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Esri Reviews

Updated July 23, 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. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Esri full-time

    Pros

    The teams are great and everyone seems committed to the work, the company, and their colleagues. You can volunteer to take on new projects and work with multiple departments to learn new skills.

    Cons

    It's busy with new projects and changes arising every week. If you aren't flexible or don't want a challenge, this isn't the place for you.

    Esri Response

    Mar 1, 2017

    We agree! It's exciting that we have the opportunity to collaborate with interesting colleagues around the world. Thank you for noting that we can define our own career path by taking on new... More


  2. "Excellent Culture, Benefits, and Work-Life Balance, but Base-Salary Could be Better."

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture (at least in the engineering division) is fairly relaxed and supportive of industry best-practices and new technologies. There is a clear focus on making career development paths explicit for new-hires especially and on retaining talent (as can be seen from the significant proportion of engineers with long tenures). The work-life balance is also good, and almost all employees are paid hourly so that your time is compensated appropriately. The benefits at Esri are also top-notch: all premiums for medical insurance are paid by the company and the insurance plans are some of the best out there (very low deductibles and allows you to choose your health care practitioner); 401(k) matching is modest, but Esri's contribution to retirement plans are supplemented with generous profit-sharing to-boot (so it all evens-out at the end of the day), and the fund selection is generally pretty good.

    Cons

    Compensation (base salary in particular) could be better when compared to the industry as a whole, especially since no stock-options are available as Esri is privately-owned. This is mitigated somewhat by profit-sharing and the excellent benefits, but even so the numbers are no better than slightly above-median pay. Don't apply thinking you'll be offered a compensation package anything comparable from that of a silicon-valley tech-giant or NY fin-tech firm.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Esri full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible schedule, great team culture, mission-driven organization

    Cons

    Pay is a little lower than I would like and it would be nice to have more company events where the employees get together.

    Advice to Management

    More team-building activities and engagement would be great.


  4. "Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Market leader in GIS with strong focus on analysis software. Privately held without the crazy quarterly hype to satisfy shareholders. Good work - life balance with fair compensation. 100% health care coverage, profit sharing in 401k

    Cons

    Growing pains to transition from family - owned company to large corporation. Company relies on charisma of CEO who is at retirement age.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Not so great"

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Redlands, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great library and nice grounds to walk on. Great peers to work with and very knowledgeable on technical issues. Good cafeteria

    Cons

    No flex time and abusive managers make Esri and second rate company for any technical professional to work at. A lot of clock watchers and folks who disappear from 12 to 3 everyday.

    Advice to Management

    Become more progressive.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great work environment and benefits"

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

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

    Pros

    -Good benefits
    -Good work-life balance
    -Work with coworkers and customers in a positive professional environment
    -Work benefits business, government, social, and environment initiatives
    -Tuition reimbursement and fellowship grant opportunities

    Cons

    -Lack of good career growth/path opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    -Feedback from customer facing employees should be given greater value in decision making.

    Esri Response

    Jul 11, 2017 – Esri

    Thank you for your 10+ years of service! We agree - as employees, we receive amazing benefits and it's so inspiring to see how Esri technology is making a difference in the world. We encourage you... More


  7. "Program Director"

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

    I have been working at Esri full-time

    Pros

    Leading company in the field, lot of very smart people, stable work environment with lots of training opportunities. Collegial.

    Cons

    Not many. This is a typical larger company --- suites many people very well. But it is not a "super exciting" place.

    Esri Response

    Jul 11, 2017 – Esri

    Thank you for your feedback. We'd love to hear your thoughts on programs or activities you'd like to see offered. Feel free to reach out to your HR business partner or another member of the HR team.... More

  8. Helpful (3)

    "The science of where"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Esri (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Healthcare benefits are excellent & grow in value as your number of dependents increases.
    Access to dev, product, mgmt - Org is very flat
    Job security is similar to academy tenure

    Cons

    HQ is located in smoggy run down redlands
    Pay is below the market
    No career track. Be prepared to find contentment with holding the same role for 20 years.

    Advice to Management

    Leave Redlands


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Middle of the Road"

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    Current Employee - Sales Team in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Sales Team in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Flexible hours*
    -Lack of micromanagement*
    -Excellent medical insurance
    -Standard 501K package
    -Annual profit sharing deposited in 401K
    -Opportunities to learn more about Esri technology, GIS, and other technology platforms

    *These vary depending on your position and your team. I personally know numerous coworkers on different teams who do not have flexibility and are very micromanaged.

    Cons

    -Lack of clear growth paths/opportunities for lateral position changes
    -Very poor annual leave and sick leave policies
    -Stressful environment (everyone in the company is hourly and there is a huge workaholic culture). If you want to work less than 45 hours/week, you do not want to work here.
    -Corporate level micromanagement
    -Culture of cliques (you have to be one of the cool kids)

    Advice to Management

    -Change annual leave and sick leave policies
    -Eliminate the clique-ish attitude which alienates many of your employees leading to frustration and feelings of no matter how hard I work I am never rewarded or recognized like others
    -Identify clear paths of opportunities for employees to change positions or move up the "corporate ladder"


  10. "Has possibilities depending on what you want to do or create"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Esri full-time

    Pros

    You can meet people who are passionate to change the world, do the best for their clients.

    They can change the world.

    Work life balance can exist if you want it.

    Quiet town, great place to raise a family or carry on a quiet life but close enough to LA and outdoor activities

    Cons

    Teams can be a bit siloed off from each other. Politics can get in the way.

    Teams outside of development teams may not feel empowered.

    Advice to Management

    Create an environment to empower people and enable a fast fail or exponential possibilities.


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