Esri Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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  1. Helpful (5)

    Account Executive

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Aspirational company with Jack leading the way. Leading edge of technology. Autonomy in developing a sales plan for your key accounts. Excellent sales engineer support for client activities.

    Cons

    Some new software releases were poor when you trying to integrate with other enterprise systems. Myopic view of other technology besides Esri solution. Lack of an integration story for large enterprise accounts.


  2. Helpful (7)

    Great place to start or end a career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Esri full-time

    Pros

    Lots of very smart people working on software that helps shape the world around us. Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Lack of clear career path for younger employees. Not very remote-friendly.

    Advice to Management

    Change things up more. Less design by committee, more vision.

    Esri Response

    Jul 2, 2015 – Human Resources

    We are also proud of how our technology is used to make a powerful global impact. Having employees onsite allows for opportunities to work cohesively as a team and fosters innovation, creativity, and ... More


  3. Getting better all the time

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fontana, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fontana, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Esri (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company has gone though a number of reorganizations and changes in upper management, mostly for the better. Going above and beyond is very valued and rewarded.

    Cons

    The structure is still very flat, lateral moves are becoming more common, but the main leadership does not change year over year. While going above and beyond is rewarded, it many times becomes a expectation by management and few will progress without doing so.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just reward hard work, reward smart work.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Esri full-time

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, laid back atmosphere which was nice Good projects Room from promotion

    Cons

    Benefits weren't the best for the position and salary was not competitive for the area, but reasonable and not terrible

    Advice to Management

    Pay people what they're worth and don't try to cheap out with poor salary for the position


  6. Helpful (15)

    The truth about Esri - truly a warm and inviting dysfunctional family

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    To understand the situation at Esri, one must consider the companies’ history. The founders are well-meaning older couple with lighthearted souls. Their company has been around for decades and took off in the early days of software and steadily increased in size. They’ve dreamed big for their company — the headquarters nestled in a lush southern California location away from the hustle and bustle of big city life. They believe in work-life balance and employees should be paid for every hour of work. They’ve succeeded in their eyes and in the GIS community. Sound like a tech oasis? Let me convince you otherwise. As an employee you'll receive a relatively modest income, good working environment, decent benefits but rarely any advancement. Even some of the best employees will not be promoted for 4 – 6 years. In the rare event that a position is "open", it will likely stay open and eventually someone will have to fill it – even if it means it's you and you know nothing about the position. Every team I know is severely understaffed. The combination of Ersi’s modestly, insignificance in the tech world, and inability to attract talent due to wage and location means there will rarely be a time where someone is hired who can actually do the job well from the start. Management positions have often gone to people who’ve stuck around the longest, and far too many people are wearing too many hats, of course this includes management. You will be either micro-managed or under-managed and the later is most common. It’s created very hush-hush environment in regards to internal practices and problems. This has resulted poor management, organization and it’s products. Yes, of course it affects the products everyone speaks so highly of. The CEO Jack unfortunately expects higher management to figure out the problems and vice-versa from higher management. Are problems solved this way? Nope. Esri’s products in the GIS industry are unparalleled, but when compared to products of the larger tech industry, eh they are mediocre at best. We make a lot of poor to mediocre software….but we've been doing it the best in the GIS industry! This is because Esri relies on a lot of old technology. Technology which is in too big of a knot to be untangle. We continue tying pretty little bows on top of this knot until we receive enough complaints or threats. It’s then, and only then — can we begin to consider a fix. Most of the time the problem cannot be fixed without the right team and years of reworking all of the strings attached. There are employees who actually care, those who disrupt their work-life balance to sort out all a lot of these problems but many of them grow resentful or drown their sorrows at the local bars just after noon on Fridays. These employees sometimes stick around longer than a few years, but more often than not leave and take other strong employees with them. This creates a frustrating environment for the best employees. You will find an abundance of smart, easy-going, and barely trained "professionals" in every department. There are a few teams that are great, but the majority of them are entangled in the above problems. All in all, if your standards are low or you like an easy-going job you'll really like Esri and stay forever. If you have high standards and expect everyone to do their job to the best of their ability, it’ll take you about 2 years to realize you want to leave but good luck getting hired elsewhere. It's truly warm and inviting dysfunctional family.

    Cons

    Sick time, vacation time, wage

    Advice to Management

    Goodluck

    Esri Response

    Jun 30, 2015 – Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments. As Esri continues to grow we are aggressively hiring in all areas of the company, and encourage you to refer qualified candidates. We are ... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great Benefits!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company paid premiums for entire family.

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted from within.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Laid Back Culture

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

    Pros

    Laid back environment offering flexible work hours and good benefits. The property feels like a college campus. Overall a nice place to work.

    Cons

    salary below market rates but the benefits are great. this place is a billion dollar business that is still run like a family business.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Great people, low pay...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Esri full-time

    Pros

    Love the energy and enthusiasm of the people working at Esri, whether it be the regional offices or in Redlands.

    Cons

    Over the years, there is little to no real bumps in salary and has been known to hover merely at 1-3%, roughly on par with cost of living in some areas, but below cost of living yearly increases in major metropolitan cities. To stay competitive and retain smart staff,, Esri should consider a more robust compensation package.


  10. Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Redlands, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people...Lots to learn. Beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Too many people! Hard to meet and memorize everybody's name!

    Advice to Management

    Not sure yet.

    Esri Response

    Jun 24, 2015 – Human Resources

    Glad you're here for the summer! There are lots of intern events, and participating is a great way to meet fellow interns and get to know each other. Keep an eye out for emails asking for your ... More


  11. Helpful (3)

    Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Forward looking technology Flexible working environment Paid for every hour worked Good corporate citizen Profit sharing

    Cons

    Decisions made by management without getting all the facts Little upward mobility Little positive encouragement

    Advice to Management

    Keep to core principles Do not allow one division to dominate Get the facts and not jump to conclusions

    Esri Response

    Jun 24, 2015 – Human Resources

    First and foremost, thank you for your 10+ years with us! We agree that some of the best perks of working here are the flexibility and Esri's contributions to both our local community and the GIS ... More



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