ESI Design Reviews

Updated July 9, 2015
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  1. I enjoyed it.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESI Design

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Talented, interesting people. Nice work environment. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Pay is at the lower end.


  2. Full of talented individuals, but structurally dysfunctional

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - lots of talented, creative and passionate individuals work here - good work/life balance

    Cons

    - project management department is inept and unable to properly manage a team of designers - overall morale is low and many employees are treated as less than - pay is not great - while designers themselves are talented and passionate, their ideas are very often shot down by Ed who makes the final decision- and his decisions are not necessarily the best but they can rarely be fully argued.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about employee morale, make employees feel valued and appreciated and part of the collective growth of the company


  3. completely frustrating and vague communication

    Current Employee - Typographer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Typographer in New York, NY

    I have been working at ESI Design

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    some people who work there have a good eye for design

    Cons

    i found it a very frustrating experience working for e.s.i. their communication was always very very vague to say the least. as a freelancer i need people to be clear when hiring me and i need clear direction to do the job. the last job i did for them i was emailed asking if i was available to work the next 7days to three weeks. i said yes i was, i then didn't hear from them again for three weeks. then when the job arrived they didn't really even know what they wanted me to design, they very seldom even take phone calls to discuss the design process, they seem to prefer texts and emails, which really isn't helpful when decisions could be made quicker on a phonecall. this has happened every time i have worked for them. at the end of the job payment was another issue, eventually i had an email saying they would pay me at the end of the week, after 10 days i wrote and asked why i hadn't been paid still.

    Advice to Management

    i would really work on your communication skills. you can't keep people who work freelance constantly waiting around to start jobs. you really need to work on helping people trying to do a good job for you time on the phone or in a meeting to discuss in detail decisions that need to be made for the job. OR if you don't give direction then get frustrated when you send a lot of work to them because decisions couldn't be made without said discussions. and finally when you say you are going to pay someone be very clear about when exactly they can expect payment, freelancers particularly need clarity in all aspects of the job. their time is very very valuable and if they don't work for you they could be working for someone else or at least networking.


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  5. Fun, experimental, but disorganized

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - The people here are talented and passionate about their work - Lunch hour gathers most of the employees to the kitchen every day - Up-to-date Mac Pro computers for most employees - Friday drinking and snacks in the kitchen

    Cons

    - You could spend months refining a project only to have it shot down by Ed and have to start again from square one. - Disorganized. There were projects where it felt like no one was in charge and we were all just floating in limbo. Some project managers were uninformed about how things are built which leads them to use incorrect terminology.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Thoroughly enjoy working here!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESI Design full-time

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

    Pros

    The people are great. Smart, considerate, and innovating. The projects are very unique and constantly challenging. Strong team morale over the years I've been here.

    Cons

    There's no real ladder to move up, but that also means you can focus on doing good work. Not being distracted by the next position.


  7. Great Experience Working at ESI. Terrific Culture and Environment.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESI Design full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    I worked at ESI for the past three years and found the people, work and environment to be truly stimulating. I was given the opportunity to work on awesome projects with some really smart people who understood how to cut through the clutter, make some noise and drive real value for our clients. Further, it was a great place to learn, mentor and grow. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Career progression can be limiting as it is a small company. Some exciting global projects yet would have liked to see more.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to expand and grow. Focus marketing efforts on more outbound activities.


  8. Helpful (5)

    Experiential Design Firm in need of a MAJOR rehaul

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    1) Apple shop 2) Nice Views from office 3) Office Candy Bowl 4) 2-3 decent trustworthy colleagues 5) 4 weeks vacation

    Cons

    1) Leadership team is filled with micro-managers who have been there FOREVER and think there way is the only way to get any job done 2) Leadership team stands in the hallways, bathroom, around the water cooler, in the pantry gossiping about employees making it very uncomfortable to work there 3) At least 5-6 rude, obnoxious, bitchy colleagues that have no clue what teamwork means 4) CIO and CEO is the same person - conflict of interest much? 5) ZERO investment in employee growth! Not one opportunity to grow your skill set 6) The Principal Designer, who is also the owner, has no idea how very little his leadership team actually invests in the organization. For a company with only 50 employees at any given time, the owner has no clue about how certain decisions about his employees are being made 7) The company has tried to grow over the last 5 years and have failed miserably year after year - yet they continue to make the same mistakes year in year out 8) Marketing team is a joke - ALL new work comes from the owner and his connections 9) Take a look at the website and see how outdated ESI really is! 10) Feedback process - HA! Go through one cycle and you will know exactly what that is meant.

    Advice to Management

    1) Hire a new leadership team - the one there is the cause of the company's stagnant state 2) Hire a real marketing team - the one there does not bring in any new business, anyone college grad can answer phone calls 3) Invest in technology to help manage things like payroll, benefits, resources 4) Don't hire people you do want to grow, it's unfair to everyone 5) Stop being so cheap and invest in celebrations OUT of the office 6) Evolve your current culture and values - hiring free lancers and letting go of people on a daily basis is NOT helpful to anyone 7) Hire a consultant to help identify why the company doesn't seem to grow year in year out


  9. Helpful (4)

    One man show

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at ESI Design

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    There is an interesting variety of bright people that work at the company.

    Cons

    The principal of the company runs all of the projects which is very frustrating for the designers and the design teams.

    Advice to Management

    Mix it up a little more,


  10. Very enriching, great people & projects

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at ESI Design

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very enriching, great people & projects.

    Cons

    Salary little less than other firms due to amount of non-profit clients.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Deeply Dysfunctional

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

    I worked at ESI Design

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Some very bright people there, and a handful of talented and nice ones. Intellectually stimulating environment - they invest in thought leadership. The projects are interesting - a niche area, but sadly most don't move past concept.

    Cons

    Infighting, politics and a long history of one man running the show have made it very difficult for this company to modernize and stay relevant. Too much talk, not enough action. Overly academic. Monoculture of people from ITP. Management very controlling. Principal designer has final say in all creative and undermines creative team, making their whole effort feel pointless and creative sub par. Teams must manage for him and for the client. Very difficult for an outsider to penetrate the culture. And a few really bitchy and toxic people poison the environment.

    Advice to Management

    Let your creative team take control and make decisions. Get rid of the toxic people. Cultivate new talent and then actually support them.



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