Esri Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
231 Reviews

3.0
231 Reviews
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Esri President Jack Dangermond
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169 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance, benefits, the employees, the campus (in 13 reviews)

  • Great benefits and time of for new parents (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no career path - pick your life's work and you will be just fine (in 15 reviews)

  • No opportunity for career growth unless someone ahead of you retires or leaves the company (in 12 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not a Bad Place To Work

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

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

    Pros

    -Flexible work schedule
    -Nice people
    -Good Benefits

    Cons

    -Pay is not up to industry standard
    -No pay scales – you can take a promotion that requires much more responsibility and have no idea how much of a raise you will get… if any.
    -Takes forever to get anything done – lot of “red tape”
    -The company is privately owned, but COMPLETELY ran by HR
    -Very, very minimal pay increases each year…. Almost insulting.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    You get what you make of it.

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

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

    Pros

    Esri is a big company that enjoys the benefits and suffers the pitfalls of much smaller enterprises. If you're an ambitious person who is eager to embrace opportunities not in your job description, it can be a great environment. Esri is a global company and has a lot of holes that can be filled by people with ideas and ability to present their case well. Health benefits are pretty good, and management on the software products side tend to be relatively more flexible than other teams.

    Cons

    Compensation tends to run around the low-end of the spectrum for nearly every position. Certain management groups can be bizarrely click-ish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff teams sufficiently so that projects can be completed on time. This will allow programmers to embrace collaborative attitudes and give them the time to update their skill sets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Esri

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

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

    Pros

    Family first company. Very nice place to work

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say about the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person 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 for 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
  6. 1 person 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 for 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
  7. 3 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 for 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
  8. 4 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 for 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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lure you in with the great (physical) environment - but no growth opportunities once you are there

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

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

    Pros

    Esri's main campus in Redlands has a casual atmosphere and relaxed dress code. flexible schedule. stable employment. good benefits (medical, vision, profit sharing, 401K and matching). lots of trees and outside space.

    Cons

    There are no opportunities for advancement, lots of office politics. Plan to stay in the same position you were hired for, it is extremely difficult to get a transfer. Management is weak.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Company, different experiences depending on which division you are in

    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Low stress: you work as much or as little as you want (within reasonable limits)
    - Stability. Esri has not had any layoffs. Ever.
    - Jack's vision. People actually believe in it.

    Cons

    - Not the sharpest tech people
    - Salaries are on the low side compared to large tech companies
    - Not much vertical or horizontal mobility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Don't be complacent. Esri is not successful just because it is the best at what it does. It's the best because of a huge first to market advantage and humongous barriers to entry.
    This means that in many instances, the technology sucks compared to competition, but Esri still wins the deal. It is a dangerous long term strategy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work, given the location

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

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

    Pros

    Health care for the entire family is paid by the company. Not the best plan, but adequate. Dental plan is also included but is terrible. If you are self-directed and experienced at hire, you can make a good niche for yourself.

    Cons

    No career path and management is not motivated to cultivate the best. Very little chance to move around the company on your own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to see who is actually doing the productive work and support them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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