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14 people found this helpful  

Excellent post-college GIS training for free. Poor career prospects. Fear HR.

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Former Employee - Sales Representative in Redlands, CA
Former Employee - Sales Representative in Redlands, CA

I worked at Esri

Pros

Esri truly has a beautiful campus. It was very refreshing to walk around all of the exotic trees and landscapes. This definitely added value to my daily routine. The company is located in Redlands which for a small town isn't that bad. Esri is the largest employer there. If you like to feel privileged then the effect of Esri being in Redlands lends to a "big fish in a little pond" kind of ego-boost for most Esri employees. If you're into that kind of thing then you'll enjoy working for Esri in Redlands as opposed to Esri in a remote office, where nobody local cares if you work for Esri or not.

If you are a GIS enthusiast, working for Esri gives you a new perspective (vendor centric) on the whole industry that you won't get elsewhere. There are some great Esri internal presentations that occur periodically that aren't available to the public. You'll get to hear presentations before they go onto the big stages. It feels good knowing what's on the cutting edge of Esri technology and whats likely to happen next in the industry. Lots of free training available if you like tinkering with the technology.

If you're a kool-aid drinker and thing that GIS will save the world then you will fit right in.

Cons

Low pay and poor benefits. Low 401k matching. Most kids out of college don't know what "good benefits" are. Esri hires a lot of recent graduates to keep up with their high turnover. At Esri, you'll notice a trend in employees. Usually you're either (A) a veteran who has been there forever or (B) a relatively new hire with less than 4 years at the company. Coincidentally, after 4 years your 401k is vested. I suspect that employees get "pushed out" just before that time and then replaced by a recent college graduate.

HR. Don't even get me started. An event occurred a few years ago when the markets went sour. Esri hired new HR management to "make things more efficient". Instead being upfront and laying people off, they began finding extremely petty reasons to cite people for rule violations. Internet usage, phone usage, dress code, rules that nobody knew existed, etc. The result was that a lot of people got fired or were forced to resign. This event set a tone for how HR works at the company and has persisted until today. Backstabbing occurs at Esri when someone finds a way to build a case against you with HR, who will undoubtedly make your working life hellish. For example, you may be forced to attend an hour-long meeting with HR every other Monday to do performance reviews for the duration of 6-8 months. In these meetings, they will have all of your email correspondence printed and will review it with you, looking for ways to take your written word out of context and perpetuate their case against you. During this time your manager will tell you that HR has blocked your annual raise.

They advertise a "flat management style" as a benefit. This is Esri's way of saying "once you're hired we won't pay you more money for position moves later in your career". Esri's biggest expense are salaries for their employees. They will fight you tooth and nail to keep your salary as low as possible. In actuality, the flat management style is just a myth. Esri is riddled with all different layers of management and bureaucracies once you cut through the smoke.

The company isn't doing anything new anymore. Nothing revolutionary has happened since ArcView 3.x and they're still milking the GIS desktop cow. Esri server software and enterprise solutions are just bandwagon products that they had to create to remain relevant. The lack of recent product innovation has led to a penny-pinching culture where someone's cost-cutting initiatives are more valuable than innovative product engineering that should be taking place instead.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

There is so much potential at Esri.Throttle HR down a bit. Make it feel less like a corporate meat grinder and people may actually stay longer than 2 years.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    I loved my work there, but wasnt happy with the new Management in the department

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA

    I worked at Esri

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Very flexible
    Good Culture overall

    Cons

    Events marketing management sucks since it changed in 2009
    Hardly any employee is happy at the events team
    People just sticking either thy live local or want to gain experience and change companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs some transparency

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    A great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA

    I worked at Esri

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Great people
    Intellectually stimulating
    Socially and environmentally responsible company
    Pays well

    Cons

    Too political
    Some upper managers appear to have no management experience and use intimidation tactics; lack trust in their employees
    No room for growth
    Skeptical of non-GIS and/or younger personnel
    Micromanaging owners
    HR is a blackhole

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the bad managers

    No opinion of CEO
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