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"Not Good"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Esri full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Esri products are recognized in the GIS industry.

The dress code is casual.

If you want to learn GIS or expand your GIS skillset, Esri is the place to work.

Cons

Esri is not a good employer.

The compensation is very low. Esri has an annual review process for employees, but the merit determinations feel less like a fair and balanced assessment of contribution and skill than an arbitrary judgment pulled out of a hat.

There is no career development or opportunity for advancement. Understand that. None. Unless you’re willing to sacrifice 10 to 15 years of your professional life while earning a low salary to become “one of the gang.”

Management is hit or miss. Don’t expect to interact with anyone in management other than your immediate supervisor. Esri has a very defined chain-of-command employees are expected to follow.

The benefit of "flexible" work schedules mentioned on the web site is misleading. Good luck arranging something that works for you.

Communication throughout the organization is very poor.

Benefits are on the low side of average. Many benefits listed on Esri’s website are only available in Redlands.

Advice to Management

* Don’t belittle employees with micromanagement.

* Reduce the number of managers to people who are proven and competent. Provide management training to all managers. Require them to attend yearly continuing education.

* Encourage more communication among employees of all levels. Require managers and directors to actually meet with and talk to their team members more than once or twice a year and to honor the open-door policy. Ensure all employees show respect to each other at all times.

* Encourage and reward career development. Establish career paths and encourage employees to pursue their professional goals.

* Increase incentives offered to employees throughout the organization, not just in Redlands. (Your onsite gym doesn’t mean much to an employee in NYC.)

Until some major changes occur, do not consider a position with Esri.

Other Employee Reviews for Esri

  1. Helpful (15)

    "Lack of Trust"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Esri full-time

    Pros

    work life balance
    medical/dental
    nice campus

    Cons

    Management expects employees to do more work without the pay and they go home early. Management doesn't trust their employees and plays favorites. No career path within the company. Transitioning to another department for better work opportunities is nearly impossible. Job descriptions do not exist once you've been in the company for more than 3 years.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate current employees and promote within. Document career paths for current positions.


  2. Helpful (10)

    "Look elsewhere. This place is a nightmare."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Esri full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great technology. If you love GIS.
    Nice people (peers)
    Beautiful campus

    Cons

    Pay absolutely sucks
    (long hours, no overtime rate, 30% below market avrage)
    Zero career growth
    (in fact you may seriously damage to your career if you stay too long)
    HR is actively hostile
    (I've never experienced anything like it - this management style is 100 years old. Fear and intimidation is how you motivate people?! Most of the employees just pray they don't receive a call from HR. Most get do by falling for one of the many traps HR sets such as questioning you about sites you visit even if you do so on your lunch break)
    Micromanagement
    (In fact I have to give Jack some credit here. He has brought micromanagement to an entirely new level, a level I never thought was possible in an organization of this size)

    Basically this is just another 3rd tier company. After having worked for some 1st and 2nd tier players I can honestly say I am really glad the ESRI experience is history.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up

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