Esri

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Esri Reviews

Updated 22 January 2015
Updated 22 January 2015
250 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.  

    Very nice place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager/Consultant in Redlands, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager/Consultant in Redlands, CA (US)

    I have been working at Esri

    Pros

    Excellent coworkers, customer oriented work is very interesting and you can learn a lot when the opportunity comes by.

    Cons

    Average pay, not a whole lot of upward mobility, management not geared towards supporting younger generation trends or growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more dynamic young blood

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Very happy.

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

    I have been working at Esri

    Pros

    Good company, values employees, responsible company, good benefits.

    Cons

    Lots to learn and it's every changing, but it can make it fun and a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More clear onboarding plan.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Esri Response

    Jan 20, 2015Human Resources

    Thanks for chiming in from Charlotte! We’re sorry to hear your onboarding experience fell short of your expectations and we will talk with the management team to see where we can improve.

  3.  

    Rewarding Career Move

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    The people are incredible to work with and our benefits are excellent - not only for employees but spouses and families as well.
    Our software really allows people to make a positive difference and that is a rewarding feeling.
    Redlands is a great town that is very family oriented and away from the "rat race".

    Cons

    Being a campus of a couple thousand people I understand that it is difficult to have large scale interactions...that being said, there are little to no opportunities for employees (who move to Redlands from around the world) with similar interests -- both personally and professionally-- to network.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue strongly pushing for communication to be more transparent throughout the entire company and support
    forums that allow employees to engage internally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Esri Response

    Jan 20, 2015Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. We are working on an initiative that will allow employees to network with each other in an open, fun environment. This will be a great way for ... More

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  5.  

    Amazing benefits

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

    I worked at Esri (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, people stay for a long time here

    Cons

    Very specialized work, pigeon holed very easily

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Applications developer

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

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

    Pros

    Good starter company. Laid back work environment. 401k. Dental and Vision.

    Cons

    No vertical growth. Terrible pay. No stock options.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Esri Response

    Jan 16, 2015Human Resources

    Thank you for your feedback. Even though Esri is a flat organization, employees have many opportunities to take on new projects and increased responsibility. If you feel this is not available to you ... More

  7.  

    A Slammed Foot in the Door

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

    I worked at Esri

    Pros

    The ever-expanding campus is kept relatively environmentally friendly and natural looking. Pretty good benefits (if you are full time). World renowned GIS software company in a little rural community. A comfortable place to work if you enjoy a very structured 8-5, low growth, same-old, same-old and no challenge.

    Cons

    First, DO NOT go in as a contracted employee! Your foot in the door...no such thing! The company is perpetually listing new job positions; however, if you keep your on eye on them, they also never hire for them. Looks great on paper, but the reality is more of a silent hire freeze. The company strongly emphasizes education, which is excellent; however, they fail to recognize knowledge or common sense. This creates a very resentful work atmosphere when you have individuals who have a "degree" but know nothing about business practices, organization or basic technology supervising individuals that have extensive work experience and knowledge to offer but are continuously blown off for lack of a degree. As a contracted employee, you will be treated as inferior. Put a lot of work and thought in to projects and day to day work only to have my contract terminated after over a year. Don't expect to take a sick day, an extra long lunch (approved by management) to go to your child's award ceremony or get tied up in a traffic delay; it will be held against you as a contracted employee...even after being contracted for over a year. Executive management has their priorities backwards and the employees pay for it, but don't get paid for it....but they'll remind you that your health insurance is completely paid for...if that's all you want out of a job, this would be a great place!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Down play the micro-management. Pay attention to the employees that are actually doing the work, not the ones that pretend to do the work. For a technology giant, the internal technology is almost embarrassing; Instead of building giant beautiful buildings, upgrade what already exists. Encourage departments with tools to improve their technology and work processes; support change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Contractors Beware

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

    I worked at Esri

    Pros

    Cafe on site, Pretty Campus, Good Benefits (if you're fulltime)

    Cons

    Terrible managment
    Politics here are more important than actually doing your job
    Contractors here are treated like they are dispensible and you are lucky if they "convert" you to full time. (Which rarely happens)
    Interview process took 3 months and it makes no sense why
    Told I was a great employee but then let go on final day of my contract

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employees that actually want to do a good job not those who play politics and do the least amount possible

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Esri Response

    Jan 15, 2015Human Resources

    We appreciate your feedback. We typically utilize contractors on a short-term basis to meet specific project timelines. Depending on business need, they are converted to regular full-time employees ... More

  9.  

    C# developer

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

    I have been working at Esri

    Pros

    Good job for beginners, very quiet and comfortable. big stable company.

    Cons

    Low salary, lack of evolution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay a bit more to employees

  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    A great place to ride off into the sunset?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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