Esri Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. 4 people found this helpful

    Applications developer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good starter company. Laid back work environment. 401k. Dental and Vision.

    Cons

    No vertical growth. Terrible pay. No stock options.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Esri Response

    Jan 16, 2015Human Resources

    Thank you for your feedback. Even though Esri is a flat organization, employees have many opportunities to take on new projects and increased responsibility. If you feel this is not available to you ... More

  2. 1 person found this helpful

    C# developer

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    Current Employee - C# Applications Developer in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - C# Applications Developer in Redlands, CA

    I have been working at Esri

    Pros

    Good job for beginners, very quiet and comfortable. big stable company.

    Cons

    Low salary, lack of evolution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay a bit more to employees

  3. 3 people found this helpful

    Contractors Beware

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Esri

    Pros

    Cafe on site, Pretty Campus, Good Benefits (if you're fulltime)

    Cons

    Terrible managment
    Politics here are more important than actually doing your job
    Contractors here are treated like they are dispensible and you are lucky if they "convert" you to full time. (Which rarely happens)
    Interview process took 3 months and it makes no sense why
    Told I was a great employee but then let go on final day of my contract

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employees that actually want to do a good job not those who play politics and do the least amount possible

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Esri Response

    Jan 15, 2015Human Resources

    We appreciate your feedback. We typically utilize contractors on a short-term basis to meet specific project timelines. Depending on business need, they are converted to regular full-time employees ... More

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  5. 5 people found this helpful

    Adapt or....

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    Former Employee - Consultant/Project Manager in Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant/Project Manager in Redlands, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits; Stability; Great work-life balance; no layoffs; Functions like many smaller companies - good working within your "group"

    Cons

    Compensation; Career Path; Flat Organization Structure; Hard to collaborate for change outside of your "group". Lack of accountability at management/director level.HR is a puppet for ownership, and always looking to lessen company exposure/risk

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real business experience and drive accountabilty

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 9 people found this helpful

    Doesn't make sense for software engineers to work here

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    Former Employee - Software Development Programmer in Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Programmer in Redlands, CA

    I worked at Esri

    Pros

    Decent benefits
    You'll never be asked to quit
    Only game in town for software

    Cons

    Zero upward growth. You will NEVER move up.
    Comically low salaries -- like 50-70% of anywhere else
    What you're hired for at Esri is your forever job. You will never learn new things or gain new responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to young, hungry people. Stop letting the people who got you rich in the 1990s tell you how to get rich in the 2010s.

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

    A great place to ride off into the sunset?

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    Former Employee - Applications Programmer in Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Programmer in Redlands, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits (health, dental, vision, life, 401k with match, profit sharing). Beautiful campus. Nice people. You probably won't get fired.

    Cons

    I wanted to love this company so much. Everything seemed great (see Pros), but the longer I was there, the more I felt like something isn't right at esri. It just feels sleepy. There's no energy (maybe for the User Conference, but if you're not involved there - meh). It just feels like everyone there is resigned to the fact that they need to stay their 6 (or is it 7?) years until they're fully vested. Trust me, that is an ETERNITY!

    It honestly seems like a fantastic place to retire from. There isn't a lot of stress. Not much is asked of you. You can keep developing in the same technology forever and no on will bat an eyelash. But after 2 or 3 years there, I doubt you'll be relevant anymore in the real world.

    Like I said earlier, I wanted to love esri, but in the end I was just bored. And the thought of staying there for 6 years seemed like torture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some talented YOUNG managers to breathe some life back into esri (you'll need to pay them more than you're used to). This place just seems tired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Great Company

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Associate

    I worked at Esri

    Pros

    Benefits are awesome!!!! Learning all the time. Willing to train.

    Cons

    Hard to move up within the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful

    Good company if your rank and file

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

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

    Pros

    Healthcare is included
    Paid for the time you put in, not the revenue you bring in
    Nice people
    User conference

    Cons

    Big disconnect between sales and upper management
    Employees abuse the hourly pay - self reported time cards
    Not direct compensation based on performance
    Merit increases are minimal after 3-4 years regardless of performance
    Market share is dwindling as new offerings are being included in other enterprise technologies I.e. Mapping in BI systems and google plug ins

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your top performers
    Move sales away from hourly pay- this makes no sense and limits their marketability for sales roles after ESRI - by design I assume.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful

    Bad Culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people to work with, stable work, free health insurance. Looks ok on resume if you stay in field. Again, the thing I'll remember about esri is some of the people I was privileged to work with.

    Cons

    Management is hit-or-miss, with more misses than hits. People that work here know that they can't do anything else; they know it and the company knows it and it shows. That's the price for getting a degree in geography. Even though most of the people were pretty ok, I never saw many smiling faces. Everyone always seemed sad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Great place for experienced professionals, not so great at developing people early in their careers.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

    I have been working at Esri full-time

    Pros

    Outstanding health care benefits.
    Lots of passionate GIS professionals who are really drive transformational change with the organizations they work with.
    Company culture is to support customers, at all levels. Not just lip service here. Sales plans are developed and executed to support organizations rather than just sell software.

    Cons

    Internal movement is difficult.
    The learning environment for new employees, or employees new in their careers varies dramatically depending on managers and pyramids.
    Work/Life balance is a significant issue. Travel is expected to be done after hours, weekend calls and meetings. Everyone paid by the hour. Competitive offers are based on 50 hour work weeks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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