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Esri Reviews

Updated March 29, 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 (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


  2. "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.


  3. "good place to work"

    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 5 years)

    Pros

    flexible
    great benefits
    find your own path

    Cons

    management can be slow to evolve


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  5. "Decent company, okay management, could be more competitive"

    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 full-time

    Pros

    - laid back, friendly environment
    - good work/life balance
    - room for growth
    - private co

    Cons

    - too laid back
    - not as competitive as they can/should be
    - average benefits
    - below average perks
    - should IPO


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Product Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working conditions, benefits, profit sharing and flexible hours. It's a solid company, investing a large amount in research and product improvement.

    Cons

    Abysmal management, no career and professional development path, and if you are not part of the "founders" your voice is not heard - there are no mechanisms in place to provide input. Becoming a "large" company, mired in red tape. They prefer employees that do one thing well (and only one).


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Like being back in high school"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The mission of the company makes it one of the best to work for. Plus the benefits are great. The location is beautiful. It is work you can believe in. The CEO, Jack, is a true visionary of our time.

    Cons

    Management is not promoted from within, but almost always hired from outside the company. Very few people are part of the 'in' crowd, which means you will work harder year after year but get less recognition. It is very cliquish.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time developing your internal talent, and you will have happier, more productive employees. Many of us were willing to go the extra mile, but get squashed behind managers who can't see beyond their own scope of work.

    Esri Response

    Dec 21, 2016 – Human Resources

    We appreciate hearing your feedback. We agree that Esri’s mission is what drives each of us to do our best work. Our Training and Development team offers a wide range of courses geared to helping our ... More


  8. Helpful (5)

    "It's a love/hate relationship at times, but mostly love!"

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

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

    Pros

    If you are driven and take pride in your work and want to make Quality software for millions of users, then this is a place to thrive. If you want to blend in and be beige like the building interior colors you can probably do that too and make a good living, but you will be noticed as such by your colleagues, rather than by the flat management structure (some of us call this culture). I'm sure you've all read reviews that were negative, but this place is really fantastic. My bosses always told me to make my own career here and that is what I've tried to do. It's worked out for me.

    -Benefits are great as well.

    Cons

    You accrue vacation instead of just getting 4 weeks on Jan 1 every year.

    There are some politics, but they aren't like national politics so it's not that hard to maneuver with common sense approaches.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate the 20% of R&D that actually puts the effort in (works at midnight or code freeze times or meets deadlines and deliverables consistently) to make the products we sell. I'm tired of losing friends to Google or Amazon or whoever else is huge and pays better.

    Esri Response

    Dec 16, 2016 – Human Resources

    We appreciate your feedback. Your comment about making your own career at Esri is on point. It's rewarding to be in an environment where we have the opportunity to really focus on work we enjoy ... More


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Solid Company"

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


  10. Helpful (2)

    "OK--but many growing pains"

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

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

    Pros

    Stellar benefits
    Casual dress/environment
    Beautiful campus
    Some flexibility w/ schedules
    Travel
    Autonomy

    Cons

    Low pay
    Slow approvals for everything
    Poor communication across groups
    Poor structure
    No clear path forward
    Indecisive leadership

    Advice to Management

    Esri could be even more successful w/ happier employees--create a positive and communicative environment with more room for growth.

    Esri Response

    Dec 16, 2016 – Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments. We wish you the best in your new career endeavor.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Great Career - Ended Badly"

    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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Esri full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Awesome technology
    The teamwork around Esri was, maybe still is, very invigorating and positive when I started more than 20 years ago. And the concept of be interested, not interesting is invaluable.
    It was a very flat organization structure, and Senior managers were always available.

    Cons

    The environment is changing. Lately, I was graded on how interesting I was, in a negative way.

    Senior Management is now getting over obligated on outside meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Management can spend some time outside, but should focus on staff they manage. The staff are achieving for/with you. Grow and evolve them successfully, and Esri will grow and evolve successfully.



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