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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. "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.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Product Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to learn
    Offers Health Insurance (not free though)

    Cons

    * Salary will be below the average, way below. You will be told it is because Esri is the best GIS company in the world and that is your reward
    * Extremely high level of politics
    * Poor management
    * No reviews (only one per year)
    * It's not innovative (the average age is probably 50)
    * Redlands is isolated and near nothing (1 1/2 hours from LA and 2 hours from the coast), do not let HR tell you otherwise

    Advice to Management

    Replace management
    Recruit managers with experience managing in software companies
    Keep employees informed


  3. "Great place to work!"

    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 collaborative environment and benefits.

    Cons

    None that I can think of at this time.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great employer. Determine your own future"

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

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

    Pros

    Self initiated. Very little handholding Can take on addl tasks or responsibilities to make yourself more aware of cross functional teams and begin building your reputation as a problem solver

    Cons

    You take control yourself - fine for most of us that are mature enough to do so Some of the newer staff expect a "career path" but the entire company is yours to excel in

    Advice to Management

    More regular company briefings would be good

    Esri Response

    Sep 28, 2016 – Human Resources

    We agree! One of the rewards of being an Esri employee is the ability to work on projects of interest that will help us grow as individuals while contributing to business needs. Thank you for taking ... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "It could be worse"

    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

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Job Security
    Colleagues
    Insurance fully paid for

    Cons

    Still run like a mom and pop shop
    no investment into new tech
    benefits outside of the insurance are pretty 'meh'


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of pros, some cons... it's what you make of it!"

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

    Pros

    Company has a good purpose and vision. They truly wish to empower their customers to be successful with GIS. Incredibly stable place to work, with some flexibility in hours. Depending on the position, there usually is not an expectation to work after business hours.

    Cons

    Too many staff, processes, and middle managers to feel effective. Departments are silo'ed and don't work together to benefit the company as a whole. There can be a lack of accountability. Many managers lack experience and skill to encourage growth in their staff. Some internal systems are homegrown and result in withering of skill sets for staff.

    Advice to Management

    Be .leaders instead of managers


  8. Helpful (14)

    "Not so great!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editor in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Editor in Redlands, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, cafe, nice buildings.The employees are friendly and fantastic!

    Cons

    Uncomfortable offices and chairs; no room for growth; increases are minimal (at best); HR is invisible when you need them; weather is too hot; Redlands is too expensive to live in; managers could improve on their employee skills; communication is nonexistent; always stuck with nowhere to turn; do not look here for a good job.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers based on their experience, understanding, and necessary employee skills; hire within; get somebody employees can trust; increases should be based on skill, dependability, reliability, and job duties, not just position. HR has no employee relations and should be replaced. Some are not given their federal and state rights, but are just denied outright.


  9. "Great place to work."

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

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

    Pros

    This is a great place to work The environment is fantastic and the benefits are amazing.

    Cons

    So far no complaints at this time.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Good Company with Room to Grow"

    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 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, on-site cafe, bank time, occasional travel in most departments, excellent benefits, great work-life balance, friendly culture. Offer incentives to employees like standing desks, events in the cafe, on-site benefits team, training opportunities, tuition assistance, and holiday breakfast.

    Cons

    Flat structure, so not much room to grow. Many managers are promoted based on favoritism, not management experience or work ethic. Same standards are not held equally across employees or departments.

    Advice to Management

    Promote more from within and have annual reviews actually mean something. Hold employees and even managers accountable for their work ethic and results. Pay employees what market value is for their experience and work, not low-balling employees not even allowing them to keep $25 gift cards they receive. Cutting costs by taking away employee perks and opportunities to grow will be the downfall of the company.

    Esri Response

    Aug 31, 2016 – Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. Many Esri employees have been successful in growing their career here by proactively taking on new challenges. We encourage you to reach out to ... More


  11. Helpful (14)

    "Could be great, but good for now"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good benefits, good people, good products. Jack is an inspiring leader.

    Cons

    Lack of accountability, complacency, little mobility, weak or incompetent managers. Since very few hold authority, getting things done is all about knowing people and coaxing/begging for favors. Good people are overworked. Raises and career devt are not so good so people lack motivation to grow. Since people don't move jobs much, they don't understand other parts of the organization; as a consequence, departments work against each other.

    Advice to Management

    Develop and inspire your people to make more money and grow professionally by working other positions or departments. People in the same job for years get uninspired, complacent.
    Promote from within, there is much underutilized talent.
    Trim the fat, there are many people that are not pulling their weight, not just because they’re slack, but because of poor management, clear goals and incentives.
    Reduce and refocus R&D and drive innovation in less, high quality products.
    Managers should have less direct reports.
    Empower people if you want to them to succeed. Being given goals without control or resources discourages.
    Get rid of managers that lack leadership skills, use intimidation, passive aggressive tactics.
    Promote a climate where managers want their people to move and grow, rather than holding onto them in the same positions.



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