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Esri Riverside Reviews

Updated February 16, 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
  • Lack of career path for some roles (in 29 reviews)

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

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

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

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    • 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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "a pretty sweet place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Business Development in Redlands, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, laid back, family oriented, closely working together and great communication

    Cons

    average salary, not a great career path of upward mobility


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

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    • 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


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  5. "Positive experience"

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    • 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


  6. Helpful (4)

    "50% Good, 50% Bad"

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    • 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


  7. "Dynamic, Versatile, Private, Solid"

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    • 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.


  8. "good place to work"

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    • 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


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Product Engineer"

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    • 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).


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Like being back in high school"

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    • 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


  11. Helpful (2)

    "OK--but many growing pains"

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    • 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.



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