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Great place for the end of one's career

Applications Programmer (Former Employee) Redlands, CA

ProsExcellent benefits - Healthcare almost 100% covered for worker and family. Flex time.
Very stable
Paid overtime for "salary" workers

ConsVery limited career growth possibilities - This is a largely flat corporate hierarchy. Everyone below director level is mostly equal. Titles and authority are not career based. Reorganizations in IT are frequent and people are moved up and down the structure arbitrarily.
Success is based on seniority, not merit - ESRI is not a meritocracy. One's influence is related to the amount of time spent working there, or who you know. Success and experience are secondary to long-term personal relationships.
No technological growth - ESRI uses very outdated technologies and is very skeptical to adopt anything new. New technologies threaten the comfort level of long term employees. Since seniority matters more than experience, any new technologies require serious uphill battles. An employee willing to make that case often ends up ostracized for threatening long term employees' positions.
Employee monitoring by fellow employees - Employees are encouraged, and sometimes rewarded, for monitoring fellow employees and reporting activity to management.
Old Guard of GIS - ESRI is successful for being the first and largest company in GIS. However, they are a desktop focused software product. They have failed to keep technologically relevant as companies like Google are rising to challenge them.
Siloed Divisions - Individual divisions function in silos and directors regularly compete/challenge each other for the pool of resources. It is not uncommon to have different groups all doing the same thing but different ways. There is very little cooperation between business units.
Lower pay - Expect salaries to stay below market price since you are compensated for overtime. The unspoken rule is that 45 hours/week is expected and brings your take home more closely aligned with market price. However, since there is no structure, there is no way to raise one's salary beyond 3-6%(-ish) a year for your entire career at ESRI.
Paid overtime for salary workers - There is no leniency in time spent since all time is billable to the company. During orientation, you are told to remember to clock out for the 5-10 minute walk to get food from the cafeteria and back. That 10 minute period is personal time and is expected to be considered as such. For a contractor or hourly worker, this is not uncommon. However, a salary employee may find it challenging.

Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a structure where seniority is secondary to experience and merit. Reduce the influence of long term employees who have very limited interest in growing outside of outdated business models. Bring on upper management that has experience in the online marketplace.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It's a refreshing place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    I have been working at Esri

    Pros: Benefits. Profit sharing. Campus in redlands is beautiful.… Cons: Not a lot of room for advancement because it's a flat organization. Corporate is… Advice to Senior Management: Trust employees. your employees to do what is right. … – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    3 people found this helpful  

    Contractors Beware

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Redlands, CA

    I worked at Esri as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros: At the team level you will work with talented, smart, and motivated folks that care about their career… Cons: Recruiters and HR will change policies and will get rid of contractors that ask too many questions. I would suggest anyone that is working… Advice to Senior Management: Jack, if you care about the teams at Esri and the people who really want to work there, fix the HR department and the… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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