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Esri Manager Reviews

Updated May 9, 2017
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  • average salary, not a great career path of upward mobility (in 29 reviews)

  • There is no career growth here for most of the people no matter what you achieve (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Redlands, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Esri full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, smart people, good collaboration environment

    Cons

    Salaries are not great for a tech. company, low yearly pay rises

    Esri Response

    May 12, 2017 – Esri

    We're happy to hear you are enjoying the culture and working with your colleagues here at Esri!


  2. "Do you want to change the world?"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Redlands, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's one of the most important social enterprises in the world, and punching far above it's weight class.

    Cons

    Because it's punching far above it's weight class, and it's a flat organization, the working environment can tend to be a bit reactive. This is changing and the organization and leadership are evolving towards more strategic (vs. tactics) modes of operations.

    Advice to Management

    Esri is the authoritative platform of content creators globally...get more editorial guts around the storytelling that align to Jack's core values...show the world what's beneath the deep iceberg that is Esri.

    Esri Response

    May 12, 2017 – Esri

    Thank you for recognizing that the organization has been working hard to focus on areas of opportunity as you mentioned. If you have ideas on how content can be better aligned, we encourage you to... More

  3. Helpful (8)

    "No/low professional growth opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Technical Manager in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Manager in Redlands, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Esri full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Work-life balance
    - Beautiful campus

    Cons

    - The Inland Empire is a horrible place to live and incredibly over priced
    - Low pay
    - If you're looking for a company you can grow with, Esri certainly isn't it. The organization seems completely disinterested with growing its own assets and relies almost entirely on hiring from the outside. You'll want to be very comfortable with the position you're originally hired for because you'll more than likely spend the next 20 years in it if you can stick it out that long.

    Advice to Management

    If you expect to retain the best and brightest, then you're going to have to start paying attention to their career goals.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "50% Good, 50% Bad"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Redlands, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Modern, college-like campus
    Flexible hours, personal freedom
    Good, not great, pay

    Cons

    Employees get caught in fights between the senior leaders
    Passive/aggressive management style
    Company is a collection of fiefdoms & they don't work well together

    Advice to Management

    Successful management styles of a small company do not work for a large one


  5. Helpful (9)

    "Solid Company"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stable, solid, and great brand.

    Cons

    Very old school. Does not realize strong potential of their GIS offering can go beyond just creating maps. Does not allow telecommuting.

    Advice to Management

    Be forward thinkers. You don't just make maps anymore, but you are a business intelligence tool. You hired professionals, so trust they can do the work even remotely.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great employer. Determine your own future"

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    Current Employee - Technical Manager in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Manager in Redlands, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Esri full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Self initiated. Very little handholding Can take on addl tasks or responsibilities to make yourself more aware of cross functional teams and begin building your reputation as a problem solver

    Cons

    You take control yourself - fine for most of us that are mature enough to do so Some of the newer staff expect a "career path" but the entire company is yours to excel in

    Advice to Management

    More regular company briefings would be good

    Esri Response

    Sep 28, 2016 – Human Resources

    We agree! One of the rewards of being an Esri employee is the ability to work on projects of interest that will help us grow as individuals while contributing to business needs. Thank you for taking... More


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Great Place to work with little career advancement"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Danville, CA
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Danville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Esri full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great benefits, good offices, below market salary

    Cons

    no career movement, too much politics, too much drama.

    Advice to Management

    Become a professional company and stop with the tricks played by directors.

  8. Helpful (16)

    "Disappointing Work Culture"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Redlands, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work Life Balance is phenomenal. Medical Benefits, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, and 401K plan are top notch. It's a very stable job.

    Cons

    Pay is way below national standards; for a billion dollar company, you'd think they would pay their employees more. Management is horrid.

    Advice to Management

    If there's one problem with Esri it is management and the enormous egos fighting for power wherever they can get it. From the onset, it seems like the perfect company to work for: great benefits, managers and leads are flexible with work hours (within reason), and the work they do is actually really good for the world. As I got to work on more and more projects, I was astounded at how petty people could be, especially when it came down to office politics. Though most managers tend to keep their negative comments about other employees on other teams behind closed doors, I've been witness to hearing appalling statements that should be kept out of a professional workplace. It's really astounding and extremely disappointing that such a great company can employ terrible people.

    For the most part, I would like to say the non-management employees are great people. They're extremely hard working and dedicated to what they do despite the constant roadblocks they face because of managers who try and assert their power over the decision making despite not knowing the full background of certain projects. You may think that they should, but they don't. There's a lot of blind trust that managers expect from their employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Product Manager"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Redlands, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Esri full-time

    Pros

    Good work environment
    Great Weather
    No commute!

    Cons

    development style is reactive (not innovative)
    Not everyone's voice is heard

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. Helpful (12)

    "Bloated marketing division with poor leadership"

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

    I worked at Esri full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can skate by doing the bare minimum and never be noticed, if you so choose to do so. Most people in marketing do just that. They learned it from watching the department headband managers.

    Cons

    Leadership is so busy with fighting each other that you rarely are given clear direction. Forget about coaching, mentorship, or career advancement. None of that happens at Esri. Each of the "middle managers" in marketing are mediocre at best, but will not admit their shortcomings. A few of them even lied on their resumes in order to get hired! They spend all day in meetings and answering emails. Marketing leadership tries to let its workers know everything is ok by having second-rate all hands meetings, but they are all for the purpose of stroking the CMO's ego. If you are passive-aggressive and love to tell people what they are not good enough to do, you will love this place. Industry solutions is no better - they are full of male chauvinists. They serve no real value other than schmoozing at trade show.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of most of marketing. There is so much dead weight. Your workers have been telling you what's wrong with the company, but you refuse to listen!