Esri Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
231 Reviews

3.0
231 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance, benefits, the employees, the campus (in 13 reviews)

  • Great benefits and time of for new parents (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no career path - pick your life's work and you will be just fine (in 15 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unlike any other company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Market leader, founded on solid moral values. Privately owned and therefore financially very stable. Very mature and diverse customer base.

    Cons

    Lots of 'dead wood' at the top of the management chain. Your success is very much related to who you know, and how you work the networks. Fine if you know how to operate like that, not so much for those who don't.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    An Internship that's like a real job

    • 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 as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Work on real projects
    Paid internship
    Great company with employees that love their job

    Cons

    Getting a full time job may be a challenge

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Relaxed place to work, great work-life balance

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

    I have been working at Esri full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, great leaders, great enviornment

    Cons

    Redlands is not the best location

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Good company to start with, has a lot of short falls

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

    I worked at Esri as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Hourly wages. Work load is less. Smart people don't work here, so you can get away with a lot of things

    Cons

    Esri hires random folks who don't have the right background which means they are adding a lot of bloat to the products and making things hard for the right folks. The top management do not keep a tab on products being worked on from satellite offices resulting in teams being driven by intuition as opposed to facts.

    Doing things the right way is often dismissed by saying 'Esri is not the company which does this or that this way'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hire the right folks. Make product and customer usage data available throughout the company for teams to make informed decisions. CEO needs to be more focused and competitive. Let's do few things in a great fashion than doing many great things,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Esri - Good benefits

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

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

    Pros

    Privately held and very fiscally sound, excellent health & dental benefits, fairly low-stress environment and the leader in GIS.

    Cons

    Many long-timers and very limited upward mobility. No clear path to move up in your career, non-standard job titles and job descriptions and limited opportunities to take on very visible projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get people in management that have proven leadership ability, not just people who have worked at Esri a long time, establish clear career paths for employees, and promote on abilities and skillsets not just tenure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    not bad

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

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

    Pros

    flexible work time, opportunity to learn new technologies.

    Cons

    some managers do not know how to manage a team well ...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    start off slow but with time very rewarding

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

    I have been working at Esri full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok for family, Not Ok for individuals who can work hard and need high pay

    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Less pressure,
    Family friendly,
    Insurance benefits,
    Comfortable office environment,
    Eco-friendly office with lot of trees and fish ponds

    Cons

    No significant pay rise,
    Sometimes boring work, very hard to push new innovations,
    No team based tasks and enthusiasm,
    Remote location,
    No nearby food places other than in-office cafe which is not open at all times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay in par with industry standards

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Plenty of learning opportunities. This is a great company to start your career at.

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

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

    Pros

    Esri is a very dynamic environment. It can be very frustrating for those who like structure but, you have a lot of autonomy and get to implement your ideas. I heard this is not true in all departments though.

    Cons

    Compensation and benefit package can be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on a better compensation package and a better career progression for your employees. Some are ready for something bigger and better and the company is not always ready for it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I had 4 supervisors.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redlands, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    The employees in my department were very courteous.

    Cons

    I had 4 supervisors. They did not communicate so I kept answering the same question. I was supposed to have one supervisor and one manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure everyone is on the same page.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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