Esri Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
227 Reviews
3.1
227 Reviews
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Esri President Jack Dangermond
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Provides a great work life balance (in 14 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 17 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Large employer in a small town

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, full family health care coverage paid (mediocre insurance though). If you are hired at your current ability level you will be paid at the low end of the wage range due to the company's geographic isolation from the competition. If you work for a decent manager your work life will be good and mostly easy, if not, he or she will have the power to make it unpleasant.

    Cons

    If you accept a position below your ability level, you will never catch up to even the low end of the wage range inspite of any education and experience you possess or gain. It is very difficult to move around in the company and there is no preference given to employees for open positions within the company. No career path and no support from HR to find one. They talk about it but nothing is actually done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to listen to those in the company who have vision. Too many of those at the top can't see beyond their own silos.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Programmer Support Analyst

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Great company, people are very friendly and helpful to achieve better carreer.

    Cons

    Compensation is low. not much to say.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Great place to start out and grow

    • 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

    Pros

    Very stable, autonomy but not too much (depends on the team)
    Friendly people who love maps and GIS and want to make the world better
    Comfy pay (for Redlands) and hourly scheduling with flextime is great

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for learning and growth, conservative raises

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    You would think that the global leader was better....you would be wrong.

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

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

    Pros

    - Flexible work hours (some people don't even come to work)
    - No risk of being fired
    - Zero accountability (you can be lazy and no one cares)
    - Free Healthcare (for however long that holds up)

    Cons

    - Trying to sell like Salesforce (except without the commission or incentives)
    - Lazy people everywhere (you would think you were working at a government)
    - Career growth is about zero
    - Pay raises are 2-4% at best (make sure you get a good starting salary)

    I'm thoroughly convinced that the positive reviews are someone from Esri putting them on here. If you notice only the interns think this place is awesome. Trust me, having Esri is great on your resume, but don't come here if you're looking for advancement and career growth. There are pretty open about not commissioning their sales staff; which ultimately is perfectly fine That being said, then don't try to model your drive and processes like Salesforce. The people that work there get rewarded handsomely for their efforts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find out how many of your old guard are abusing the system and clocking extra hours for time they aren't working. I bet you're losing a ton of money from time-card theft that you don't even realize.

    Jack, you're doing great. It's time to revisit most of the organization though.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Don't forget your koolaid

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

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, great work environment, many opportunities for technical growth

    Cons

    Politics, old-school salary determination process, low salary, need more time off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider increasing sick/personal time as well as vaca. Consider moving into the 21st century of software companies with things like sabbaticals, on-site daycare, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Relaxed work, no pressure environment... But lacks of promotions and motivations. Slow moving.

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

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

    Pros

    - Flexible schedule
    - Job stability
    - Paid by hours

    Esri is a company for family people. They are very flexible about work hours. If you kids need a doctor appointment just let your coworkers know you need to leave. When you will get home you can work remotely part of time. This is all because you get paid by hours worked.
    They send employees to conferences.

    Cons

    - Job stability
    - Lack of bonuses and motivation

    If you get hired in most cases you won't be fired. This is good if you are a good worker. But this is also works even if you are a bad worker. And this is a nightmare if you are a coworker of bad worker. There are people who are not performing well. This pulls entire team down. What is a fun to work intensively, deliver new product if a person in next office will is doing nothing for months and still will get the salary raise for the same 3-5% by end of year! And there is no way to fire such a person - he/she will be promoted and moved to another team. to another position... That is just unfair work.All this happens because such bad worker works with a team but reports to a manager who is no a part of a team, and could be in another city at all.

    There are no bonuses and almost no raise. You salary will be the same plus 3-5% per year. Well, this is almost guaranteed no matter how well / bad you will be working.

    There is no opportunity to grow - even move to another department / team is a big problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Fire your HR department and get new people there. They are not tracking individual performance, not asking for feedback from a team. They are not able to hire new people - positions remains open till Jack will kick them. You just need a new head of HR with real experience in software companies.

    - Build a strong hierarchy - managers should be a part of a team instead of staying aside, should be responsible for team success.

    - Provide bonuses for releasing products on time.

    - Increase horizontal mobility. If another team wants a developer for an interesting project I would like to be able to join the team. Current team manager should just receive 2 weeks notice - like if I would be leaving to another company.

    - Let developers choose what tools they need. It is just stupid when request of $30 software is declined but $2100 was spent to purchase product support which was never used.

    - Open a feedback line for employees. if there is an issue in a product then it is better if it will be reported by employee instead of being reported by a customer. If we will be able to provide feedback then our products will be better and better.

    - Your high management got professional experience at times of COM and desktop systems. Look around! It is web world now! Government customers are important but if you stuck and do not innovate / support new technologies because government sits on IE9 then company loose reputation! It doesn't make sense always reinvent the wheel where there are a lot of third-party products which could be used.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Overall, a great place to work

    • 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

    well paid, comfortable environment, nice city

    Cons

    Get pidgeon holed fast, unorganized, becoming for too high on itself

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revisit the ratio of MBAs to geographers you are hiring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A good company overall, good work environment

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Good work environment, flexible working hours

    Cons

    a little bit out of date

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Only the chosen few

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Esri full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work and software; good benefits, pretty campus

    Cons

    If you are not part of the click, life can be miserable and not chance to advance

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good technology direction, needs a few tweaks organizationally and this company will be around for a long time.

    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Great technology, great clients, a great place to make an impact on government, business and society. Wide range of very innovative software and very talented staff that should keep company very competitive for years to come.

    Cons

    Very flat company structure. Well known for little room for advancement and relocation, only after threat of leaving company. Some mid management can be vindictive and selfish, senior management needs to be a better example.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recent years mid and senior management have lost team focus. Teams at times do not work well together, management should be top down examples of team building and management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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