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Esri Software Engineer Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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  • average salary, not a great career path of upward mobility (in 29 reviews)

  • There is no career growth here for most of the people no matter what you achieve (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Loved it"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    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 (8)

    "Politics"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Redlands, CA is cheap but for a reason

    You can sometimes see the mountains in the distance when the smog is thin.

    Cons

    There are NO incentives. No year-end bonus, no perks, no stock options, and not even a discount in the cafe at Esri.

    There is no career growth here for most of the people no matter what you achieve. Annual raises all fall within a small range.

    The average age is probably around 45 to 50 years old. It is not a start up company. You come here when your career is winding down or dead.

    Like any large corporation there are politics. At Esri, politics rule. If you can play politic and know nothing you will go far. If you are a technical person you will not go far.

    Management here is typically inexperienced at software development. The desktop product is successful. The web movement is unsuccessful.

    Esri is NOT located near the coast and not near Los Angeles. So do not believe you are relocating to southern California.

    Advice to Management

    Hire management with experience in software development and that care about the company's future.

  3. Helpful (10)

    "No innovation"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Esri full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Co workers were friendly
    Nice cafeteria
    Treed campus provides need shade in 115 + degrees summers
    Adequate parking for all buildings

    Cons

    Management is only interested in milking current product
    Lack of innovation
    No female leadership in higher management: old boys club

    Advice to Management

    None. They won't listen to anyone


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Family friendly working environment"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Family friendly working environment. Hourly paid.

    Cons

    Salary is lower than average IT industry .


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to start the career"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Esri (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work culture.. Good work life balance.. Good Managers.. Great office infrastructure and personal office room for every employee.. Sponsor visa and green card.

    Cons

    Poor career growth. Traditional management style... Not many cons because I loved working there.. It is an awesome company

    Advice to Management

    Hire more students right after college.. Increase salary of the employees.. Everything else is good.. It is the best company..

    Esri Response

    Mar 30, 2016 – Human Resources

    We're so happy to hear you had a positive experience as an Esri employee. Thank you for your comments, and best of luck in your new career endeavor.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to start out"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering in Redlands, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Esri full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very flexible hours
    Great work/life balance
    Treated as an equal by those with more experience
    Work with some pretty great technology

    Cons

    Management practices are somewhat unclear
    Not always clear who is in charge of a decision/employee/product

    Esri Response

    Nov 10, 2015 – Human Resources

    Happy to hear you've enjoyed your first year with Esri. We agree our technology is doing great things in the world! If you're ever uncertain about who's responsible for various aspects of product... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company, average location"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Excellent work/life balance.
    - You will work with some very smart and awesome people
    - They will provide you with resources including hardware if you request it

    Cons

    - The pay is only slightly above average
    - HQ Location: Although very close to LA, Redlands itself is a very small city with barely anything to do

    Esri Response

    Oct 14, 2015

    We appreciate you taking time to leave a review and are pleased to hear you enjoyed your time working here! We find one of the perks of living in or near Redlands is its central location to beaches... More

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Nice place to work."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging environment
    Plenty of smart people around
    Get to work on products being used around the world
    Good benefits

    Cons

    No career growth unless you chart your own course.
    Very low pay rises even after being recognized as doing an excellent job.

    Advice to Management

    Please reward and encourage/promote your best employees.
    Have more training options.

    Esri Response

    Aug 12, 2015

    We encourage our employees to be creative and flexible in their growth here and would absolutely like to have more training options to support this - please let us know what specifically you would... More


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Relaxed work, no pressure environment... But lacks of promotions and motivations. Slow moving."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Flexible schedule
    - Job stability
    - Paid by hours

    Esri is a company for family people. They are very flexible about work hours. If you kids need a doctor appointment just let your coworkers know you need to leave. When you will get home you can work remotely part of time. This is all because you get paid by hours worked.
    They send employees to conferences.

    Cons

    - Job stability
    - Lack of bonuses and motivation

    If you get hired in most cases you won't be fired. This is good if you are a good worker. But this is also works even if you are a bad worker. And this is a nightmare if you are a coworker of bad worker. There are people who are not performing well. This pulls entire team down. What is a fun to work intensively, deliver new product if a person in next office will is doing nothing for months and still will get the salary raise for the same 3-5% by end of year! And there is no way to fire such a person - he/she will be promoted and moved to another team. to another position... That is just unfair work.All this happens because such bad worker works with a team but reports to a manager who is no a part of a team, and could be in another city at all.

    There are no bonuses and almost no raise. You salary will be the same plus 3-5% per year. Well, this is almost guaranteed no matter how well / bad you will be working.

    There is no opportunity to grow - even move to another department / team is a big problem.

    Advice to Management

    - Fire your HR department and get new people there. They are not tracking individual performance, not asking for feedback from a team. They are not able to hire new people - positions remains open till Jack will kick them. You just need a new head of HR with real experience in software companies.

    - Build a strong hierarchy - managers should be a part of a team instead of staying aside, should be responsible for team success.

    - Provide bonuses for releasing products on time.

    - Increase horizontal mobility. If another team wants a developer for an interesting project I would like to be able to join the team. Current team manager should just receive 2 weeks notice - like if I would be leaving to another company.

    - Let developers choose what tools they need. It is just stupid when request of $30 software is declined but $2100 was spent to purchase product support which was never used.

    - Open a feedback line for employees. if there is an issue in a product then it is better if it will be reported by employee instead of being reported by a customer. If we will be able to provide feedback then our products will be better and better.

    - Your high management got professional experience at times of COM and desktop systems. Look around! It is web world now! Government customers are important but if you stuck and do not innovate / support new technologies because government sits on IE9 then company loose reputation! It doesn't make sense always reinvent the wheel where there are a lot of third-party products which could be used.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "start off slow but with time very rewarding"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Product Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Current Employee - Software Product Engineer in Redlands, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    small town
    very stable
    very little risk of downsizing
    great benefits --- essentially free healthcare!
    401k contributions
    hourly pay with bank for overtime
    after 5 years of hard work and initiative you can start career advancement

    Cons

    not much vacation
    low pay for industry giant
    takes a lot of time to make career progress
    some coworkers are unmotivated
    old timers are making so much money because of yearly raises and often contribute much less
    really hot climate in the summer

    Advice to Management

    reward people who do a great job
    cut the chaff to increase the financial benefit for those who excel