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Esri Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
256 Reviews
3.2
256 Reviews
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Esri President Jack Dangermond
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Provides a great work life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • great benefits --- essentially free healthcare (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no career path - pick your life's work and you will be just fine (in 18 reviews)

  • No opportunity for career growth unless someone ahead of you retires or leaves the company (in 13 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Going in the wrong direction.

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

    I have been working at Esri full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits - medical, dental and vision. Decent 401K and paid holidays.
    There are still good, passionate people who want to make a difference working here.
    Paid by the hour, so if you work more, you get paid more.
    Most staff have individual offices which is nice.
    There is a great mix of cultures, folks from different countries.

    Cons

    Senior management has lost its way. CEO has lost touch with the staff especially software development. Software is lagging. People are afraid to confront the head of software development. Unable to bring in new creative programmers. Recently they demolished marketing. No one knows why. Lack of clear strategy and vision.
    Raises are small and even those who don’t work hard get raises. Difficult to move up unless you are part of the “boys club”
    Not great vacation benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what is best for the clients and staff not yourselves. Build and open environment in software so staff can contribute in a healthy way. Hire a strong HR team to support staff.

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

    Stay as far away as you can

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager/Consultant in Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager/Consultant in Redlands, CA

    I worked at Esri full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most people working here don't care, so if you have any motivation you can feel like you are getting things done. However, everything else about the company is so toxic that this benefit nets out to a zero or a negative.

    Cons

    Salary is well below industry and local area standards
    Raises are practically non-existent, and if you do get them they are often barely at the rate of inflation
    There is absolutely no path for advancement—you will rot in the job into which you were hired
    There is no employee development: yearly reviews and development plans are systematically ignored; training is practically non-existent, both internally and externally; there is practically no funding to participate in conferences or professional development events
    Management is both incompetent and abusive
    Campus atmosphere is stifling; it's a well-manicured cube-farm, but that doesn't make it any less of a cube-farm

    I could go on and on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Jack please wake up and make your company better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Good Benefits, company lacks leadership and direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Redlands, CA

    I have been working at Esri full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are phenomenal. Free medical, dental, vision for you and all dependents. PPO plan. Cafeteria is one of the best corporate cafeteria's I've seen. Corporate library is well stocked, campus is beautiful. Good if you need a paycheck with minimal effort and lots of free-time.

    Cons

    Corporate leadership is rapidly losing understanding of market changes and new technology challenges. Company paths with no risk and gets what they risked. Work force is not up to date with cutting edge technologies and gap is slowly growing. Workforce is not up to date with current technologies. Software development group in chaos - too few developers to meet customers changing needs. Ratio of women to men is high for a tech company, but ratio of women to men in management is nearly zero.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. They don't listen to outside advice.

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

    Don't let the interview fool you

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

    I have been working at Esri full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Library
    - Redlands can be cheap
    - Ok winter months
    - Good place to work if you can't find a job anywhere else

    Cons

    - Politics will determine your growth in the company and not your work ethic
    - No career path
    - Management is clueless on everything
    - Pay is VERY low for a software company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire management with experience in software

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 8 people found this helpful  

    A monstrous place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Esri full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good gym, free health insurance

    Cons

    Sick, fear-based culture, detached CEO, entitled and ruthless managers, no incentive to do good work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit. Let the people you've crushed for years take over and move the company forward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    Overall assessment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

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

    Pros

    Paid health insurance and some friendly co-workers although they take awhile to get to know.

    Cons

    Disjointed, controlling and uninspiring management. Pay way below standard given the pressure and expectations. Not much in the way of backslapping with this organization. Intimidation seems to be the management style to extract what they perceive is acceptable performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try listening to people. Try exuding some authentic enthusiasm. Stop burdening people with an obsessive compulsion to babysit a CRM tool.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Zero Growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Esri full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you want to be lazy and just coast by you'll fit right in with everyone else.

    Cons

    Incompetent, unqualified coworkers and zero chance for growth internally. No incentive for hard work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    This company is full of disappointment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Esri full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The pay structure used allows employee to make extra compensation when underpaid hourly they can make it up by working extra hours.

    Cons

    Poor Leadership. Very old school. Micromanage everything. no work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean out your senior leadership. They are sub-par across the board. I've never witnessed such poor senior management. Not a lot of faith in the leadership of any of the senior executives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    Be Prepared to Be Manipulated, Underpaid, and Silent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Follower of Esri's Orders in Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Follower of Esri's Orders in Redlands, CA

    I worked at Esri full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    GIS. Paid Healthcare. Casual.

    Cons

    Many benefits are held. Yours, but not yours. "Unique environment" is code for : Even the sales people moonlight to pay their bills to get ahead while working for a billionaire who underpays them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wise up. HR has serious anger and control issues. Management should smile once in awhile. The reputation of the company proceeded us. That "used to be" a good thing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    You have been forewarned

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Redlands, CA

    I have been working at Esri full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Access to GIS resources. 70 miles from the coast.

    Cons

    Very low salary. Poor management. No opportunity for career growth unless someone ahead of you retires or leaves the company. Did I say low salary? Deadlands. I mean Redlands. Dying company. More politics than you can ever imagine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave. Hire experienced managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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