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6 people found this helpful  

Fair assessment

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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 hours. Pay is hourly, so you're paid for what you work. Employees in most groups have individual offices. Technical support went to pods just last year. Most development teams allow members a lot of leeway in how to do the work.

Cons

Some managers / HR appear to overreact. Possibly due to some bad apples previously, but give us the benefit of a doubt. Some managers play favorites, whether they realize it or not, which is unfair to all concerned. "Policies" are haphazardly followed. It's all in who you work for or know.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Have a real "anonymous" suggestion box. Yes, we know you can track us back. Managers: take a good hard look at whether you treat team members differently: based on education, age, looks, citizenship, etc.

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great in some areas, lacking in others

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

    I have been working at Esri

    Pros

    At Esri you work with a lot of very smart people at all levels, and generally the "power distance" between management and employees is quite small. I think many employees overlook the value of their medical benefits. We pay for our co-pays and deductibles as is standard with all plans, but we do not pay for our insurance. Most companies require the employee to kick in something per paycheck. And the coverage is generous.

    Esri is a great place to grow laterally, but with a flat heirarchy there is little "upward" movement to a career. If you are a promising employee, you will be given more responsibility over time and will feel and upward trajectory as your influence grows.

    Other reviewers have alluded to duplication of effort within the company, but that is part of its deliberate design. Jack wanted a marketplace of ideas similar to what you might find in an academic setting. This sometimes leads to friction as two groups attempt to reach a similar goal, but the point is for the best idea, the best approach, to come out of this creative conflict. It may not make us comfortable, but the success of the company sure validates this method.

    Cons

    Most people at Esri haven't a clue as to how to provide feedback either to each other or to their employees. Managers dread the review process and try to get through it with as little "drag" on their daily work as possible. It is not seen as an opportunity to help employees grow. Most managers believe that employees already "know" what their problems are and that those employees deliberately choose to continue with whatever behavior is undesirable. It never occurs to managers to be honest yet constructive in telling an employee what he or she should improve.

    Management itself is not seen as a worthy way to spend the day. Middle managers are expected to spend their 75% of their day on "real" work and no more than 25% on "management." Their workloads can be crushing as a result. Directors (top level management) work just as hard, however. No one at a high level in the company is coasting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lack of career growth is perennially given is the #1 source of dissatisfaction for Esri. This is reflected in the feedback on this site. I don't think I can add more than that.

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  2. 14 people found this helpful  

    This is no longer the place where people wish to work

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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

    Relaxed work dress
    Work with very knowledgeable people on a daily basis

    Cons

    After 12+ years working at ESRI, the mindset, attitudes, and general work atmosphere have shifted away from working successfully alongside some very intelligent people to always "looking out for number 1." Personally, I think a lot of this shift has come from the changes made within management and HR. HR has most people running paranoid that there every move is being monitored whereas management has no real say over this or how issues are handled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step up and quit letting HR rule how you do your job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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