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About ESRI

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Product Engineer  in  Redlands, CA
Current Employee - Product Engineer in Redlands, CA

I have been working at Esri

Pros

Flexible work schedule.
Hardware, software resources provided to do your job.
Best place to work, from technical standpoint, if you are interested in GIS.

Cons

Growth depends on personal interest. ESRI will make limited effort in pushing you to do better. Managers get to attend all kinds of conferences, whether they really need to or not, but employees that actually use technology in day to day work are often ignored.
Horrible pay rates.
Upper level management oblivious to middle management's whims, partial behavior based on nationalities, mis-treatment of employees.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Need better middle level managers that have professional experience and know how to handle people, issues they face and don't treat people like machines. ESRI has managers who were originally programmers, are partial to people they themselves hire, even to people from certain regions of the world and like to focus on only 1 aspect of software development and ignore everything else. Many of them are unable to resolve people related issues and allow dissatisfaction to fester and at times, grow. Favoritism plays an important role if and when inter-personnel issues are resolved.

So, you seem oblivious to middle management's whims, partial behavior based on nationalities, mis-treatment of employees. Above is rampant in some teams, not all. Yet, no reason why you can't see this. There is no mechanism in place for employees to express dissatisfaction about middle management. if you do express yourself in this area, you risk getting fired or removed from important projects based on cooked up reasons.

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  1. 9 people found this helpful  

    Acting like a big company but still a mom & pop shop.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA

    I have been working at Esri

    Pros

    If you want to work at a place that allows you to "coast" then this is th place. ESRI is a good place for a technologist and a GIS person. If you enjoy developing custom software or products, this is the place. The place is filled with lifers who have been in very similar positions for a long long time which really says something about the company.

    Cons

    ESRI is refusing to grow up. Jack has surrounded himself with yes men/women. Jack's willingness to change and adapt with the times. Take the logo for example - it is so prehistoric. The company wants to go big time, but with the current senior management there isn't a way to get there. Not enough opportunities for talented business people. It is all about the technology and Jack's yes men/women. No career growth opportunities. No sales commissions, no bonuses. If you work very hard or you just coast, you get about the same recognition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together or lost talent. Grow up. Support your employees and embrace change. Can't continue to be Jack and Laura's little business with the number of employees and vision the company has to grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    How you gonna like working there, really depends on your manager and often whether he/she likes you.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Redlands, CA

    I have been working at Esri

    Pros

    Fun place to work if you love GIS or software development. The company's size and market penetration helps getting a lot of opportunities and feet in the doors. Some departments are more bleeding edge than others.
    Good 401K profit sharing

    Cons

    The company really likes to penny and dime their employees to a point where it probably costs the company more money in processes than the company saves. You rarely feel appreciated by the company. No bonuses, very rare (and cheap) company parties. Not much social life in general. Jack puts a big emphasis on equal opportunity for all employees, meaning you don't get any extra pats for doing an extra good job, because it's "unfair" to other employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop holding your staff and their work back with long processes, justifications, politics and CYAs.

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