Esri Reviews

Updated 10 September 2014
Updated 10 September 2014
219 Reviews
3.0
219 Reviews
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Esri President Jack Dangermond
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163 Ratings

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.  

    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 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
  3.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
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  5.  

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

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    • 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 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
  6.  

    Laidback city, less stressful life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Esri - Good benefits

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    • 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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Project Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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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