Esri Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
232 Reviews
3.2
232 Reviews
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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. 6 people found this helpful  

    This company is full of disappointment

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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 full-time (more than an 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
  2. 4 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 (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
  3. 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 (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
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Be Prepared to Be Manipulated, Underpaid, and Silent

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    • 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 (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
  6.  

    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 (more than an 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
  7.  

    Exciting company to work for

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

    I worked at Esri full-time (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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Esri full-time (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
  9.  

    Sr Software Engineer

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    • 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
  10. 9 people found this helpful  

    Stuck in 90's

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Developer in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Developer in Redlands, CA

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

    Pros

    Job safety - Not a single layoff in the past 40 years.. You can see Jack at the cafe almost daily, how cool is that!! a CEO standing in line with you.. great guy.. market leaders in GIS.. Great medical benefits.. Paid by the HOUR

    Cons

    Hmm .. ok where do I start.. Absolutely zero career path so make sure you get in with a nice title and a package because you are not going to stay in that level forever, no promote from within mentality.. Though market leaders but not technology leaders, new ideas, designs, best practices are scoffed at by your direct supervisors who doesn't want to come out of their comfort zone.. Federal office mentality where people just do what it takes to survive or please Scott, who runs the company though Jack owns it.. Everything catches up late with esri - development methodologies, design(if there is one,we developers just do what we feel is right), best practices, consumption models, business plans, sales plans this is even after seeing other small and big companies successfully outperform them, hence stuck in 90's mindset.. REDLANDS is a big con.. Company is only suitable for people who wants to be comfortable without being challenged much and survive and get a paycheck at the end of the day, very bad for people looking for exciting challenges & opportunities..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    OPEN your eyes please.. We are the leaders but it doesn't mean we are going to stay there forever..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Summer Internship

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

    I worked at Esri as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn, Friendly, Helpful Colleagues

    Cons

    More responsibilities for interns would give the interns a better scope to learn & reapply for a full time position

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