Esri

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Esri Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
236 Reviews
3.1
236 Reviews
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Esri President Jack Dangermond
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Provides a great work life balance (in 15 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 18 reviews)

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

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  1. 2 people 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 (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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ok for family, Not Ok for individuals who can work hard and need high pay

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

    I have been working at Esri full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Less pressure,
    Family friendly,
    Insurance benefits,
    Comfortable office environment,
    Eco-friendly office with lot of trees and fish ponds

    Cons

    No significant pay rise,
    Sometimes boring work, very hard to push new innovations,
    No team based tasks and enthusiasm,
    Remote location,
    No nearby food places other than in-office cafe which is not open at all times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay in par with industry standards

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    I had 4 supervisors.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA

    I worked at Esri full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The employees in my department were very courteous.

    Cons

    I had 4 supervisors. They did not communicate so I kept answering the same question. I was supposed to have one supervisor and one manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure everyone is on the same page.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 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 (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
  6.  

    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 (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
  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 (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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Where you can retire at if you can put up with the BS and last that long...

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

    I have been working at Esri full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, low pressure and opportunity to succeed for even most average workers. If slightly above average you can quickly become a rock star as long as you can put up with the oldies club (people who have been there forever) who have had little exposure to how things are done in larger companies.

    Cons

    Quite a bit of incompetency in management which offers a limited career path (due to oldies club) probably because they can't attract good workers due to remote location. Compensation also tends to be low. May be frustrating for folks used to defined structure, processes and well defined job descriptions with clear responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire new, experienced people from large companies in senior executive positions and give them authority to make the drastic changes that are necessary to drag the company out of the complacency that seems to exist throughout.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 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 (more than an 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
  10. 5 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 (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
  11. 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 (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

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