Esri Reviews

Updated 30 September 2014
Updated 30 September 2014
223 Reviews
3.1
223 Reviews
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Esri President Jack Dangermond
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Provides a great work life balance (in 14 reviews)

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


Cons
  • No career path and management is not motivated to cultivate the best (in 17 reviews)

  • No opportunity for career growth unless someone ahead of you retires or leaves the company (in 12 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Don't forget your koolaid

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support Analyst  in  Redlands, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Support Analyst in Redlands, CA (US)

    I have been working at Esri full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent benefits, great work environment, many opportunities for technical growth

    Cons

    Politics, old-school salary determination process, low salary, need more time off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider increasing sick/personal time as well as vaca. Consider moving into the 21st century of software companies with things like sabbaticals, on-site daycare, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A good company overall, good work environment

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work environment, flexible working hours

    Cons

    a little bit out of date

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Overall, a great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    well paid, comfortable environment, nice city

    Cons

    Get pidgeon holed fast, unorganized, becoming for too high on itself

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revisit the ratio of MBAs to geographers you are hiring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good technology direction, needs a few tweaks organizationally and this company will be around for a long time.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great technology, great clients, a great place to make an impact on government, business and society. Wide range of very innovative software and very talented staff that should keep company very competitive for years to come.

    Cons

    Very flat company structure. Well known for little room for advancement and relocation, only after threat of leaving company. Some mid management can be vindictive and selfish, senior management needs to be a better example.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recent years mid and senior management have lost team focus. Teams at times do not work well together, management should be top down examples of team building and management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company with lots of support for software sales at an entry or middle level.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Charlotte, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Charlotte, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    - Lots of marketing background for sales support
    - Good sales training
    - A standard in the industry.
    - Reasonable easygoing culture, easy to get along with and get support from colleagues.
    - Continues to grow.
    - Do you job and you could probably retire there
    - GREAT benefits

    Cons

    - compensation may not be the best in industry
    - very "flat" company organizationally
    - Upward career moves limited
    - Getting management support for sales needs can be frustrating.
    - Privately held and what happens after Jack leaves will be interesting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Permit more career changes within company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Diverse, Stable, Functional. A great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redlands, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA (US)

    I worked at Esri full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Lots of great people working at Esri. Dominant company in the market, you have the potential to have your work noticed and affect a lot of peoples daily lives. Great health care benefits. Relaxed environment (perhaps too relaxed).

    Cons

    Personal growth can be very slow, not much of a career path defined for young employees. Not many perks. Some teams have your typical political conflicts. Relaxed environment enables many people to produce little to no work at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to adopt a working environment similar to current day software companies to attract young talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Only the chosen few

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Esri full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Interesting work and software; good benefits, pretty campus

    Cons

    If you are not part of the click, life can be miserable and not chance to advance

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    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 (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redlands, CA (US)

    I have been working at Esri full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Laidback city, less stressful life

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

    I worked at Esri full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You'll love it if you want a less stressful life while you're still doing good work. There're few good teams at Esri. If you're lucky to join such a team, you will enjoy the benefits. Redlands cost of living is not too high (850'ish rent for 1 bhk place). If you don't like too much city buzz, you'll enjoy this quiet place and a relatively stress free job.

    Cons

    - More emphasis on QA
    - Profit sharing goes into 401k. Most employees prefer deposit in their paycheque :)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Project Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Redlands, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Redlands, CA (US)

    I worked at Esri full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Provides a great work life balance

    Cons

    Bad pay
    No career path
    No support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for experienced (non- esri vertan) employees to move up in management to provide innovation and new fresh approaches

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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