product then it is better if it will be reported by employee instead of being reported by a customer. If we will be able to provide feedback then our products will be better and better.

    - Your high management got professional experience at times of COM and desktop systems. Look around! It is web world now! Government customers are important but if you stuck and do not innovate / support new technologies because government sits on IE9 then company loose reputation! It doesn't make sense always reinvent the wheel where there are a lot of third-party products which could be used.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Only the chosen few

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Esri full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work and software; good benefits, pretty campus

    Cons

    If you are not part of the click, life can be miserable and not chance to advance

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Laidback city, less stressful life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Redlands, CA

    I worked at Esri full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You'll love it if you want a less stressful life while you're still doing good work. There're few good teams at Esri. If you're lucky to join such a team, you will enjoy the benefits. Redlands cost of living is not too high (850'ish rent for 1 bhk place). If you don't like too much city buzz, you'll enjoy this quiet place and a relatively stress free job.

    Cons

    - More emphasis on QA
    - Profit sharing goes into 401k. Most employees prefer deposit in their paycheque :)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company to start with, has a lot of short falls

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student in Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Student in Redlands, CA

    I worked at Esri as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Hourly wages. Work load is less. Smart people don't work here, so you can get away with a lot of things

    Cons

    Esri hires random folks who don't have the right background which means they are adding a lot of bloat to the products and making things hard for the right folks. The top management do not keep a tab on products being worked on from satellite offices resulting in teams being driven by intuition as opposed to facts.

    Doing things the right way is often dismissed by saying 'Esri is not the company which does this or that this way'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hire the right folks. Make product and customer usage data available throughout the company for teams to make informed decisions. CEO needs to be more focused and competitive. Let's do few things in a great fashion than doing many great things,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Esri - Good benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Redlands, CA

    I have been working at Esri full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Privately held and very fiscally sound, excellent health & dental benefits, fairly low-stress environment and the leader in GIS.

    Cons

    Many long-timers and very limited upward mobility. No clear path to move up in your career, non-standard job titles and job descriptions and limited opportunities to take on very visible projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get people in management that have proven leadership ability, not just people who have worked at Esri a long time, establish clear career paths for employees, and promote on abilities and skillsets not just tenure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ok for family, Not Ok for individuals who can work hard and need high pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Programmer in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Programmer in Redlands, CA

    I have been working at Esri full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Less pressure,
    Family friendly,
    Insurance benefits,
    Comfortable office environment,
    Eco-friendly office with lot of trees and fish ponds

    Cons

    No significant pay rise,
    Sometimes boring work, very hard to push new innovations,
    No team based tasks and enthusiasm,
    Remote location,
    No nearby food places other than in-office cafe which is not open at all times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay in par with industry standards

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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