Esri

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Esri Reviews

Updated 16 December 2014
Updated 16 December 2014
241 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Provides a great work life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • great benefits --- essentially free healthcare (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no career path - pick your life's work and you will be just fine (in 18 reviews)

  • No opportunity for career growth unless someone ahead of you retires or leaves the company (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Associate

    I worked at Esri

    Pros

    Benefits are awesome!!!! Learning all the time. Willing to train.

    Cons

    Hard to move up within the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place for experienced professionals, not so great at developing people early in their careers.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

    I have been working at Esri full-time

    Pros

    Outstanding health care benefits.
    Lots of passionate GIS professionals who are really drive transformational change with the organizations they work with.
    Company culture is to support customers, at all levels. Not just lip service here. Sales plans are developed and executed to support organizations rather than just sell software.

    Cons

    Internal movement is difficult.
    The learning environment for new employees, or employees new in their careers varies dramatically depending on managers and pyramids.
    Work/Life balance is a significant issue. Travel is expected to be done after hours, weekend calls and meetings. Everyone paid by the hour. Competitive offers are based on 50 hour work weeks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company if your rank and file

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

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

    Pros

    Healthcare is included
    Paid for the time you put in, not the revenue you bring in
    Nice people
    User conference

    Cons

    Big disconnect between sales and upper management
    Employees abuse the hourly pay - self reported time cards
    Not direct compensation based on performance
    Merit increases are minimal after 3-4 years regardless of performance
    Market share is dwindling as new offerings are being included in other enterprise technologies I.e. Mapping in BI systems and google plug ins

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your top performers
    Move sales away from hourly pay- this makes no sense and limits their marketability for sales roles after ESRI - by design I assume.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great place to ride off into the sunset?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Programmer in Redlands, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Applications Programmer in Redlands, CA (US)

    I worked at Esri full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits (health, dental, vision, life, 401k with match, profit sharing). Beautiful campus. Nice people. You probably won't get fired.

    Cons

    I wanted to love this company so much. Everything seemed great (see Pros), but the longer I was there, the more I felt like something isn't right at esri. It just feels sleepy. There's no energy (maybe for the User Conference, but if you're not involved there - meh). It just feels like everyone there is resigned to the fact that they need to stay their 6 (or is it 7?) years until they're fully vested. Trust me, that is an ETERNITY!

    It honestly seems like a fantastic place to retire from. There isn't a lot of stress. Not much is asked of you. You can keep developing in the same technology forever and no on will bat an eyelash. But after 2 or 3 years there, I doubt you'll be relevant anymore in the real world.

    Like I said earlier, I wanted to love esri, but in the end I was just bored. And the thought of staying there for 6 years seemed like torture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some talented YOUNG managers to breathe some life back into esri (you'll need to pay them more than you're used to). This place just seems tired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad Culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Esri full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of smart people to work with, stable work, free health insurance. Looks ok on resume if you stay in field. Again, the thing I'll remember about esri is some of the people I was privileged to work with.

    Cons

    Management is hit-or-miss, with more misses than hits. People that work here know that they can't do anything else; they know it and the company knows it and it shows. That's the price for getting a degree in geography. Even though most of the people were pretty ok, I never saw many smiling faces. Everyone always seemed sad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    More positive than negative

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

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

    Pros

    Privately owned so you don't deal with the typical pressures of a public company. Very creative, high energy environment. Ideal for self starters, passionate people. Mostly very flexible, agile and very customer focused.

    Cons

    CEO is a visionary but obsessed almost to a fault. Next tier leadership is territorial, always positioning, reactive, judgmental.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to listen, lot of lip service about listening but it's clear the circle of valued input is shrinking ever smaller.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company and people to work with

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Redlands, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Redlands, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    If your passion id GIS - this is the place to be in.
    The people are great.

    Cons

    Conservative salaries.
    HQ is in Redlands. A small quite conservative town. If you come from a big city or used to the ocean breeze you might not like it here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company lost it's start-up mentality and is focused on erecting new buildings.
    Promote innovation. Take risks. stop playing catch up and compensate achievers. Restructure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Going in the wrong direction.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Programmer in Redlands, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Programmer in Redlands, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits - medical, dental and vision. Decent 401K and paid holidays.
    There are still good, passionate people who want to make a difference working here.
    Paid by the hour, so if you work more, you get paid more.
    Most staff have individual offices which is nice.
    There is a great mix of cultures, folks from different countries.

    Cons

    Senior management has lost its way. CEO has lost touch with the staff especially software development. Software is lagging. People are afraid to confront the head of software development. Unable to bring in new creative programmers. Recently they demolished marketing. No one knows why. Lack of clear strategy and vision.
    Raises are small and even those who don’t work hard get raises. Difficult to move up unless you are part of the “boys club”
    Not great vacation benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what is best for the clients and staff not yourselves. Build and open environment in software so staff can contribute in a healthy way. Hire a strong HR team to support staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to start with. You will learn a lot.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Redlands, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Redlands, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Everybody gets an office. You can expect to work on challenging projects depending on group you work for. Schedule is flexible. It has research environment. Jewel of Inland Empire.

    Cons

    Nothing for this section. Great company in the middle of no where.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great employer in terms of work-life balance, benefits, and promotion opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA (US)

    I have been working at Esri

    Pros

    -Work-life balance means a lot here
    -Ability to take long vacations if desired
    -Benefits are better than average and transparent
    -Open communication with any team/unit in the company
    -Growing company
    -Very diverse workforce, unlike many tech companies
    -Many positions are paid hourly, allowing for more a flexible schedule when needed
    -Large percentage of new/vacated positions filled internally, so lots of room for vertical and lateral movement in theory
    -Much of leadership/management has been promoted from entry level and have been with Esri for 5-10 years
    -College campus-like environment
    -Geography-centric more than coder/programmer-centric

    Cons

    -Much of leadership has been promoted from a technical position of some sort and do not generally make good leaders, as few have any formal training or past leadership experience
    -You need to put in some time here to move forward, generally around 2 years but sometimes much longer. However once that is complete many doors can open up but may require going in a new technology direction, since many teams aren't very big and are very specialized
    -Redlands is a nice safe town but it's a bit of a "Esri island" as there aren't any similar tech opportunities nearby, and could seem boring to a young professional both professionally and socially
    -The main campus is a nice work setting similar to a college campus but not all positions work on the campus, even in Redlands. There are numerous satellite offices throughout town
    -Raises are small

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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