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Esri Reviews

Updated 6 January, 2018
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  • average salary, not a great career path of upward mobility (in 30 reviews)

  • No career growth unless you chart your own course (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "GIS applications specialists"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Some pros would be the people that work there, the job opportunities, and the flexibility to move around in the company.

    Cons

    One con would be the commute into the Esri building located in Toronto.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership, cooperation, teamwork are my top traits

    Esri Response

    21 Dec, 2016 – Human Resources

    I'm sure the Esri Canada team would love to hear your feedback! Please leave your comments on their Glassdoor page. Thank you.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A lot of smart, innovative people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Esri full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Staying on the cutting edge of the GIS industry, supportive of learning new things

    Cons

    A poor manager can last forever and be a big road block, short on vacation


  3. "Overall a decent place to work for few years"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Esri full-time

    Pros

    - Flexible schedule
    - Friendly and approachable colleagues
    - Interesting projects
    - Good health benefits

    Cons

    - Poor management
    - Little opportunity for career advancement

    Advice to Management

    Take steps to foster a creative environment for staff members.


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  5. "Company info"

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    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Redlands, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Redlands, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Esri full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great community
    People with similar backgrounds

    Cons

    Low wages
    Hard to get ahead


  6. "Work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redlands, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Esri full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance, good working environment,

    Cons

    May need to design your career goal


  7. "Currently employed as GIS Analyst for providing technical support to ESRI clients."

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    Current Employee - GIS Analyst/Technician in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - GIS Analyst/Technician in Mumbai (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Esri full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Learning new technologies everyday while providing technical support to ESRI clients.

    Cons

    Flexible shift timings, while having to do a night-shift at least once a week.


  8. "Toxic: Avoid"

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    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Esri full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, although the free medical carries high deductibles and the 401(k) match does not vest for years.
    A job for life, if you can tolerate the cons.

    Cons

    The Peter principle is in full effect when it comes to management.

    A dispiriting, demoralizing environment, where low morale is widespread, as demonstrated by the many bad reviews on this site. I wish I had heeded them.

    Because incompetence goes unpunished, incompetents abound.

    Lower-than-average pay and vacation time. Negotiate before signing anything.

    Some colleagues are refreshingly diligent and professional, while others distinguish themselves by spending hours (no exaggeration) chatting about matters other than work and disappearing for two hours daily.

    A "strict" "policy" forbidding working from home means that, depending on your department and manager, you can either work from home regularly or never work from home. Combine that with being paid by the hour, and the result is colleagues spending hours chatting about matters other than work and taking multi-hour breaks.

    This technology company uses two timekeeping systems that do not communicate with each other. You enter your hours in both, and managers spend their time reconciling the two.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the deadwood.

    Adopt a remote work policy that reflects the current century.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Support Server Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Support Server Analyst in Redlands, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Support Server Analyst in Redlands, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Esri (More than a year)

    Pros

    Supportive culture, everyone goes out of their way to help each other.

    Cons

    Slow to promote or allow people to switch departments

    Advice to Management

    Let people switch to other teams in order to grow.

    Esri Response

    3 Jan, 2018 – Esri

    Esri is very supportive of employees growing into other roles, both within the same division as well as to other areas of the company. Transition timing is always related to the needs of our... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Excited at first..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Esri full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Opportunity to work for a pioneer in GIS technology.
    -Interesting customer projects.
    -Great place for a first job.
    -Work is fairly easy.
    -Wonderful colleagues, some are quite intelligent.

    Cons

    -Question whether Esri can prosper into the future (post-Jack)
    -Lower than industry average pay and opportunities.
    -Managers lacking management/leadership skills and staff who feel entitled to their jobs while adding little value or performance on a daily basis.
    -Sales teams with little to no focus or clear lines of responsibilities (creating customer confusion).

    Advice to Management

    -Bring outside executives with real industry experience.
    -Too many sacred cows (entitled people at the executive level) who are stifling your growth potential.
    -Plan for the major transition when Open Source GIS becomes the standard.
    -Plan for organizational transition (post-Jack era)


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Bad Managers, No Career Mobility"

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Redlands, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Redlands, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Esri full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Opportunity to take on challenging projects, learn new technology

    Cons

    Takes years to transfer to another job or department

    Won’t allow working remotely (but they will make exceptions for certain people) even though they have all the technology in place for it to work. Not everyone wants to live in the inland empire or commute so it is hard to find qualified employees.

    HR replies to Glassdoor reviews suggesting to reach out to our representative, but many of us have and nothing changes. They seem to only care about bringing in new employees, not keeping them.

    Advice to Management

    Stop allowing some managers to be untouchable. People who manage others should have to follow the rules and set a good example. Seems like they think they ascended to management so the rules no longer apply to them.


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