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ESI Design Reviews

Updated Jun 7, 2019

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3.6
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72%
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76%
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Edwin Schlossberg
13 Ratings
  1. "Vibrant Environment to work in"

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    Current Employee - Physical Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ESI Design full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Diverse team, people have all kinds of skill sets.

    Cons

    Slow promotion, only designer and senior designer

    ESI Design2019-06-08
  2. "Loved it here!"

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

    I worked at ESI Design full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great culture, work/life balance. Happy hour on Fridays and of course all the snacks! A lovely bunch of people to work with!

    Cons

    Nothing really I didn’t have any cons!

    ESI Design2018-06-01
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good Opportunity to Learn and Collaborate"

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

      I worked at ESI Design full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Office is in an easily accessible location- open office environment (which I guess could be a pro or a con). Employees are all really creative and inspiring for the most part, and very hardworking and intelligent. Projects are oftentimes really interesting, and even if you're not a designer yourself, you'll get opportunities to be heavily involved in the overall scope and process on certain design projects.

      Cons

      Salary is relatively low Their vacation policy (at least when I was there) is a little outdated Some of upper management is petty and unprofessional toward junior level employees

      ESI Design2018-05-09
    • Helpful (3)

      "Like watching a bad Hulu series"

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

      I worked at ESI Design

      Pros

      They pay your health insurance in full. And usually on Friday's there is snacks and booze.

      Cons

      If you ever walked around a mall and wondered "who the hell designed this, it's horrible!" , then you found the guilty group. Projects are pushed through and are dependent on Schlossberg's full approval (despite him having no architectural education, or any good contemporary design practices) and most of the projects are as diluted and boring as his personal artwork. The company should re-brand themselves as an ad agency...

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      Advice to Management

      see ^

      ESI Design2018-05-16
    • Helpful (1)

      "Relies too heavily on freelance"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at ESI Design

      Pros

      Fun place to work, everyone is nice and supportive

      Cons

      Relies too heavily on freelance workers, even at a very experienced level.

      ESI Design2017-12-12
    • "A great place to work"

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      Former Employee - User Experience Designer in New York, NY
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at ESI Design full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      Collaborative environment. Creative Studio vibe. Very inclusive

      Cons

      Need better process and team organization.

      ESI Design2017-11-27
    • Helpful (1)

      "Great people and positive work environment"

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      Former Employee - Physical Design Lab in New York, NY
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at ESI Design part-time

      Pros

      company focused on experience design / transformative digital & physical spaces smart / talented people cross-discipline / engaging personnel relaxed / fast paced office Hard work is noticed and pays off. Formal but not rigid structure of management allowing your voice and to be heard.

      Cons

      If you don't like working hard or have an open mind, you may not thrive here.

      ESI Design2017-09-08
    • Helpful (1)

      "Current employee"

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

      I worked at ESI Design full-time for 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.

      ESI Design2017-04-10
    • Helpful (2)

      "Dream Job is Possible"

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

      I have been working at ESI Design

      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

      ESI Design2016-01-09
    • Helpful (6)

      "You will be fired."

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      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.

      ESI Design2015-12-22
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