Esri Reviews

Updated June 6, 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 (4)

    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, 2015Human 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 (2)

    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.


  3. Helpful (4)

    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, 2015Human 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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  5. Good company

    • 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, laid back atmosphere which was nice
    Good projects
    Room from promotion

    Cons

    Benefits weren't the best for the position and salary was not competitive for the area, but reasonable and not terrible

    Advice to Management

    Pay people what they're worth and don't try to cheap out with poor salary for the position


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great Benefits!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Esri

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

    Pros

    Company paid premiums for entire family.

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted from within.


  7. Laid Back Culture

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Laid back environment offering flexible work hours and good benefits. The property feels like a college campus. Overall a nice place to work.

    Cons

    salary below market rates but the benefits are great. this place is a billion dollar business that is still run like a family business.


  8. Helpful (5)

    Great place to start or end your career.

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

    I worked at Esri

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great work/life balance
    - Supportive coworkers
    - A solid, growing group of young employees
    - Training opportunities
    - Great networking opportunities
    - People are generally open and friendly
    - Not an overly competitive work environment

    For those of you who are fresh out of college, Esri is a great place to start your career. You meet a lot of young people through the internship program. Meet a few people, and it will quickly snowball into a pretty solid group of friends. I've met some of my closest friends during the two years I worked here. It's a good transition from college life to working life because Redlands feels like a college town (I guess it technically is because UofR is here).

    Esri is a great learning environment. While the work can be challenging at times, its not too cut throat. I loved working at Esri, and would definitely consider returning later in life.

    Cons

    - Salary is not competitive
    - Raises are consistent but small
    - Can feel a bit "corporate" at times.
        - They would not let me listen to spotify while I worked
        - Management was ok with working us till late before a release, but would complain about "long coffee breaks."
    - Manager micromanaged....a lot
    - May be team specific, but manager did not like cross team collaboration and did not support it
    - Team didn't have enough resources for scope of work
    - No room for vertical growth (aka, promotions)
    - Horizontal movement opportunities available, but difficult
    - Has job security, which is great! But results in a lot of "checked out" people who've been there for over 20 years
    - Lack of opportunity for vertical growth results in people just "checking out." But as a result, work environment is chill, not cut throat.
    - No perks
    - The entire company gets one bonus a year regardless of salary...which is like $100, $90 after taxes.... Merry Christmas!
    - Building M, where the developers work, get preferential treatment. Lounge rooms, sofas, pretty colors, newest coffee machines.... I think all of the photos on glassdoor are from M. The rest of us work in drab fishbowls, and the facilities were built in the 80s or something.

    Also, I think the photo of everyone playing foosball is....misleading. Where is that table...? Did they bring it in for the photo shoot? Ever since I've seen that photo I've been on a quest to find it. Never have.

    Advice to Management

    More opportunities for vertical growth, more employee perks, more competitive salary.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Solutions Engineer (Sales Engineer)

    • 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 a year)

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

    Pros

    - Privately owned, which means we don't answer to the agenda of a board of directors
    - Zero-debt company since it's inception. Slow, but steady growth and never any job cutbacks
    - Great culture and friendly people
    - Relaxed work environment for most teams
    - Great benefits and valuable on-the-job training
    - Paid for 8 hours of travel time each trip, so you make money sitting on a plane
    - Exempt employee status for most employees, so flexible hours are a plus
    - Mentally stimulating and rewarding work
    - Very approachable upper management. You can drop by their offices any time and just chat.

    Cons

    - Very lateral company. If you need to be constantly rewarded with a new title every couple of years, then you need a job at a bigger corporation where everyone is a VP or Director of something.
    - Esri hardly ever fires people, which leads to some frustrating inefficiencies and questionable work ethics.
    - Ill-defined roles in some areas, which has a similar result to the previous bullet.

    Advice to Management

    The company is going through a big period of change; management needs to continue to adapt and change with it or they will be spinning their tires.


  10. Helpful (2)

    sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Sales in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Esri full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Some of the smartest people i've ever encountered. Passionate about customer success.

    Cons

    Some disconnect at upper levels due to ultra-flat organization structure.

    Advice to Management

    "Walk the halls" more. Leverage knowledge of some great people with closest contact to customers and prospects and "street cred"

    Esri Response

    May 4, 2015

    Thank you for that advice, we are definitely looking to provide networking opportunities for employees at all levels. If you have any ideas please share them with your HR rep!


  11. Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant

    I have been working at Esri

    Pros

    Training, work-life balance, office culture

    Cons

    promotions, bonus, management support, salary



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