Esri

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Product Engineer at ESRI for 4 years

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Current Employee - Product Engineer in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Product Engineer in Seattle, WA

I have been working at Esri full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Good source for GIS training.
Southern California weather.

Cons

Management will bring the company down. It will take time, but it's going to happen. They lack experience and strongly encourage politics at all levels which ultimately hinders the companies performance.

The pay is very low for the computer industry. The benefits are average at best.

The company likes to claim it's a flat organization during the interview process. Do not fall for this tactic. It's a smoke and mirrors technique. The company is riddled with many layers of management. Another tactic during the interview process ESRI likes to use is offering an extremely vague job description. Be cautious about what position you are accepting.

Change within the organization from one group to another is near impossible.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Upper management just below Jack needs to seriously consider getting a hold of middle and lower management or at least communicating with them. The company will not survive in today's global market space, not with the other big companies now entering the online mapping community.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Look elsewhere. This place is a nightmare.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Esri full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great technology. If you love GIS.
    Nice people (peers)
    Beautiful campus

    Cons

    Pay absolutely sucks
    (long hours, no overtime rate, 30% below market avrage)
    Zero career growth
    (in fact you may seriously damage to your career if you stay too long)
    HR is actively hostile
    (I've never experienced anything like it - this management style is 100 years old. Fear and intimidation is how you motivate people?! Most of the employees just pray they don't receive a call from HR. Most get do by falling for one of the many traps HR sets such as questioning you about sites you visit even if you do so on your lunch break)
    Micromanagement
    (In fact I have to give Jack some credit here. He has brought micromanagement to an entirely new level, a level I never thought was possible in an organization of this size)

    Basically this is just another 3rd tier company. After having worked for some 1st and 2nd tier players I can honestly say I am really glad the ESRI experience is history.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Politics, Bad management, No career plan. Upper management is getting really old.

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Redlands, CA

    I have been working at Esri full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very interesting business. Flexible hours. Talented people. This is a great company for the first 5 years of your career after college.

    Cons

    Archaic management that favores politics. Mount people against each others. Directors behave like parents and treat employees like children. There is no career plan or career management. Managers have no management training. Creativity is going down. Managers steal ideas with no shame. Company culture is going down. Esri is privately owned with the owner/CEO getting close to 70. Key directors are over 60.
    People who are telling the emperor that is not naked are rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take management classes at Google, Microsoft or Amazon. Respect people and treat them like adults. Use positive motivation and not negative motivation. Create a titles and place people in career plans. Stop to surround yourselves with "yes" men. Revisit your benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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