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ESI Design Reviews

Updated December 11, 2017
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  1. "A great place to work"

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

    I worked at ESI Design full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Collaborative environment. Creative Studio vibe. Very inclusive

    Cons

    Need better process and team organization.


  2. "Relies too heavily on freelance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun place to work, everyone is nice and supportive

    Cons

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

  3. "Great people and positive work environment"

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    Former Employee - Physical Design Lab in New York, NY
    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.


  4. "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.


  5. 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


  6. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  7. "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.

  8. "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.


  9. "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.


  10. "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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