Esri Reviews

Updated August 18, 2015
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Pros
  • Provides a great work life balance (in 15 reviews)

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

Cons
  • No career path and no support from HR to find one (in 18 reviews)

  • very limited personal career growth (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (9)

    Great organization with smart people.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Employee in Redlands, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. The campus is beautiful and we have pretty good IT equipment. The holidays are good. Love the fact we get MLK day off. Not many companies recognize this as a holiday. Profit sharing is awesome. Change to vesting as schedule is nice for 401k and profit sharing. You are fully vested after 3 years used to 7 years which was ridiculous. Nice to see corporate can make some tough decisions and get rid of dead weight like in HR and Marketing. Hope there can be more decisions done in the future.

    Cons

    Wish we had more sick time. We only get 5 days. 2 weeks would be nice. Communication is getting better but needs to improve. Corporate is too involved in daily things like promotions and some hiring decisions so things slow down because of this. Career path is ok. You have to make your own. Would be nice if there was a budget for employee recognition activities. A lot of managers have to pay for this out of their own pockets. I feel bad as Esri isn't to competitive salary wise but if you have a good manager they recognize the importance and they do it. But would be nice if the company had a budget for this. Merit increases are low. Expect 3% - 4%. To get large pay increases you have to get promoted or threaten to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Trust managers and employees.

    Esri Response

    May 18, 2015 – Human Resources

    Thank you for recognizing our efforts towards improving communication and we will continue to work on this companywide. We are happy to hear your hard work is being recognized, and we're working ... More


  2. Helpful (3)

    Not for young software engineer professional

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Redlands, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Esri full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cheap city, relatively safe neighbourhood, no traffic jam

    Cons

    Zero Growth, your coworker would be way less smart and less productive than those you will find in Bay Area, you will learn things slower since their code quality and project management are even worse than most of mainstream open source projects. Low paid, you can find a company that pays you six figures in Orange County or double your current salary if you move to bay area, I know they are expensive but paying half of what others would offer is definitly underpay

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with the current growth of IT industry, make some real progress


  3. Helpful (3)

    No career opportunities.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learning GIS is by far the only pro of working at Esri.

    Cons

    Absolutely no attempt is made by management or HR to further any type of career advancement. Training is routinely denied. Any attempts to transfer to other departments will be denied. HR will always side with managers who have been there for decades despite the fact that they are liars. Management lying and manipulating is completely acceptable.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the liars! You know who they are.


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  5. Personnel

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well intentioned people. Hard working personnel

    Cons

    Muscle memory New methods are difficult, as with any company

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course


  6. Great Company to work for!!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Esri full-time

    Pros

    Very friendly environment. Easy to fit in. The benefits are amazing and you can really learn a lot from your peers. Love it here!!

    Cons

    not very way to move up in the company. Company is structured very lateral which makes your position feel stagnant.

    Advice to Management

    management is great. My manager is always taking feedback and pushing us to our max potential. Great leadership in this company!


  7. Helpful (2)

    Esri Education Services

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructor in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Instructor in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, privately held, culture and values

    Cons

    No option to work from home, lack of communication, very slow to react

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better, be more flexible


  8. Helpful (2)

    Great Atmosphere

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, on site café, benefits plans are awesome, casual dress code, landscape is gorgeous, friendly employees, 401(k) matching is pretty good, management is approachable and open.

    Cons

    Pay isn't comparable to similar positions elsewhere, position titles don't fit job functions, administrative positions are paid less/valued less than technical positions, no annual company functions, vacation time could be higher (2 weeks or 10 days from years 2-5)

    Advice to Management

    Raises should be based on performance (30 cents to administrative roles is deflating), more company wide events/programs for company involvement, increase communication and vacation time- work load should match job title.


  9. Helpful (3)

    At esri since 2000

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Esri full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours. Great paid benefits.

    Cons

    Long hours, weekend and night work hours expected.

    Advice to Management

    Strive to promote from within more often


  10. Helpful (3)

    Nice place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging environment Plenty of smart people around Get to work on products being used around the world Good benefits

    Cons

    No career growth unless you chart your own course. Very low pay rises even after being recognized as doing an excellent job.

    Advice to Management

    Please reward and encourage/promote your best employees. Have more training options.

    Esri Response

    Aug 12, 2015

    We encourage our employees to be creative and flexible in their growth here and would absolutely like to have more training options to support this - please let us know what specifically you would ... More


  11. Helpful (2)

    Big company benefits, small company feel.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Esri full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Trendy multi-cultural and multi-generational environment, best health care plan, flexible, family oriented, gym and Starbucks on site, comfy chairs.

    Cons

    It takes a long time to make a decision, some people have been there too long and reluctant to change, no team-building activities, very "clicky", everything is treated as "top secret"

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent across all levels and you'll gain trust



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