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  • average salary, not a great career path of upward mobility (in 30 reviews)

  • No career growth unless you chart your own course (in 18 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Good place to work in the Inland Empire"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Programmer in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Programmer in Redlands, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good culture, good people, and it's the only big software company in the Inland Empire

    Cons

    Changes are constantly happening in some departments that make it difficult and rather discouraging at times.

    Advice to Management

    The rock star workers quickly are noticed, don't just reward good work with more work...think promotions, payment increases.


  2. Helpful (25)

    "Run from this company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Programmer in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Programmer in Redlands, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If your definition of innovation is based on ideas from 10 years ago, this company is for you. Or you have zero expectations for career advancement then Esri is the right place. Or you just want to be treated like cattle, you've found your perfect job.

    Cons

    The emperor has no clothes sums up Esri. This company is so bloated with mediocre employees, it's almost hard to fathom for anyone who doesn't work here. Esri's software is beyond outdated and the founder is in some sort of denial that hurts the brain to hear the word "visionary" used to describe him. Esri has created an office park that they referred to as: "the campus". But unlike a real campus there are no new ideas happening here. In fact, there is no incentive to improve. No bonus, no rewards, no recognition for a job well done. There isn't even a free t-shirt given when you join, (you can buy one for $25 but first you have to share a room at the company conference if your manager approves you working at it). There is no joy working at Esri and once you get it, no other company wants anything to do with you.

    Advice to Management

    Management? The so called directors are just following direct orders from the founder. Do you honestly think these guys, (yes, they're all guys) could get a management job anywhere else? (if you answer yes... I've got some ArcGIS products to sell you!)

  3. Helpful (12)

    "A great place to ride off into the sunset?"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Programmer in Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Programmer in Redlands, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits (health, dental, vision, life, 401k with match, profit sharing). Beautiful campus. Nice people. You probably won't get fired.

    Cons

    I wanted to love this company so much. Everything seemed great (see Pros), but the longer I was there, the more I felt like something isn't right at esri. It just feels sleepy. There's no energy (maybe for the User Conference, but if you're not involved there - meh). It just feels like everyone there is resigned to the fact that they need to stay their 6 (or is it 7?) years until they're fully vested. Trust me, that is an ETERNITY!

    It honestly seems like a fantastic place to retire from. There isn't a lot of stress. Not much is asked of you. You can keep developing in the same technology forever and no on will bat an eyelash. But after 2 or 3 years there, I doubt you'll be relevant anymore in the real world.

    Like I said earlier, I wanted to love esri, but in the end I was just bored. And the thought of staying there for 6 years seemed like torture.

    Advice to Management

    Get some talented YOUNG managers to breathe some life back into esri (you'll need to pay them more than you're used to). This place just seems tired.


  4. Helpful (15)

    "Doesn't make sense for software engineers to work here"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Programmer in Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Programmer in Redlands, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits
    You'll never be asked to quit
    Only game in town for software

    Cons

    Zero upward growth. You will NEVER move up.
    Comically low salaries -- like 50-70% of anywhere else
    What you're hired for at Esri is your forever job. You will never learn new things or gain new responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to young, hungry people. Stop letting the people who got you rich in the 1990s tell you how to get rich in the 2010s.


  5. Helpful (13)

    "Going in the wrong direction."

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits - medical, dental and vision. Decent 401K and paid holidays.
    There are still good, passionate people who want to make a difference working here.
    Paid by the hour, so if you work more, you get paid more.
    Most staff have individual offices which is nice.
    There is a great mix of cultures, folks from different countries.

    Cons

    Senior management has lost its way. CEO has lost touch with the staff especially software development. Software is lagging. People are afraid to confront the head of software development. Unable to bring in new creative programmers. Recently they demolished marketing. No one knows why. Lack of clear strategy and vision.
    Raises are small and even those who don’t work hard get raises. Difficult to move up unless you are part of the “boys club”
    Not great vacation benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Do what is best for the clients and staff not yourselves. Build and open environment in software so staff can contribute in a healthy way. Hire a strong HR team to support staff.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Right place if you want a laid back atmosphere from beginning of your career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Development Programmer in Redlands, CA
    Former Intern - Software Development Programmer in Redlands, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Esri as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Good perks and benefits
    -Flexible timings

    Cons

    -Not competitive compensation
    -Long interview process for a full time offer even if you were an intern in the same company


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Ok for family, Not Ok for individuals who can work hard and need high pay"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Programmer in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Programmer in Redlands, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Less pressure,
    Family friendly,
    Insurance benefits,
    Comfortable office environment,
    Eco-friendly office with lot of trees and fish ponds

    Cons

    No significant pay rise,
    Sometimes boring work, very hard to push new innovations,
    No team based tasks and enthusiasm,
    Remote location,
    No nearby food places other than in-office cafe which is not open at all times

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay in par with industry standards

  8. Helpful (10)

    "Great place for the end of one's career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.