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Esri Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
250 Reviews
3.1
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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. 5 people found this helpful  

    Poor career prospects

    • 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

    Pros

    Great people
    Laid Back workplace
    Great for GIS professionals
    Good Benefits

    Cons

    Limited career options
    No promotion structure
    Out of Touch Management
    Raises are minimal
    Pay below industry norms

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees more opportunity to advance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    dull and plain at esri

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Esri full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours and slow paced.
    Stable career

    Cons

    very limited personal career growth.
    the management is too rigid.
    the pace is way too slow
    the location is in a dessert, the summer is scorching hot (110F is normal)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give employees more opportunities, motivations, and visions in career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Overall assessment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

    I have been working at Esri full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Paid health insurance and some friendly co-workers although they take awhile to get to know.

    Cons

    Disjointed, controlling and uninspiring management. Pay way below standard given the pressure and expectations. Not much in the way of backslapping with this organization. Intimidation seems to be the management style to extract what they perceive is acceptable performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try listening to people. Try exuding some authentic enthusiasm. Stop burdening people with an obsessive compulsion to babysit a CRM tool.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great place for the end of one's career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Programmer in Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Programmer in Redlands, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits - Healthcare almost 100% covered for worker and family. Flex time.
    Very stable
    Paid overtime for "salary" workers

    Cons

    Very limited career growth possibilities - This is a largely flat corporate hierarchy. Everyone below director level is mostly equal. Titles and authority are not career based. Reorganizations in IT are frequent and people are moved up and down the structure arbitrarily.
    Success is based on seniority, not merit - ESRI is not a meritocracy. One's influence is related to the amount of time spent working there, or who you know. Success and experience are secondary to long-term personal relationships.
    No technological growth - ESRI uses very outdated technologies and is very skeptical to adopt anything new. New technologies threaten the comfort level of long term employees. Since seniority matters more than experience, any new technologies require serious uphill battles. An employee willing to make that case often ends up ostracized for threatening long term employees' positions.
    Employee monitoring by fellow employees - Employees are encouraged, and sometimes rewarded, for monitoring fellow employees and reporting activity to management.
    Old Guard of GIS - ESRI is successful for being the first and largest company in GIS. However, they are a desktop focused software product. They have failed to keep technologically relevant as companies like Google are rising to challenge them.
    Siloed Divisions - Individual divisions function in silos and directors regularly compete/challenge each other for the pool of resources. It is not uncommon to have different groups all doing the same thing but different ways. There is very little cooperation between business units.
    Lower pay - Expect salaries to stay below market price since you are compensated for overtime. The unspoken rule is that 45 hours/week is expected and brings your take home more closely aligned with market price. However, since there is no structure, there is no way to raise one's salary beyond 3-6%(-ish) a year for your entire career at ESRI.
    Paid overtime for salary workers - There is no leniency in time spent since all time is billable to the company. During orientation, you are told to remember to clock out for the 5-10 minute walk to get food from the cafeteria and back. That 10 minute period is personal time and is expected to be considered as such. For a contractor or hourly worker, this is not uncommon. However, a salary employee may find it challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a structure where seniority is secondary to experience and merit. Reduce the influence of long term employees who have very limited interest in growing outside of outdated business models. Bring on upper management that has experience in the online marketplace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    It's a refreshing place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Esri

    Pros

    Benefits. Profit sharing. Campus in redlands is beautiful. Lots of autonomy. Nice computer equipment.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for advancement because it's a flat organization. Corporate is involved in too May decisions. They need to let go and trust management to lead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust employees. Jack...trust your employees to do what is right. :) we care a about the company just as much as you do!

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Contractors Beware

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    • 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 (less than an 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
  8.  

    Product Engineer in Software Development Department

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Redlands, CA

    I have been working at Esri full-time (more than an 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
  9.  

    great stable company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Operations in Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Operations in Redlands, CA

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

    Pros

    Established and stable company. No worries about layoffs. Nice cafe and perks on site.

    Cons

    The salaries are typically lower than the industry standard. Not very easy to move from department to department in different roles. So the career growth is limited.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Stable company but wasteful

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Redlands, CA

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

    Pros

    Financially stable, nice campus, modern facilities and equipment

    Cons

    Shifting vision and priorities, poor management, underlying environment of tension and fear

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some time talking and listening to employees dissatisfaction with changing priorities and lack of responsiveness from management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 6 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

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