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Updated March 22, 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 (1)

    "Loved it"

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

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot working there. Good people. Good work life balance. Lots of opportunities to take on new interesting work.

    Cons

    They're a little below the industry average for software engineer pay. But really it was worth it for what I learned there and for the mellow atmosphere.

    Esri Response

    Nov 9, 2016 – Human Resources

    We're so happy to hear you had a great experience while working here! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, and best of luck in your new career endeavor.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Not really a mid-career company"

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

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

    Pros

    Esri's customers are great. They really have attracted some of the best and brightest people to serve.

    Cons

    You would think that you would get more of an opportunity to practice and use GIS, but this is not the case once you are inside the company. If you are a practitioner, then this is not the place for you. Outside to the benefits plan, there are no additional incentives to working for the company. It consumes many hours of your time, for little to no reward. There is not structured career path or built in career growth in the company. Esri is known for being a creative company, but not when it comes to fostering employee growth and reward. They lose many employees that want to grow and succeed, because they do not respond to these employee’s needs. Because the company doesn’t have growth options or options to move laterally from one assignment to another it is very easy to get stuck in toxic environments or working for supervisors that may not be the best match for you. This is a bad situation, because no matter how well you perform individually, all that matters is what your supervisor assesses. Or what the environment around you is like. So essentially, once you are thrown into the cauldron, Esri will leave you there regardless of how hard you work. It’s a blame culture at Esri. Be ready for that. The people at Esri are also very ego driven and not very creative. The problem they have is they are a science company filled with a bunch of very smart people, that can’t take failure well; they are control freaks that don’t respect others job role sand functions and they don’t give clear guidance about goals and expectations and the is no evaluation system grounded in concrete metrics and incentives. If you have creative ideas and want to express them, don’t. You will find that most often it results in Esri management just ignores you, you will have no resources to implement the ideas and your peers are not incentivized to help (but they sure will steal your ideas).

    Advice to Management

    Key things to address:
    1. Build an incentive plan and offer a career path.
    2. Be clear about goals and expectations and be reasonable. You can't expect employees to do fantastical things that you can't do yourself.
    3. Focus your priority on the employees and let the employees take care of the customers.
    4. Develop a review system that is connected to concrete/achievable metrics. Stop being vague and wishy-washy when it comes to review time. Its clear that management is not connected to what their employees are doing, what their challenges are and resonating that back during review. Its very clear that management doesn't read the reviews. Also, management doesn't engage in developing metrics with employees for next year goals. I think that there could be more done to improve this.
    5. Make sure that employees are reliable and being truthful about their commitments to others. People in this company are so motivated to do their own thing that they lie to colleagues or go behind their back, this is a very hard and toxic environment to work in.
    6. Build opportunity for employees to be creative and provide resources for them to execute ideas.
    7. Don't throw employees under the bus with customers by leaving them high dry, just because the management team wants to maintain a status of friendship with the customer. Again, its not managements job to manage the relationship its the employees. Management should be supporting the employee on being successful.


  3. "Great Company and Benefits"

    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

    Pros

    Great Company and benefits. Really smart group of people to work with.

    Cons

    Not a while lot to write here.


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  5. "Spatial Data Librarian Intern"

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

    Pros

    The true leader in GIS industry which could help you borden your sight in GIS

    Cons

    If you expect free food like Google or Facebook, you might get disappointed


  6. "Summer Intern"

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

    I worked at Esri (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - cohesive intern class
    - great town to live in
    - work environment was flexible
    - interns were entrusted with meaningful work

    Cons

    - As far as I was concerned there is nothing worth mentioning in this section.

    Esri Response

    Oct 26, 2016 – Human Resources

    Great to hear! And your experience of having meaningful work is something we strive for with all our interns. Whether it's building a new app or seeing their work on the plenary stage in front of ... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "internship as coop for school year"

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

    Pros

    got to work with one of the best teams

    Cons

    wasnt as interested in gistech systems


  8. "Summer Internship"

    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
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, intern hackathon has high bars, User conference is a great experience if you are a GIS enthusiast.

    Cons

    If you aspire to grow quickly up in the chain, the growth structure is not steep

    Esri Response

    Oct 26, 2016 – Human Resources

    We're glad to know your Esri internship was such a positive experience. The hackathon should be even bigger and better next year. We are now accepting applications for summer 2017, so spread the word! ... More


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Software engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA

    I have been working at Esri full-time

    Pros

    Friendly, family-work balanced, nice quietly town and location. Work could be fun based on which team you are in. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    No good career plan and mentor.

    Esri Response

    Oct 26, 2016 – Human Resources

    We appreciate your feedback, and want to make sure you are receiving the support you need to have a successful career with us. We encourage you to reach out to your manager or HR business partner to ... More


  10. "Great Place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Product Engineer Intern in Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Product Engineer Intern in Redlands, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work environment is friendly and productive. There is a real connection to the users and it makes the work feel meaningful and fulfilling. The management is flat so it is fairly easy to have ideas heard. All teams practice scrum.

    Cons

    It can take a little time to get introduced to the product. Redlands is a nice town but it can get a little hot in the summer and it never rains.

    Advice to Management

    I don't really have much to say other than keep it up. It clear that Esri has shaped the GIS community and that wouldn't have been the case if Esri didn't focus so much on what the users want. Overall, I think Esri does a great job listening.

    Esri Response

    Sep 28, 2016 – Human Resources

    We're glad to hear your internship experience was a great one! Thanks for taking the time to leave us your comments. Good luck in your future career endeavors.


  11. "Good company"

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

    I have been working at Esri full-time

    Pros

    Good company to work for, great benefits.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.



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