ESI International

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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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32 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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 for more than a 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
  2.  

    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 for less than a 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
  3.  

    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

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  5.  

    Commitment to excellence

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Salesperson
    Former Employee - Salesperson

    I worked at ESI International full-time for 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
  6.  

    Good company, Poor leadership

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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
  7.  

    Fantastic company. Great leadership.

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    Former Employee - Accounting  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Accounting in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    People are considered important. Salaries competitive and benefits excellent. Nice physical environment and great co-workers. Hiring from within gave many people opportunities to advance.

    Cons

    Human resources department below par. Perhaps the new HR head has improved the dept.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your people in the forefront and they will do their very best for the company.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Curriculum Manager

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    Current Employee - Curriculum Manager  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Curriculum Manager in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at ESI International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great place to gain experience both as an instructional designer and with various industries.

    Cons

    These folks are stuck in 20 years ago. Long term employees are mean girls. Leadership thinks they are creative, but they are unimaginative and stuck in the DC bubble. They need to get a real global perspective. Layoffs are an annual event, so watch out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create loyalty, stop get enamored with the latest tech fads, see what stlicks and work with it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    "Better and Different"...more like "Same old Same old"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I worked at ESI International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free project management training, nice benefits including a $100 a month public transit benefit.

    Cons

    - Zero potential for advancement.

    - The senior leadership is always looking for a scapegoat for their failing performance and lack of creativity (depending on what business unit you are in, it's the sales or marketing functions taking the blame).

    - Sales and marketing teams are overworked and underpaid.

    - The professional culture is very reminiscent of high school. If you aren't one of the cool kids be prepared to have your hard work overlooked and your ideas pretty much constantly stolen and credited to others.

    - There are constant shifts in the organizational structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the dinosaurs who sit in their offices and twiddle their thumbs trying to figure out a way to make it appear as if they are working...and hire proactive, innovative leadership. Otherwise, continue to watch the revolving door of talented employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to gain experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at ESI International full-time

    Pros

    flexible work hours, easy to gain experience is you are new to the industry

    Cons

    inefficient work environment and organizational structure, no guidance for employees on how to be better in what they do, people stick to their own groups

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be open to other's ideas. think in terms of the company and not individual or group success

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    great company

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    Current Employee - Sales Executive  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at ESI International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    company culture is very family freindly

    Cons

    family owned so some benefits are not available

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    add bonus plans

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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