Esri Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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Pros
  • Provides a great work life balance (in 15 reviews)

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

Cons
  • No career path and no support from HR to find one (in 18 reviews)

  • very limited personal career growth (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (6)

    Great organization with smart people.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. The campus is beautiful and we have pretty good IT equipment. The holidays are good. Love the fact we get MLK day off. Not many companies recognize this as a holiday. Profit sharing is awesome. Change to vesting as schedule is nice for 401k and profit sharing. You are fully vested after 3 years used to 7 years which was ridiculous. Nice to see corporate can make some tough decisions and get rid of dead weight like in HR and Marketing. Hope there can be more decisions done in the future.

    Cons

    Wish we had more sick time. We only get 5 days. 2 weeks would be nice. Communication is getting better but needs to improve. Corporate is too involved in daily things like promotions and some hiring decisions so things slow down because of this. Career path is ok. You have to make your own. Would be nice if there was a budget for employee recognition activities. A lot of managers have to pay for this out of their own pockets. I feel bad as Esri isn't to competitive salary wise but if you have a good manager they recognize the importance and they do it. But would be nice if the company had a budget for this. Merit increases are low. Expect 3% - 4%. To get large pay increases you have to get promoted or threaten to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Trust managers and employees.

    Esri Response

    May 18, 2015 – Human Resources

    Thank you for recognizing our efforts towards improving communication and we will continue to work on this companywide. We are happy to hear your hard work is being recognized, and we're working ... More


  2. Helpful (9)

    Compelling Vision / Upside down accountability model

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

    I worked at Esri full-time (More than 10 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's hard to beat Esri's vision. Esri provides their clients the tools and services they need to make the world a better place . It doesn't matter whether you're into solving world hunger, protecting the environment, or preserving our crumbling infrastructure. Esri has tools and services that make it easier. At Esri you get to work with some of the world's most brilliant minds; people who are passionate about what they do. You can have access to cutting edge software and will be empowered to do what you need to in order to get the job done, so long as you are putting the customer first. If you are unsure of which path to take you only need ask yourself two questions; is it ethical? and is it good for the customer? If the answer is yes to both, there will likely be no serious repercussions if you make a mistake.

    Cons

    If you're looking for high wages and a lot of recognition, Esri's culture will work against you. Some folks at Esri are making good money and some are in the spotlight. These are not necessarily the same people. If it's the spotlight you want, you have to be a true believer and an evangelist. If it's high pay you're looking for, you need to grind, grind, grind. Oftentimes these goals are mutually exclusive. The expectation is that the work is its own reward. What that translates to in real life is that strong performers are held accountable and poor performers are not. This upside down model can create a caustic work environment, especially when poor performers are promoted out of their groups (sometimes the easiest way to get rid of a problem is to promote it away) while good performers are treated like traitors if they express a desire to advance their careers.

    Advice to Management

    Help new employees establish a career path and set realistic goals. Actually have an advancement path and stop leaving it up to every employee to figure it out for themselves. Enough with the unwritten rules, already. There are too many things that remain unspoken which can trip a new employee up and impact their careers for years to come.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Long time employee

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

    I have been working at Esri

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, flexible work schedule, work-life balance, flat management structure if you're not looking to move up in management. Great place to advance your technical skill.

    Cons

    Low pay compared to similar jobs at other companies. Little room for advancement into upper management positions. HR does not do much when issues are brought to them.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. There are a lot of very talented people with great ideas that are often ignored due to management egos.


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  5. Great Atmosphere

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, on site café, benefits plans are awesome, casual dress code, landscape is gorgeous, friendly employees, 401(k) matching is pretty good, management is approachable and open.

    Cons

    Pay isn't comparable to similar positions elsewhere, position titles don't fit job functions, administrative positions are paid less/valued less than technical positions, no annual company functions, vacation time could be higher (2 weeks or 10 days from years 2-5)

    Advice to Management

    Raises should be based on performance (30 cents to administrative roles is deflating), more company wide events/programs for company involvement, increase communication and vacation time- work load should match job title.


  6. Helpful (1)

    At esri since 2000

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible work hours. Great paid benefits.

    Cons

    Long hours, weekend and night work hours expected.

    Advice to Management

    Strive to promote from within more often


  7. Helpful (2)

    Nice place to work.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging environment Plenty of smart people around Get to work on products being used around the world Good benefits

    Cons

    No career growth unless you chart your own course. Very low pay rises even after being recognized as doing an excellent job.

    Advice to Management

    Please reward and encourage/promote your best employees. Have more training options.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Big company benefits, small company feel.

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

    I worked at Esri full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Trendy multi-cultural and multi-generational environment, best health care plan, flexible, family oriented, gym and Starbucks on site, comfy chairs.

    Cons

    It takes a long time to make a decision, some people have been there too long and reluctant to change, no team-building activities, very "clicky", everything is treated as "top secret"

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent across all levels and you'll gain trust


  9. Solutions Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Solutions Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Solutions Engineer in Washington, DC

    I worked at Esri full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work with the latest GIS technology.

    Cons

    Very fast paced, not much depth.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Account Executive

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Aspirational company with Jack leading the way. Leading edge of technology. Autonomy in developing a sales plan for your key accounts. Excellent sales engineer support for client activities.

    Cons

    Some new software releases were poor when you trying to integrate with other enterprise systems. Myopic view of other technology besides Esri solution. Lack of an integration story for large enterprise accounts.


  11. Helpful (7)

    Great place to start or end a career

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

    I worked at Esri full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of very smart people working on software that helps shape the world around us. Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Lack of clear career path for younger employees. Not very remote-friendly.

    Advice to Management

    Change things up more. Less design by committee, more vision.

    Esri Response

    Jul 2, 2015 – Human Resources

    We are also proud of how our technology is used to make a powerful global impact. Having employees onsite allows for opportunities to work cohesively as a team and fosters innovation, creativity, and ... More



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