ESI International

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ESI International Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
59 Reviews
2.4
59 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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

  • Free classes for employees if you have the time to take them (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Non-existent career progression resulting in mid/senior-management glut of people with unprogressive business mindsets (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not many positives

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

    I worked at ESI International full-time (more than an year)

    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESI International full-time

    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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    not great, but its a good start

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    Former Employee - Account Representative
    Former Employee - Account Representative

    I worked at ESI International full-time (more than an year)

    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
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Inflexible and old school

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Arlington, VA

    I worked at ESI International full-time (more than 5 years)

    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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good people, poor motivation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESI International full-time

    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
  7.  

    An ok company to kick start your career right off college

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at ESI International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The compensations and benefits are great.

    Cons

    Salary is a little on the low end compared to other corporate training companies. It is also very sale-driven. Getting fired is not uncommon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many communication gaps. Stop blaming others or point fingers. Own up your mistake and we will respect you more for being human that makes mistakes.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    I worked here and it was not a bad place

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at ESI International as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The culture of the place changed especially when a lawyer was acting in the capacity of HR.

    Cons

    There were quite a few, but with the recent acquisition, we are hoping for the best

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A good starter for recent grads

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESI International

    Pros

    great training
    friendly atmosphere
    ok benefits
    ok pay

    Cons

    lack of career advancement
    high sales expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more understanding to your employees. you will lose alot of great talent with your high sales expectations

  10.  

    Commitment to excellence

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Salesperson
    Former Employee - Salesperson

    I worked at ESI International full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Project management training industry leader with top-notch instructors and curriculum.

    Cons

    Training industry as a whole is trying to find relevance with business decision-makers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Innovate or die

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company, Poor leadership

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESI International full-time

    Pros

    You can make decent money in sales at ESI if you have the right skills and the right territory.

    Cons

    The leadership here is misguided and isn't interested in listening to client facing employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your sales reps.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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