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ESI International Reviews

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
53 Reviews

2.5
53 Reviews
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ESI International President and CEO John Elsey
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Extremely laid back office, excellent work life balance consideration (in 3 reviews)

  • Good people, nice atmosphere, great office location in Ballston (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Non-existent career progression resulting in mid/senior-management glut of people with unprogressive business mindsets (in 4 reviews)

  • Most of the old senior leadership is gone now (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Exciting times ahead

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, collegial atmosphere, amazing brand equity in the market place. This company has been around for over 30 years and has established a strong brand in their particular niche. They continue to invest in innovative services and products with a lot of great stuff coming down the pike.

    Cons

    In the midst of organziational transformation, work load/staff size. Recent acquisition by VC firm as caused us to reevaluate our strategy and fit with the market place. A lot of exciting things on the horizon, but in the transitional period, there are some growing pains.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    May want to evaluate fresh blood joining the senior levels of management to bring in new perspectives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wasted my time

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

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers and free coffee via keurig machine. Free classes too if you have time.

    Cons

    -low pay
    -benefits are not competitive
    -not much room for career growth despite what they will tell in the interview
    -bad management all around
    -CEO is not very competent in motivating employees
    -no perks
    -no work culture
    -very boring place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you restructure to lay off people, start looking at the management team first. It might be easy to blame the entry level employees for lack of sales/revenue, but essentially they only do as told.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Time to clean house

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

    Pros

    People are great, recently acquired by a holding company with the intentions of merging ESI into a larger company. Free classes for employees if you have the time to take them.

    Cons

    Employees are under utilized, and under valued. Management does not know how to make the company more competitive. Efforts to "modernize" are misguided. Misguided spending on resources. Benefits are sub-par. No upward mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more loyalty to your employees, and that loyalty will be returned. Identify your competitors, and build your strategy around competing with them rather than chasing "fads". Parent company may need to jump in and clean house.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of care from management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Training Coordinator  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Training Coordinator in Arlington, VA

    Pros

    Paid time off for those who become tenured. Perks of taking free classes when your manager allows it. Health benefits are nice.

    Cons

    Terrible pay
    Micro-managing
    Upper Management does not know anything about operations
    Company holds onto Queens that don't do anything
    Growth potential is Non-Existent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about where you're employees can move up. Set a good example for leadership; complacency is not a good trait. Stop promoting office gossip.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not many positives

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editor  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Editor in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Not really many pros, honestly. I guess...there's a Keurig in the kitchen.

    Cons

    The company has been bought and sold several times over. Not surprising given the lack of knowledge in the industry. No interest in innovation, culture, talent, integrity, etc. Not a leader in the industry, and it's easy to see why from the top down. Very high turnover for a reason. This is literally the office from the Dilbert cartoons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider a complete restructure starting from the top or else just sell the intellectual property for what you can get for it and move on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great if you're a graduate, a waste of time otherwise.

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

    Pros

    You meet some really great people.

    Cons

    There is no innovation, creativity, the environment stifles talent, and there is no reason to even suggest anything new. Don't go in with any long term plans/ideas or you'll come out jaded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually learn what your team does and help push some change, then again I was also warned about being jaded over time by management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Annual layoffs, Has-been products

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

    Pros

    Nice offices, great location, um....well...

    Cons

    "Leaders" who don't, instructors who are stuck in 20 years ago. Long term employees are bitter and gossipy. Products are kitchky and out-dated. Doing instructional design here is either an absurdly complicated process or sloppy and rush for a course customization. Managers cull the herd once or twice a year, tending to let go newer people and those over 40 who have not been there an eternity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk less, listen more, lead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    not great, but its a good start

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Representative
    Former Employee - Account Representative

    Pros

    free training when they let you take it, close to metro, genuinely good team, great way to start sales career, great holiday party

    Cons

    alot of gossip, cut throat in some ways. unkept promises. definitely high turnover in sales. no sense of culture. very boring during the day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    engage more with the employees. after all they are the ones who make the company possible. the more you ignore good talent, the easier it is for them to leave you for a company who actually cares.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Inflexible and old school

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Arlington, VA

    Pros

    Free training but limited time to take advantage of it unfortunately not a lot of other positives.

    Cons

    This company is old school - flexible working environments is non existent. They do not value creativity. Senior management? Not sure how they stay. It is more a stop gap instead of a step on employment ladder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible less arrogant nothing you are doing is that impressive,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good people, poor motivation

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

    Pros

    There isn't a great deal of micro-managing. This depends heavily on your manager though. Good location, lots of lunch spots in the area, and most of the employees here are nice.

    Cons

    Everyone is nice, but I wouldn't exactly call it a family atmosphere. I can not even count on one hand how many people are legitimately looking out for my career here. Direct management is good, but when you get to that next level it can cause problems getting anywhere.

    The inability to change the culture here has driven out several folks over the years. There are no extra perks. For example, some companies will have those little things that make a big difference to increase socializing in the office and employee satisfaction like break rooms, game tables, or even free bagels or some type of food once in a while, whether it be a reward or just a nice non-monetary bonus. You won't find that here, and you won't find many people who want to talk to anyone else. Everyone is in drone mode most of the time, so it can kill motivation.

    This company also lacks any solid personal growth chart for promotions. You get the job you started with, and unless you want to change positions entirely, you are pretty much stuck there with the same position and salary. There is no growth into management roles. Fifty perfect of raises depend on company goals, which are rarely hit, so you can't count on those.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider why turnover rate is high. It can more then just salary. Build a lifestyle here, not just a mundane job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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