Esri Reviews in Riverside, CA

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
223 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    A good company overall, good work environment

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work environment, flexible working hours

    Cons

    a little bit out of date

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall, a great place to work

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    well paid, comfortable environment, nice city

    Cons

    Get pidgeon holed fast, unorganized, becoming for too high on itself

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revisit the ratio of MBAs to geographers you are hiring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Diverse, Stable, Functional. A great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA

    I worked at Esri full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Lots of great people working at Esri. Dominant company in the market, you have the potential to have your work noticed and affect a lot of peoples daily lives. Great health care benefits. Relaxed environment (perhaps too relaxed).

    Cons

    Personal growth can be very slow, not much of a career path defined for young employees. Not many perks. Some teams have your typical political conflicts. Relaxed environment enables many people to produce little to no work at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to adopt a working environment similar to current day software companies to attract young talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Relaxed work, no pressure environment... But lacks of promotions and motivations. Slow moving.

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

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

    Pros

    - Flexible schedule
    - Job stability
    - Paid by hours

    Esri is a company for family people. They are very flexible about work hours. If you kids need a doctor appointment just let your coworkers know you need to leave. When you will get home you can work remotely part of time. This is all because you get paid by hours worked.
    They send employees to conferences.

    Cons

    - Job stability
    - Lack of bonuses and motivation

    If you get hired in most cases you won't be fired. This is good if you are a good worker. But this is also works even if you are a bad worker. And this is a nightmare if you are a coworker of bad worker. There are people who are not performing well. This pulls entire team down. What is a fun to work intensively, deliver new product if a person in next office will is doing nothing for months and still will get the salary raise for the same 3-5% by end of year! And there is no way to fire such a person - he/she will be promoted and moved to another team. to another position... That is just unfair work.All this happens because such bad worker works with a team but reports to a manager who is no a part of a team, and could be in another city at all.

    There are no bonuses and almost no raise. You salary will be the same plus 3-5% per year. Well, this is almost guaranteed no matter how well / bad you will be working.

    There is no opportunity to grow - even move to another department / team is a big problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Fire your HR department and get new people there. They are not tracking individual performance, not asking for feedback from a team. They are not able to hire new people - positions remains open till Jack will kick them. You just need a new head of HR with real experience in software companies.

    - Build a strong hierarchy - managers should be a part of a team instead of staying aside, should be responsible for team success.

    - Provide bonuses for releasing products on time.

    - Increase horizontal mobility. If another team wants a developer for an interesting project I would like to be able to join the team. Current team manager should just receive 2 weeks notice - like if I would be leaving to another company.

    - Let developers choose what tools they need. It is just stupid when request of $30 software is declined but $2100 was spent to purchase product support which was never used.

    - Open a feedback line for employees. if there is an issue in a product then it is better if it will be reported by employee instead of being reported by a customer. If we will be able to provide feedback then our products will be better and better.

    - Your high management got professional experience at times of COM and desktop systems. Look around! It is web world now! Government customers are important but if you stuck and do not innovate / support new technologies because government sits on IE9 then company loose reputation! It doesn't make sense always reinvent the wheel where there are a lot of third-party products which could be used.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Laidback city, less stressful life

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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 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You'll love it if you want a less stressful life while you're still doing good work. There're few good teams at Esri. If you're lucky to join such a team, you will enjoy the benefits. Redlands cost of living is not too high (850'ish rent for 1 bhk place). If you don't like too much city buzz, you'll enjoy this quiet place and a relatively stress free job.

    Cons

    - More emphasis on QA
    - Profit sharing goes into 401k. Most employees prefer deposit in their paycheque :)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Redlands, CA

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

    Pros

    Provides a great work life balance

    Cons

    Bad pay
    No career path
    No support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for experienced (non- esri vertan) employees to move up in management to provide innovation and new fresh approaches

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

    Good company to start with, has a lot of short falls

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student  in  Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Student in Redlands, CA

    I worked at Esri as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Hourly wages. Work load is less. Smart people don't work here, so you can get away with a lot of things

    Cons

    Esri hires random folks who don't have the right background which means they are adding a lot of bloat to the products and making things hard for the right folks. The top management do not keep a tab on products being worked on from satellite offices resulting in teams being driven by intuition as opposed to facts.

    Doing things the right way is often dismissed by saying 'Esri is not the company which does this or that this way'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hire the right folks. Make product and customer usage data available throughout the company for teams to make informed decisions. CEO needs to be more focused and competitive. Let's do few things in a great fashion than doing many great things,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Esri - Good benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst  in  Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Redlands, CA

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

    Pros

    Privately held and very fiscally sound, excellent health & dental benefits, fairly low-stress environment and the leader in GIS.

    Cons

    Many long-timers and very limited upward mobility. No clear path to move up in your career, non-standard job titles and job descriptions and limited opportunities to take on very visible projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get people in management that have proven leadership ability, not just people who have worked at Esri a long time, establish clear career paths for employees, and promote on abilities and skillsets not just tenure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    not bad

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

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

    Pros

    flexible work time, opportunity to learn new technologies.

    Cons

    some managers do not know how to manage a team well ...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    start off slow but with time very rewarding

    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    small town
    very stable
    very little risk of downsizing
    great benefits --- essentially free healthcare!
    401k contributions
    hourly pay with bank for overtime
    after 5 years of hard work and initiative you can start career advancement

    Cons

    not much vacation
    low pay for industry giant
    takes a lot of time to make career progress
    some coworkers are unmotivated
    old timers are making so much money because of yearly raises and often contribute much less
    really hot climate in the summer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reward people who do a great job
    cut the chaff to increase the financial benefit for those who excel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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