Esri

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Esri Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 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.  

    Great place for experienced professionals, not so great at developing people early in their careers.

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

    I have been working at Esri full-time

    Pros

    Outstanding health care benefits.
    Lots of passionate GIS professionals who are really drive transformational change with the organizations they work with.
    Company culture is to support customers, at all levels. Not just lip service here. Sales plans are developed and executed to support organizations rather than just sell software.

    Cons

    Internal movement is difficult.
    The learning environment for new employees, or employees new in their careers varies dramatically depending on managers and pyramids.
    Work/Life balance is a significant issue. Travel is expected to be done after hours, weekend calls and meetings. Everyone paid by the hour. Competitive offers are based on 50 hour work weeks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    More positive than negative

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

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

    Pros

    Privately owned so you don't deal with the typical pressures of a public company. Very creative, high energy environment. Ideal for self starters, passionate people. Mostly very flexible, agile and very customer focused.

    Cons

    CEO is a visionary but obsessed almost to a fault. Next tier leadership is territorial, always positioning, reactive, judgmental.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to listen, lot of lip service about listening but it's clear the circle of valued input is shrinking ever smaller.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to start with. You will learn a lot.

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

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

    Pros

    Everybody gets an office. You can expect to work on challenging projects depending on group you work for. Schedule is flexible. It has research environment. Jewel of Inland Empire.

    Cons

    Nothing for this section. Great company in the middle of no where.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company and people to work with

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

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

    Pros

    If your passion id GIS - this is the place to be in.
    The people are great.

    Cons

    Conservative salaries.
    HQ is in Redlands. A small quite conservative town. If you come from a big city or used to the ocean breeze you might not like it here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company lost it's start-up mentality and is focused on erecting new buildings.
    Promote innovation. Take risks. stop playing catch up and compensate achievers. Restructure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Summer Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Redlands, CA

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

    Pros

    The Campus is very nice with lots of trees. You get your own office. Most people are very nice and friendly, helpful.

    Cons

    they are not pursuing more innovative products.
    not clear career path.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great employer in terms of work-life balance, benefits, and promotion opportunities

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

    I have been working at Esri

    Pros

    -Work-life balance means a lot here
    -Ability to take long vacations if desired
    -Benefits are better than average and transparent
    -Open communication with any team/unit in the company
    -Growing company
    -Very diverse workforce, unlike many tech companies
    -Many positions are paid hourly, allowing for more a flexible schedule when needed
    -Large percentage of new/vacated positions filled internally, so lots of room for vertical and lateral movement in theory
    -Much of leadership/management has been promoted from entry level and have been with Esri for 5-10 years
    -College campus-like environment
    -Geography-centric more than coder/programmer-centric

    Cons

    -Much of leadership has been promoted from a technical position of some sort and do not generally make good leaders, as few have any formal training or past leadership experience
    -You need to put in some time here to move forward, generally around 2 years but sometimes much longer. However once that is complete many doors can open up but may require going in a new technology direction, since many teams aren't very big and are very specialized
    -Redlands is a nice safe town but it's a bit of a "Esri island" as there aren't any similar tech opportunities nearby, and could seem boring to a young professional both professionally and socially
    -The main campus is a nice work setting similar to a college campus but not all positions work on the campus, even in Redlands. There are numerous satellite offices throughout town
    -Raises are small

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Programmer Support Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great company, people are very friendly and helpful to achieve better carreer.

    Cons

    Compensation is low. not much to say.

    Recommends
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't forget your koolaid

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

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, great work environment, many opportunities for technical growth

    Cons

    Politics, old-school salary determination process, low salary, need more time off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider increasing sick/personal time as well as vaca. Consider moving into the 21st century of software companies with things like sabbaticals, on-site daycare, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to start out and grow

    • 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

    Pros

    Very stable, autonomy but not too much (depends on the team)
    Friendly people who love maps and GIS and want to make the world better
    Comfy pay (for Redlands) and hourly scheduling with flextime is great

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for learning and growth, conservative raises

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good technology direction, needs a few tweaks organizationally and this company will be around for a long time.

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

    I have been working at Esri full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great technology, great clients, a great place to make an impact on government, business and society. Wide range of very innovative software and very talented staff that should keep company very competitive for years to come.

    Cons

    Very flat company structure. Well known for little room for advancement and relocation, only after threat of leaving company. Some mid management can be vindictive and selfish, senior management needs to be a better example.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recent years mid and senior management have lost team focus. Teams at times do not work well together, management should be top down examples of team building and management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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