ESI Design
2.8 of 5 10 reviews
esidesign.com New York, NY 50 to 149 Employees

ESI Design Reviews

Updated Mar 11, 2014
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Edwin Schlossberg

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40% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Thoroughly enjoy working here!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThere'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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The job was not what I signed up for.

    Freelance Motion Graphic Designer (Former Employee)

    Pros- Regular hours
    -friendly staff
    -quiet cubicle space
    - pays on time

    ConsLots of dry design work that was non-motion graphic related:
    -presentations
    -photo retouching
    -production work
    - Unorganized in the project development

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen hiring someone please be more up front about the type of work that will be given. What I was hired for wasn't what I wound up doing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Experience Working at ESI. Terrific Culture and Environment.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to expand and grow. Focus marketing efforts on more outbound activities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Experiential Design Firm in need of a MAJOR rehaul

    (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros1) Apple shop
    2) Nice Views from office
    3) Office Candy Bowl
    4) 2-3 decent trustworthy colleagues
    5) 4 weeks vacation

    Cons1) 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 Senior Management1) 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Words cannot begin to describe the atmosphere and lack of professionalism.

    (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsNone that I can say is out of the ordinary. The very few are things that most companies this size offer anyway.

    ConsThe number of epically ignorant people working in this environment is jaw dropping. I mean just shocking. What decade or century for that matter is this? An earlier post about an overall intelligent staff is beyond laughable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRegarding two or three managers there, seriously, seek professional help. Possibly even a team of mental health professionals. Either that or the owner should just start from scratch and get some new, hip and more current thinking managers to replace them. Ones that at least mentally live in the 21st century, if not the current decade.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    One man show

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementMix it up a little more,

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very enriching, great people & projects

    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsVery enriching, great people & projects.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Deeply Dysfunctional

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSome 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Out of date and unlikely to change

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros- Nice friendly people
    - Good "office hours" (officially a 35 hour work week, but it often gets stretched)
    - Generous vacation and benefits

    Cons- Owner/Principal is the chief designer. Everyone works to carry out his vision on every project.
    - Relationsip with clients is not collaborative - instead owner/principle tells them what they should want.
    - Because of owner/principal, staff doesn't push to make work great. It causes a strange passive environment. As a result, work is ordinary and boring.
    - Work is to concept oriented - as a result it's all thinking and no actual designing.
    - Frequent reshuffling and turnover. So there's an old/static/boring group and a young/new/frustrated set.
    - Mythology of owner/principal, his marriage, and his social world reduces all staff to "a bench" that works for him.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShake things up. Remove owner/principal from projects - use him only for biz dev and then get him out of the way.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Relaxed work environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPeople were smart and friendly.

    ConsNeed new blood working there. A lot of their staff have been there for a long time and it shows in the work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to be more organized and communicative.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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