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Esri Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Esri has excellent work-life balance - flexible hours, work from home - just deliver results (in 39 reviews)

  • Good company to work for, great benefits (in 35 reviews)

Cons
  • average salary, not a great career path of upward mobility (in 29 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Management are bullies and micro manage"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Esri full-time

    Pros

    Profit sharing and nice campus

    Cons

    They pay low wages and it really depends on the department you are in. Most people are stuck there because there is a perceived notion that it's is a safe company and environment, that is simply not true. Most are scared to leave and management knows that, that is why they try to control them. Not a healthy enviornment

    Advice to Management

    Go back to your pre-2009 days, fire some of your management because they are some bad ones, provide ways for workers to move up and have some dignity, esp in your lower paid positions, pay your landscapers fair wages, help employees work in their strengths, not try to fit in a corporate box


  2. "Outstanding company to work for and highly rewarding"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Esri part-time

    Pros

    Esri is a great place to work!

    Cons

    Pay is slightly below industry average.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "If the shoe fits...."

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

    I worked at Esri full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, cool people, beautiful campus, can be very interesting work.

    Cons

    Very flat org so very few people progress upwards, still some pervasive 'old school' philosophies (ie look at the number of senior managers who are women.....), pay is mediocre.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Administrative Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, except amount of PPL is lower than most companies.
    Friendly and positive staff.
    Casual attire is okay when not meeting with clients.
    Great professional development training courses.
    Great hardware and software provided to all employees. Lots of opportunities for improving your technology skills. They use state of the art business software, such as Lync for videoconferencing.

    Cons

    Business development realigns frequently due to changes in the market. There is poor communication from the top when the organization realigns. This also means you have to be okay with your team and sometimes your manager constantly changing.
    Some managers do things last minute, which causes staff to have to scramble and work late to meet a deadline or prepare a presentation.
    Overtime is not easily approved for admins. Admins are expected to work from 8 to 5 and are not allowed to work from home. This is a pro as long as you can get your job done during regular business hours. If it is a busy time of year, the pressure is on the admin.
    Admins don't get paid when the office closes due to inclement weather because they cannot work from home. They can "get paid" if they use their PPL during closures. This matters more in the regional offices where it snows.
    Admins don't have good opportunities for job advancement.
    There is no flextime for admins, so if you need to leave early one day you can't make it up another day.
    Business software changes and you have to learn on the job, so you have to be the type of admin who can teach yourself new software.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate changes in company from the top more quickly and directly. Your managers often fail to pass on the information.
    Give admins flextime and the approval to work from home on snow days.
    Increase PPL for admins by one week.


  6. "Great company-- the only limit is your energy level and willingness to build great connections and business"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Owner in Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Product Owner in Redlands, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Esri full-time

    Pros

    Freedom to build the products and business that the market wants. You'll notice lots of 20-30 year employees, So once you start you may find yourself staying.

    Cons

    Lots freedom means lots of ambiguity.... if you don't like the sound of that, well...also, may be a struggle to get the human resources you need when working in new markets

    Esri Response

    Mar 1, 2017

    Thank you for your feedback. Best of luck in your future endeavors!


  7. "Positive experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company culture
    ESRI is hoping to hire interns full-time
    A lot of other interns which gives you a community of people to explore the area with
    Professional development and commitment to intern experience (including a few staff members dedicated to you)

    Cons

    Hard to get an internship as an undergrad mostly dedicated for people who could easily get full-time jobs elsewhere
    Redlands, though it has its redeeming qualities, doesn't have too too much to offer

    Advice to Management

    Try to modernize. I know that it's not necessarily fair but comparable companies have cool couches, ping pong tables and things like that. ESRI has a lot of cubicles.

    Esri Response

    Jan 18, 2017 – Human Resources

    We're so thrilled you had such a great #esriexperience! We're taking applications now for this summer's internship program, so if you know someone who may be a fit have them check out ... More


  8. Helpful (5)

    "50% Good, 50% Bad"

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


  9. "Dynamic, Versatile, Private, Solid"

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

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

    Pros

    On-time paychecks, steady/consistent raises, dynamic environment, good benefits, great location, dedicated employees with can-do attitude

    Cons

    Private company leaves decisions to 1 - 2 individuals, processes for decision making is sometimes counter-intuitive, no real promotion ability, cost-benefit analyses aren't really considered/thought-through

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to ideas from employees, trust middle management more, provide more growth opportunities within teams, try to be more accountable for guidelines/direction -- don't flip-flop on decisions so easily

    Esri Response

    Jan 18, 2017 – Human Resources

    Thank you for your 10+ years with Esri! We always appreciate hearing feedback from our employees.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Education Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Educational Specialist in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Educational Specialist in Broomfield, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Secure, pay is just OK but cost of living raises yearly, great benes including free health care for the whole family, old school so they take care of employees

    Cons

    Vertical structure, hard to move up, or anywhere; private company with deep pockets means expectations are low and deadlines are soft (I'm so bored). And, old school can be bad too, for example, working from home takes special permission, even though Broomfield is a remote office anyway

    Advice to Management

    There are some silos happening that should be broken down. And, people's perceptions of a horizontal structure that makes it easy to move around are from the 1980's I'm guessing; it's very vertical with middle managers being added all the time. As they said in the movie Office Space, "I have eight bosses right now, Bob!".

    Esri Response

    Jan 6, 2017 – Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. We want our employees to do work that is meaningful and challenging to them. If you are interested in exploring other opportunities at Esri ... More


  11. "Great Organization"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent mission, excellent colleagues, and overall an amazing company. I have had many doors opened for me and love the jobs I've held over the years.

    Cons

    Pay could be improved, as well as the model for pay increases when new positions are taken on. More sick days would be an additional bonus.

    Esri Response

    Dec 21, 2016 – Human Resources

    We're happy to hear you're having a great #esriexperience! And thank you for your 8+ years of service. Your dedication is appreciated.



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