Esri Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
223 Reviews
3.0
223 Reviews
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Esri President Jack Dangermond
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165 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Contractors Beware

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

    I worked at Esri as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    At the team level you will work with talented, smart, and motivated folks that care about their career and the work you do. Teams usually have a greater sense of family than the HR department.

    Cons

    Recruiters and HR will change policies and will get rid of contractors that ask too many questions. I would suggest anyone that is working with a recruiter beware the lunches, the follow ups are nothing more than information gathering points. These people do not care about you and often times will tell you in the worse case scenarios "there's always better opportunities" even if you really want the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Jack, if you care about the teams at Esri and the people who really want to work there, fix the HR department and the way contractors are treated. There is no excuse for the lying and the mistreatment of contractors who really want a job with Esri.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Product Engineer in Software Development Department

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    • 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 a year

    Pros

    Flexible working hours
    Various training catalogs/ courses
    Plenty opportunities for conference/ workshop
    Independent working office/ environment
    Easy to reach working/ life balance

    Cons

    Difficult in internal transition between departments
    Raise is hard to bump up even with high performance, unless transfer to different positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should share more general/ future prospective during meetings.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    This company is full of disappointment

    • 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

    The pay structure used allows employee to make extra compensation when underpaid hourly they can make it up by working extra hours.

    Cons

    Poor Leadership. Very old school. Micromanage everything. no work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean out your senior leadership. They are sub-par across the board. I've never witnessed such poor senior management. Not a lot of faith in the leadership of any of the senior executives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Zero Growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Esri full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you want to be lazy and just coast by you'll fit right in with everyone else.

    Cons

    Incompetent, unqualified coworkers and zero chance for growth internally. No incentive for hard work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Be Prepared to Be Manipulated, Underpaid, and Silent

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Follower of Esri's Orders  in  Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Follower of Esri's Orders in Redlands, CA

    I worked at Esri full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    GIS. Paid Healthcare. Casual.

    Cons

    Many benefits are held. Yours, but not yours. "Unique environment" is code for : Even the sales people moonlight to pay their bills to get ahead while working for a billionaire who underpays them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wise up. HR has serious anger and control issues. Management should smile once in awhile. The reputation of the company proceeded us. That "used to be" a good thing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Bad mamagement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Multimedia Designer  in  Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Multimedia Designer in Redlands, CA

    I have been working at Esri full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great place to start and learn GIS but don't plan on staying. Good benefits, and 401K. Nice campus lots of trees.

    Cons

    Manager doesn't know what you are doing. Likes to micromanage. Lots of favoritism, if you are not in pay raises are very low. Owner doesn't know what is going on in the trenches. Thinks thing are great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean the closets and get some people in who know how to manage.

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

    Exciting company to work for

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

    I worked at Esri full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Versatility, exposure to latest technologies, great location

    Cons

    Not easy to move into other domains within the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flexibility to give people opportunities to move into other departments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    AWESOME place to work!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Redlands, CA

    I worked at Esri full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working with creative, brilliant, talented people from all over the world on a beautiful campus where you have endless opportunities to learn, grow, and be involved in the quaint Redlands community.

    Cons

    The morale and day-to-day experience tends to vary depending on which department you work in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Sr Software Engineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Esri

    Pros

    HQ only: A real office, not cubicle. Nice profit sharing, full benefits a la Microsoft. Very stable company that provides employment for life. Nice city, quiet life, low real estate prices.

    Cons

    Not much career movement. If you want something more, you either move to the less quiet area or create a startup.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lot of ups and downs but overall a positive experience over 10+ years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Esri full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    A fair degree of autonomy; excellent benefits; excellent technology and product direction backed by outstanding customer service. Privately held so a long term view usually predominates decisions.

    Cons

    very limited mobility internally, especially for experienced individuals; despite words to the contrary, Esri is a very hard company to strike a good work/life balanced; if GIS isn't your passion, Esri is probably not where you want to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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