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everyone and their mother is a 'manager' here

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

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

Pros

location in so cal is nice, great colleagues to work with, great ideas, GIS industry leader

Cons

focus is on prepping for its annual conference in San Diego and Palm Springs, planning, only dev is working!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

you hired the best, now let them do their jobs please! Get rid of the annual review process, it truly is a joke, provide better compensation for those doing the work: the top 20% performers should be rewarded as such! the next 50% doing as their told should be retained and please get rid of the remaining 30% not doing sh&&&W#t!

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  1. 12 people found this helpful

    Turn the other direction

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Esri

    Pros

    You first. I'm tapped out.

    Cons

    Think of Disneyland, the happiest place on Earth. Now think of the opposite of Disneyland, the unhappiest place on Earth. That's Esri. Employees, embittered by bad pay, a poisonous and unsupportive work environment, managers who are waiting for them to fail, an absence of any communication, and no yearly bonus at all, want out. Search elsewhere. You don't want to work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign, repent.

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  2. 14 people found this helpful

    Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA

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

    Pros

    "Moderately better than unemployment" - was the title of another fine review on this website and it applies here. The company has running water most of the time. They also have AC and heating on special occasions - AC to celebrate the first day of winter and heating for the first day of summer. Plenty of opportunities to spend what little money you make on grossly over-priced food in the cafe. You can play with the feral cats on your way to and from your car.

    Cons

    This is not a business anymore. It is an academic "Think Tank" full of arrogant, self-centered managers who consider themselves the guardians of the planet. Sure, they are making money (that you as a common worker bee will never see) because they continue to upsell useless add-ons and services to their huge clients - who by the way are required to use only ESRI software and services because of the very restrictive contracts they were foolish enough to sign. But wait, it gets worse!

    The management level (particularly in the Marketing division) and the Corporate Administrative Services department warrant special attention. They're useless - gone (I wish)! I struggle to find words that adequately reflect how bad it is to come into contact with either of these two groups. Imagine touching the world's hottest stove. Now, imagine two of these stoves - one on each side and you are caught in the middle. Now, imagine these stoves converging to squeeze the life out of you. Got the picture? Then welcome to ESRI - abandon all hope.

    Seriously, if you are considering a job at this company - please reconsider. There is no structure here. If they give you a job spec - it is just a formality. You will have to do whatever they tell you - even if you aren't trained to do it. And you better do it well - or else you get an unwanted tour of the Corporate Administrative Services gulag.

    The ever-present deception starts at the interview. You will hear promises of good pay, flexible schedule, work-life balance, collaboration with colleagues, friendly work environment, etc, etc. ESRI is none of these things. There is an annual review process which is nothing more than a caning session for your morale. Don't believe me? Ask any worker bee whose gone through it more than once. And while your morale evaporates over the years, so will your savings account. It actually will cost you money to work at ESRI. The range of annual merit increases (the rest of humanity calls these raises) that you will be subject to is 0% to 5%. This is the party line, but actually it's more like 0% to 3%. So, if by some miracle you don't do anything all year (and well into the following year) to offend your department manager or direct supervisor (which is, by the way, impossible) you'll probably get a 3%. Since this is lower than the current Cost of Living Index, you actually just lost money working all year. Congrats!!

    I know several ESRI employees that have had to take second jobs to make ends meet. Remember: if what you hear about this company sounds too good to be true - that's a big red flag you need to take notice of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Karma will catch up with all of you.

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