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GISi Reviews

Updated February 1, 2015
Updated February 1, 2015
19 Reviews
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19 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunities for GIS professionals in a company striving to be premier

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

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

    Pros

    Company Culture
    ESOP (Employee owned)
    Competitive compensation
    Flexible benefits program
    Recruit top talent
    Corporate social media
    Core values
    Annual corporate meeting
    Opportunities for personal growth

    Cons

    Fast pace
    Conflicting priorities between projects
    Somewhat limited time-off
    Communication can be challenging with a distributed workforce
    Rapid growth leading to growing pains

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue in the drive to be premier.
    Be sure to adequately communicate changes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Company "values" a farce.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GISi

    Pros

    Light workload; employees are generally nice.

    Cons

    Contrary to the company values, there is very little communication. When mistakes are made people are publicly berated. Pay is on the low side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach. Don't lie to people, even in the exit interview. It shows a profound lack of integrity.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Opportunities Exist

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

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

    Pros

    I've had the opportunity to work on whole range of projects, each presented an interesting challenge and made me a better developer. The culture is warm and welcoming. We can get a bit competitive with animated GIFs and nerf wars.

    All of my managers have been great. They truly want you to succeed and work hard on your behalf to find you opportunities. (But you need to talk to them and tell them what you want)

    Cons

    I personally haven't had any issues

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A good home for for premier GIS professionals

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

    I have been working at GISi full-time

    Pros

    It’s a great company for those who are looking to work on challenging but rewarding projects with top professionals in the industry. Employee owned so when the company does well as a whole, everyone is rewarded. It's growing company so there is opportunity for folks to advance in their career. Distributed workforce but good about making an effort to keep folks connected through technology, social events and company events. Encourages innovation and professional growth. Cares about client success. Very impressive people at GISi technically and culturally.

    Cons

    Working challenging projects can be... well a challenge... but very rewarding for those who are up to it. There is a lot of great talent so it can be a bit intimidating but everyone is very helpful if you find yourself in need. Not a place for those who want to coast or people looking for ridged structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to connect with folks individually even more and celebrate successful projects. Don't take your eye off the culture and core values as we grow. You recruit amazing people... love on them. Keep it fun!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

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

    I have been working at GISi full-time

    Pros

    A wonderful culture here; people are genuine, smart, helpful and care about each other. Good opportunities to do different things in your career and I like being an owner.

    Cons

    It's fast paced here so you can get left behind. People work across lots of different environments which can be isolating or lead to the 'grass is greener' syndrome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep pushing the company forward but don't lose what makes it special here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not helping the stereotype of things running slow and backwards down south

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Geospatial Developer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Geospatial Developer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at GISi full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Telecommute
    Good talent in development
    Nice people in development

    Cons

    Interview process
    Salary
    Management attitude
    Communication
    Terrible organization internally

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For a company who understands technical processes pretty well, you'd think they could organize internal processes that run a little bit more smoother and agile than a dinosaur.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Expect hard work and long hours

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Development in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The people are smart and on the most part willing to help. Working from home cuts down on the dry cleaning. Sometimes hard to keep connected though. Annual company meeting was fun but it was on a Saturday and Sunday and no comp time given for having to be there.

    Cons

    Management plays favorites. The benefits are lacking and weekend travel and work is expected and there are no comp days. Only 20 days off a year and no company holidays or sick days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is in disarray as the CEO has been demoted. Very little chance of advancement if you are not at HQ. Little chance of growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Only work contract, avoid full-time.

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

    I worked at GISi full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    + Some Nice People
    + Relaxed Atmosphere
    + Flexible Benefits
    + Decent pay if you ask up front. (Don't plan on regular raises or promotions.)
    + ESOP

    Cons

    - Super dependent on other industry leaders (ESRI) for their software. If ESRI goes south I imagine GISI will as well.
    - Upper Management presents themselves as a group open to everything and all about "the people", but really they are only open to other upper management and "the people" of upper management. This is further problematic due to the fact that upper management makes terrible decisions and isn't organized at all. The CEO fills 3 roles and does none of them effectively. They like the idea of getting everyone's ideas but unless you're the entrepreneur type your ideas will go unnoticed and sometimes flat out ignored. Be ready to speak up for yourself a lot if you want anything done.
    - They tend to promote based on who they're friends with or who has been there the longest. Has nothing to do with their qualifications. (e.g. the accounting manager is also the IT manager. The CTO has almost nothing to do with the companies internal technical decisions.) The managers tend to suck up to the CEO who comes across as a rude person. The CTO is also a micro-manager with a shoot first ask questions later type of mentality.
    - Odd work ethic. They expect remote users to be available unreasonable hours, aren't afraid to criticize you in front of others but then completely ignore the two married people in management who are having an blatant affair. (They have children too!) Be ready to feel awkward. Also, I question their diversity practices. In a city that's 75% African American GISI is 10% staffed by African Americans? Seems off. I also witness racism, homophobic remarks and sexism while employed there. I didn't want to bring it up with HR because I may/may not be a minority in the workforce and would've had to look over my shoulder from that point forward. Since the entire HR department is white and I know how management is I wasn't confident my complaints would be kept private.
    - Vacation / Sick / Holiday Time - They give 20 days of "vacation" days a year which sounds great up front. What they make clear is that this includes sick, vacation, and 7 holidays. So you'd end up better with the standard 2 week vacation and 7 holidays elsewhere plus the sick time. With their flexible benefits you can "buy" vacation days with their odd point system but then you must forfeit other things like insurance deductibles or vision / dental insurance which is not fun.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take another look at the qualifications provided by your upper management and the positions they fill. I would recommend terminating at least 2 people and positioning most of the others. If people aren't qualified for a role, don't be afraid to reassign them or expect them to grow in to it just because you are friends with them or your kids go to school together. Look at the effort being put in by your staff and praise them for it from time to time. This isn't a sweatshop. Be cautious of the sexism, racism, and homophobic remarks made in your Birmingham Office. Others DO take note and could bring up a lawsuit one day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Wants to be "premier" but won't do what it takes.

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

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

    Pros

    You will probably work with smart people.
    Collaborative environment created by said smart people from the bottom up.
    Work schedules can be flexible, similar to other tech companies.
    Remote work is common.

    Cons

    Too much focus on growth without maintaining what they have.
    Remote employees are expected to be available longer than office employees.
    Management consists of those who have been around the longest.
    Yearly pay raises do not keep up with changes in cost of living.
    No performance review system.
    Too much love of the big GIS software giant.
    Too much talk about being "premier" without action to back it up.
    Employee survey results trending downward for the last three years with no response from management.
    Only 20 days off per year, including holidays, sick days, and vacation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company is being held together by the bonds among individual teams and nothing else. You have had sufficient input to know what needs to be fixed. It's time to do it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Mediocre, far from Premier

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at GISi full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The people that work here is the best part about the company.
    Benefits are average, a point system allows each employee to customize their benefits, while some can use this to their advantage, others are at a major disadvantage by leaving many points on the table and allowing the company to profit.
    They do a good job of moving people around to different projects instead of laying off, especially when contracts are lost.

    Cons

    They say they want to be the Premier GIS firm to work for and with, yet make decisions to drive many good employees to quit. Turnover is high
    Salaries are not competitive at all, they're able to hire employees at a lower salary by letting them work from home, as most of the workforce is remote.
    Communication is terrible between staff and senior management. Re-Organization happens suddenly and then poorly explained.
    IT and Marketing consists of 3 people that support a company with almost 160 people.
    The company is only focused on profit, which means always be billable.
    Middle management has no authority to make decisions, all decisions, major or minor must be made by Senior Management. The CEO and Chief Catalyst (whatever that means) is all about micro managing, down to the penny.
    Lots of favoritism is noticeable when it comes to promotions and raises.
    The annual review process is terrible and raises are bad in general, hard work and overtime is expected, then when it's time for a raise, it's very mediocre.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make some changes, read some of the other reviews on here, many people are saying similar things. It's pretty obvious when you respond on here with a 5 star review that only tells one side of the story. You mention to us that one of our core values is being candor and open, well you should practice before preaching.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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