Esri

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Esri Reviews in Riverside, CA

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
241 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company and people to work with

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If your passion id GIS - this is the place to be in.
    The people are great.

    Cons

    Conservative salaries.
    HQ is in Redlands. A small quite conservative town. If you come from a big city or used to the ocean breeze you might not like it here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company lost it's start-up mentality and is focused on erecting new buildings.
    Promote innovation. Take risks. stop playing catch up and compensate achievers. Restructure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    A great place to ride off into the sunset?

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    • 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

    Great benefits (health, dental, vision, life, 401k with match, profit sharing). Beautiful campus. Nice people. You probably won't get fired.

    Cons

    I wanted to love this company so much. Everything seemed great (see Pros), but the longer I was there, the more I felt like something isn't right at esri. It just feels sleepy. There's no energy (maybe for the User Conference, but if you're not involved there - meh). It just feels like everyone there is resigned to the fact that they need to stay their 6 (or is it 7?) years until they're fully vested. Trust me, that is an ETERNITY!

    It honestly seems like a fantastic place to retire from. There isn't a lot of stress. Not much is asked of you. You can keep developing in the same technology forever and no on will bat an eyelash. But after 2 or 3 years there, I doubt you'll be relevant anymore in the real world.

    Like I said earlier, I wanted to love esri, but in the end I was just bored. And the thought of staying there for 6 years seemed like torture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some talented YOUNG managers to breathe some life back into esri (you'll need to pay them more than you're used to). This place just seems tired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Going in the wrong direction.

    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits - medical, dental and vision. Decent 401K and paid holidays.
    There are still good, passionate people who want to make a difference working here.
    Paid by the hour, so if you work more, you get paid more.
    Most staff have individual offices which is nice.
    There is a great mix of cultures, folks from different countries.

    Cons

    Senior management has lost its way. CEO has lost touch with the staff especially software development. Software is lagging. People are afraid to confront the head of software development. Unable to bring in new creative programmers. Recently they demolished marketing. No one knows why. Lack of clear strategy and vision.
    Raises are small and even those who don’t work hard get raises. Difficult to move up unless you are part of the “boys club”
    Not great vacation benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what is best for the clients and staff not yourselves. Build and open environment in software so staff can contribute in a healthy way. Hire a strong HR team to support staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to start with. You will learn a lot.

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

    I worked at Esri full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Everybody gets an office. You can expect to work on challenging projects depending on group you work for. Schedule is flexible. It has research environment. Jewel of Inland Empire.

    Cons

    Nothing for this section. Great company in the middle of no where.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    BAD Leadership

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

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

    Pros

    The campus is alright, and so far the company is stable. This company will be going down the drain so fast once any layoff occurs because noone in their right mind would move to some garbage town in the middle of the desert away from any other career opportunities if the company weren't completely stable.

    Cons

    No growth no career advancement.
    The gym SUCKS.
    Developers are treated like scum.
    A tech company that doesn't want to be a tech company.
    Unwilling to pay industry standard salaries so can't attract top talent.
    Bad, unstable technology because tech leadership is weak.
    Hourly wages is not benefit when you limit the number of hours employees can work. Times get rough, and all the sudden employees can't even work 8 hours a day right?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue, to be a successful tech company you have to make successful technology. To pretend like we can continue to be successful with old unstable technology is a joke. Creating your first major WPF application 5 years after WPF enters end of life is a joke. Not being forward looking and investing in innovation is a joke. Continuing to hide information from your employees about how the company is run, and the company's vision is a joke.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Right place if you want a laid back atmosphere from beginning of your career

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

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

    Pros

    -Good perks and benefits
    -Flexible timings

    Cons

    -Not competitive compensation
    -Long interview process for a full time offer even if you were an intern in the same company

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Summer Intern

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

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

    Pros

    The Campus is very nice with lots of trees. You get your own office. Most people are very nice and friendly, helpful.

    Cons

    they are not pursuing more innovative products.
    not clear career path.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great employer in terms of work-life balance, benefits, and promotion opportunities

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    • 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

    Pros

    -Work-life balance means a lot here
    -Ability to take long vacations if desired
    -Benefits are better than average and transparent
    -Open communication with any team/unit in the company
    -Growing company
    -Very diverse workforce, unlike many tech companies
    -Many positions are paid hourly, allowing for more a flexible schedule when needed
    -Large percentage of new/vacated positions filled internally, so lots of room for vertical and lateral movement in theory
    -Much of leadership/management has been promoted from entry level and have been with Esri for 5-10 years
    -College campus-like environment
    -Geography-centric more than coder/programmer-centric

    Cons

    -Much of leadership has been promoted from a technical position of some sort and do not generally make good leaders, as few have any formal training or past leadership experience
    -You need to put in some time here to move forward, generally around 2 years but sometimes much longer. However once that is complete many doors can open up but may require going in a new technology direction, since many teams aren't very big and are very specialized
    -Redlands is a nice safe town but it's a bit of a "Esri island" as there aren't any similar tech opportunities nearby, and could seem boring to a young professional both professionally and socially
    -The main campus is a nice work setting similar to a college campus but not all positions work on the campus, even in Redlands. There are numerous satellite offices throughout town
    -Raises are small

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't forget your koolaid

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

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, great work environment, many opportunities for technical growth

    Cons

    Politics, old-school salary determination process, low salary, need more time off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider increasing sick/personal time as well as vaca. Consider moving into the 21st century of software companies with things like sabbaticals, on-site daycare, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Large employer in a small town

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, full family health care coverage paid (mediocre insurance though). If you are hired at your current ability level you will be paid at the low end of the wage range due to the company's geographic isolation from the competition. If you work for a decent manager your work life will be good and mostly easy, if not, he or she will have the power to make it unpleasant.

    Cons

    If you accept a position below your ability level, you will never catch up to even the low end of the wage range inspite of any education and experience you possess or gain. It is very difficult to move around in the company and there is no preference given to employees for open positions within the company. No career path and no support from HR to find one. They talk about it but nothing is actually done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to listen to those in the company who have vision. Too many of those at the top can't see beyond their own silos.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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