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ESI Design Reviews

Updated April 10, 2017
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  1. "Current employee"

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    Former Employee - Administrative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ESI Design full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Nice camaraderie among staff. Generally good benefits and nice location in downtown NYC. Overall it's a nice work culture.

    Cons

    As in many design companies, there is a class divide between the creative and support staff in hierarchy, but it's comparitively nominal.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Dream Job is Possible"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment. An ever-changing pool of interesting projects to work on. Like anything in life, you get out of it what you put into it. If you are a good listener, productive and thoughtful designer, and inspired to invent this is the place for you. Academics and 'power' players tend to flame out quickly.

    Cons

    Every company has it's foibles, but those at ESI are minor and don't interfere too greatly with the finished products.

    Advice to Management

    Keep improving project management resources


  3. "Unique gigs, talented people- nice working environment."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ESI Design full-time

    Pros

    Great array of interesting multidisciplinary jobs, with a focus on media architecture. Democratic team structure with many talents. Easy access to principal. Good hours and very pleasant working conditions- not a hipster enclave. Wide range of skills within staff. Very smart and kind principal. Attention being paid to company shortcomings with structural and staffing reforms in the works.

    Cons

    The democratic team structure can also lead to a too many cooks problem. Many meetings. Project management and marketing need strengthening. Principal sometimes has strong opinions that can override the design team. But these are worth enduring for the kind of work we get to do and company self awareness is at an all time high.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    "Experiential Design Firm in need of a MAJOR rehaul"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at ESI Design full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    1) Apple shop
    2) Nice Views from office
    3) Office Candy Bowl
    4) 2-3 decent trustworthy colleagues
    5) 4 weeks vacation

    Cons

    1) Leadership team is filled with micro-managers who have been there FOREVER and think there way is the only way to get any job done
    2) Leadership team stands in the hallways, bathroom, around the water cooler, in the pantry gossiping about employees making it very uncomfortable to work there
    3) At least 5-6 rude, obnoxious, bitchy colleagues that have no clue what teamwork means
    4) CIO and CEO is the same person - conflict of interest much?
    5) ZERO investment in employee growth! Not one opportunity to grow your skill set
    6) The Principal Designer, who is also the owner, has no idea how very little his leadership team actually invests in the organization. For a company with only 50 employees at any given time, the owner has no clue about how certain decisions about his employees are being made
    7) The company has tried to grow over the last 5 years and have failed miserably year after year - yet they continue to make the same mistakes year in year out
    8) Marketing team is a joke - ALL new work comes from the owner and his connections
    9) Take a look at the website and see how outdated ESI really is!
    10) Feedback process - HA! Go through one cycle and you will know exactly what that is meant.

    Advice to Management

    1) Hire a new leadership team - the one there is the cause of the company's stagnant state
    2) Hire a real marketing team - the one there does not bring in any new business, anyone college grad can answer phone calls
    3) Invest in technology to help manage things like payroll, benefits, resources
    4) Don't hire people you do want to grow, it's unfair to everyone
    5) Stop being so cheap and invest in celebrations OUT of the office
    6) Evolve your current culture and values - hiring free lancers and letting go of people on a daily basis is NOT helpful to anyone
    7) Hire a consultant to help identify why the company doesn't seem to grow year in year out


  6. Helpful (6)

    "One man show"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    There is an interesting variety of bright people that work at the company.

    Cons

    The principal of the company runs all of the projects which is very frustrating for the designers and the design teams.

    Advice to Management

    Mix it up a little more,


  7. "Very enriching, great people & projects"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very enriching, great people & projects.

    Cons

    Salary little less than other firms due to amount of non-profit clients.


  8. "Good team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are mostly great and there are opportunities to work on a variety of projects. Compensation is good. Hours are generally reasonable.

    Cons

    Need to rethink ways of approaching business development. Need to find ways to break bad habits in creative development process.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "You will be fired."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ESI Design full-time

    Pros

    The firm does really interesting work, and some of it is even groundbreaking in terms of interactivity and engagement. The stated values are really great, as they relate to interactivity, story, design process, etc.

    Cons

    It seems like everyone who leaves ESI is fired. They seem to fire everyone. Watch your back. You'll likely be next. I actually heard one employee there say that he liked working somewhere where he could reasonably expect to be fired at any moment. I didn't.

    Advice to Management

    Figure it out before you hire them, and only hire the ones who you think are going to work out. The whole "we'll just fire them later" strategy is really weak.


  10. "Great ease of culture but few growth opportunities because of size"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is good and the people are great. Meant of them have been there for a long time though this may add to the lack of growth opportunities.

    Cons

    There is little in the way of feedback and career development. Like a lot of design studios there are few mechanisms for review and feedback. Once a year is not really enough but overall it's a pleasant place to work for a while.


  11. "I enjoyed it."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Talented, interesting people. Nice work environment. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Pay is at the lower end.


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