Esri Reviews

Updated 17 October 2014
Updated 17 October 2014
228 Reviews
3.1
228 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
  • There is no career path - pick your life's work and you will be just fine (in 17 reviews)

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

    Summer Intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The Campus is very nice with lots of trees. You get your own office. Most people are very nice and friendly, helpful.

    Cons

    they are not pursuing more innovative products.
    not clear career path.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Programmer Support Analyst

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

    I have been working at Esri full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great company, people are very friendly and helpful to achieve better carreer.

    Cons

    Compensation is low. not much to say.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Great place to start out and grow

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

    I worked at Esri full-time

    Pros

    Very stable, autonomy but not too much (depends on the team)
    Friendly people who love maps and GIS and want to make the world better
    Comfy pay (for Redlands) and hourly scheduling with flextime is great

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for learning and growth, conservative raises

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Don't forget your koolaid

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  7.  

    Large employer in a small town

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, full family health care coverage paid (mediocre insurance though). If you are hired at your current ability level you will be paid at the low end of the wage range due to the company's geographic isolation from the competition. If you work for a decent manager your work life will be good and mostly easy, if not, he or she will have the power to make it unpleasant.

    Cons

    If you accept a position below your ability level, you will never catch up to even the low end of the wage range inspite of any education and experience you possess or gain. It is very difficult to move around in the company and there is no preference given to employees for open positions within the company. No career path and no support from HR to find one. They talk about it but nothing is actually done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to listen to those in the company who have vision. Too many of those at the top can't see beyond their own silos.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    You would think that the global leader was better....you would be wrong.

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

    I worked at Esri full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Flexible work hours (some people don't even come to work)
    - No risk of being fired
    - Zero accountability (you can be lazy and no one cares)
    - Free Healthcare (for however long that holds up)

    Cons

    - Trying to sell like Salesforce (except without the commission or incentives)
    - Lazy people everywhere (you would think you were working at a government)
    - Career growth is about zero
    - Pay raises are 2-4% at best (make sure you get a good starting salary)

    I'm thoroughly convinced that the positive reviews are someone from Esri putting them on here. If you notice only the interns think this place is awesome. Trust me, having Esri is great on your resume, but don't come here if you're looking for advancement and career growth. There are pretty open about not commissioning their sales staff; which ultimately is perfectly fine That being said, then don't try to model your drive and processes like Salesforce. The people that work there get rewarded handsomely for their efforts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find out how many of your old guard are abusing the system and clocking extra hours for time they aren't working. I bet you're losing a ton of money from time-card theft that you don't even realize.

    Jack, you're doing great. It's time to revisit most of the organization though.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A good company overall, good work environment

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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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work environment, flexible working hours

    Cons

    a little bit out of date

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Overall, a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (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
  11.  

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

    • 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

    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

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