Esri - Great place for the end of one's career | Glassdoor
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"Great place for the end of one's career"

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Former Employee - Applications Programmer in Redlands, CA
Former Employee - Applications Programmer in Redlands, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Excellent benefits - Healthcare almost 100% covered for worker and family. Flex time.
Very stable
Paid overtime for "salary" workers

Cons

Very limited career growth possibilities - This is a largely flat corporate hierarchy. Everyone below director level is mostly equal. Titles and authority are not career based. Reorganizations in IT are frequent and people are moved up and down the structure arbitrarily.
Success is based on seniority, not merit - ESRI is not a meritocracy. One's influence is related to the amount of time spent working there, or who you know. Success and experience are secondary to long-term personal relationships.
No technological growth - ESRI uses very outdated technologies and is very skeptical to adopt anything new. New technologies threaten the comfort level of long term employees. Since seniority matters more than experience, any new technologies require serious uphill battles. An employee willing to make that case often ends up ostracized for threatening long term employees' positions.
Employee monitoring by fellow employees - Employees are encouraged, and sometimes rewarded, for monitoring fellow employees and reporting activity to management.
Old Guard of GIS - ESRI is successful for being the first and largest company in GIS. However, they are a desktop focused software product. They have failed to keep technologically relevant as companies like Google are rising to challenge them.
Siloed Divisions - Individual divisions function in silos and directors regularly compete/challenge each other for the pool of resources. It is not uncommon to have different groups all doing the same thing but different ways. There is very little cooperation between business units.
Lower pay - Expect salaries to stay below market price since you are compensated for overtime. The unspoken rule is that 45 hours/week is expected and brings your take home more closely aligned with market price. However, since there is no structure, there is no way to raise one's salary beyond 3-6%(-ish) a year for your entire career at ESRI.
Paid overtime for salary workers - There is no leniency in time spent since all time is billable to the company. During orientation, you are told to remember to clock out for the 5-10 minute walk to get food from the cafeteria and back. That 10 minute period is personal time and is expected to be considered as such. For a contractor or hourly worker, this is not uncommon. However, a salary employee may find it challenging.

Advice to Management

Create a structure where seniority is secondary to experience and merit. Reduce the influence of long term employees who have very limited interest in growing outside of outdated business models. Bring on upper management that has experience in the online marketplace.

Other Employee Reviews for Esri

  1. Helpful (11)

    "Overall assessment"

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

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

    Pros

    Paid health insurance and some friendly co-workers although they take awhile to get to know.

    Cons

    Disjointed, controlling and uninspiring management. Pay way below standard given the pressure and expectations. Not much in the way of backslapping with this organization. Intimidation seems to be the management style to extract what they perceive is acceptable performance.

    Advice to Management

    Try listening to people. Try exuding some authentic enthusiasm. Stop burdening people with an obsessive compulsion to babysit a CRM tool.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Stable company but wasteful"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Redlands, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Esri full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Financially stable, nice campus, modern facilities and equipment

    Cons

    Shifting vision and priorities, poor management, underlying environment of tension and fear

    Advice to Management

    Spend some time talking and listening to employees dissatisfaction with changing priorities and lack of responsiveness from management.

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