Why Esri? … Why Not?

This week the employees of Esri got creative with their answers in their own special ways. By leaving the question up for interpretation by the employee, we see creativity flow from department to department. There were many different approaches to the answer.

Ramiro Barbuzano
Oceanmaps Basemaps

Derick Mendoza
Marketing | Creative Lab

Ashley Jennings
Software Product Development

Pai Yu
Software Product Development

Francisco Majarrez
International Technical Support

Doug Rowland
Information Systems & Technology

Check back next week for more responses!
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Festive “Tea” Honors Retiring Employee

A colorful table setting and festive hats were part of a “high tea” luncheon held in the Washington, DC office to honor Judy Rote, who will be retiring from Esri June 30th. It was also Judy’s birthday, so it was a dual celebration!

“My time with Esri has been a blessing, from getting to know of Jack and Laura and to having wonderful managers/supervisors,” Judy reflected. “It truly has been a pleasure to work for and with Esri. My retirement is bittersweet because of getting to know everyone and missing them. So, thank you Esri for 16 wonderful years!”

The Administrative Assistants and Receptionist from the Washington, DC office. What a happy bunch!

Thank you, Judy, for your years with Esri and your many contributions. We wish you much happiness in your retirement.

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Are You Made for Tech Support?

At a recent brown bag lunch for interns, a young professional, Kara, from Technical Support came to speak about what Esri looks for in a potential employee.

Relaxing after work

After graduating with a degree in geography, Kara became an intern at the Rae Selling Berry Seed Bank. With encouragement from her aunt, a geography professor at the University of Redlands, she pursued a job at Esri in Technical Support.

Kara spoke to the interns about her department and shredded any misconceptions of working in Technical Support. She showed the interns how being part of her department can be a stepping stone to a long-term career with Esri.

When hiring for the department, many would be intrigued to know what the most important characteristics are that hiring staff look for. Here are the four characteristics they look for in order of must have to teachable.

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  • Interest: Without interest in the company, you cannot help an employee grow when they may not want to be there.
  • Communication: Unlike interest, communication can be developed. A good speaker and a patient listener are needed to help customers resolve their problems.
  • Problem Solving Skills: Easily teachable compared to the top two characteristics.
  • Technical Ability: This can be taught to anyone who wants to be part of the team, but without the interest in the company you have an employee who does not really want to be there.

The Technical Support department wants employees who want to be at their job and will enjoy the environment they work in. If this interests you, check out current openings here.

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More Than Just Co-Workers

Rapport in Esri offices often extends beyond regular working hours, and the Denver office is no exception. They shared a few pictures of recent activities the team participated in.

Staff worked with the City of Broomfield to plantan American Linden Tree in East Park in honor of Earth Day.

After a day on the slopes at Arapahoe Basin.

The men’s softball team in their “This Team is Spatial!” shirts waiting to go to bat.

Esri Denver runners in the Corporate Challenge 8k race.

With summer just under way, there will undoubtedly be more pictures coming soon, so check back to see what the team has been up to.

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You Can’t Sink These Interns … Boats

Have you ever wondered what you’d do if you were stranded on an island and only had a few materials to help you leave?

Last week the interns got together to do this on an imaginary island. Eight teams of six interns made boats and rafts to help them get off the “island,” but naturally there was a twist. A seasoned employee was assigned to each team and would tell members they could not do something within their team, such as speak or use their hands or eyes.

Regardless, the teams still all accomplished what they set out to make. Then it was time to put the boats to the test and take them to the turtle pond on campus. This concerned a few people since the boats were made out of paper, tape, and aluminum foil. Surprisingly, every boat successfully floated in the pond. Some were even visited by the koi fish from the pond. Overall, it was a great day of bonding and team building for the interns.

The teams show excitement that the raft actually floated.

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Why Esri?

Have you ever wondered why employees enjoy working at Esri? Well, why not ask! That is exactly what I did, and have featured a few employees from various Esri teams. The photos not only show their enjoyment of working at Esri, but it also shows creativity, honesty, and diversity in their answers.

Keep a look out for more Why Esri? posts in the near future and see what others think.

Tushar Patel
International Support

Joseph Mayfield
Online Support

Carissa Signore
Documentation

Sheaneen Myers & Kim Vu
Accounting

Wes Murch
Patterns & Practices

Verdie Dennis
Human Resources

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An Esri Intern’s Unique Experience at FEMA

Maddy Ernesto, an intern in Esri’s Washington, DC office, recently had the opportunity to visit the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) office and interact with its staff.

“FEMA in one word was awesome! Being an intern, I never imagined I would have the opportunity to accompany some of my co-workers to a site visit, so you can imagine I was a bit nervous yet extremely excited,” said Maddy. “I was able to work hand-in-hand with FEMA workers developing maps and templates that will be used for disaster management in the future. I had never created any template or map that would be used for real-life scenarios, so it was a real honor to help with this project. The knowledge of how to more effectively use ArcGIS Online, along with the experience of working directly with clients, will be skills I will use throughout my GIS career and hopefully with Esri.”

Happy to hear the interns are getting to do some very cool things with the company and are gaining professional skills along the way. Good luck to you, Maddy, and keep doing great work in the Washington, DC office.

Want to work on exciting projects like this as an Esri intern next summer? Check our website this fall for information on how to apply!

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Work Hard, Learn Harder: Esri Fellows Program

School and education are important tools in anyone’s life. If you have this outlook–especially if you are pursuing a career here–you will be happy to know Esri does too.

Every year Esri offers its employees the opportunity to apply to the Fellows Program, available to those who want to go back to school to finish their degree. Esri partners with the University of Redlands and Claremont Graduate University to help these employees realize their goals.

This year there were 11 scholarship recipients in areas varying from Human Resources to Professional Services, IST to Product Development. Aimee, an accounting supervisor who has been with Esri 12 years, states her enthusiasm, “I have been fortunate to have had different people in my department mentor and encourage me and to have been able to promote within the department. I want to continue to give back to Esri and the people who have shown faith in me, and completing my degree will help me with that.”

Robert, a product engineer for 15 years who is working towards his master’s in GIS, is also encouraged by the award. “It’s very encouraging to work for a company which provides such a generous educational opportunity to its employees. Given the number of fellows this year, it’s clear that Esri is willing to facilitate the career aspirations of so many.”

“I believe in a balance of work experience and advance education,” said Steve in our IT Division. “By receiving a Fellowship, I will be able to enhance my academic knowledge and research abilities. Together with my 25 years work experience at Esri, I hope to transform traditional IT solutions to a more agile and customer oriented mindset to meet Esri’s business and technology requirements.”

Leslie in Human Resources will use the scholarship to complete her bachelor’s degree. “I am so thankful for this extraordinary opportunity. I feel fortunate to be part of a company that encourages its employees to better themselves through education.”

All employees are encouraged to further their education and personal development. Esri offers $3,000 per person per year to help them with educational expenses. It also provides professional development courses and training for those who wish to improve their technical, sales, interpersonal, and management skills.

Congratulations to all the recipients!

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Brown Bag Lunch with Professional Services

A great benefit to being an intern with Esri is the ability to connect with seasoned employees. Recently the interns had the opportunity to hear the stories of Chad Helm and Christie Pleiss in the Professional Services Division on how they found themselves at Esri. Both have been here for many years and started with a technical background that led them to become managers. 

We learned how Professional Services works in a wide range of industries and how much importance they have within Esri. While they do a lot of business in US and international government, they also work with customers in the commercial, utility, health, public safety, and natural resources sectors. 

The interns had many great questions at the brown bag, including one regarding who Esri’s biggest competition is. Chad had the perfect answer. “There are a number of organizations in the GIS space that are doing innovative work. Esri is proud of the work it is doing to enable our customers to make a difference.”

The interns have many brown bag speakers to look forward to this summer. Thank you to Chad and Christie for taking their time to teach the interns about the Professional Services Division.

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The New Kid on the Block

Some people say I am the master of multitasking, and they may just be right. While I am interning at Esri as a full-time summer intern I will also be a full-time student to make sure I will graduate on time and within four years. But wait . . . that’s not all. While it is difficult to keep up with both workloads, let me tell you why I need to take summer classes.

I like to be prepared for the future, and I certainly love to be organized to make sure everything runs smoothly. The funny thing is, in my personal life I plan nothing. I go with the flow and just enjoy life, but professionally I have everything written down with deadlines before the real deadlines. But back to why I’m taking summer classes. I am a double major and a triple minor. Long story short, I like to pursue my passion and have a nice backup in place. So when I graduate from Penn State in May 2016, and yes only four years, this will be my business card:

Kelsey Arbuckle
Nerd Extraordinaire

This summer one of the things I’ll be doing is creating content for Facebook and the Esri Careers blog. I hope to show the journey of new interns from this summer and highlight some of the amazing employees Esri has throughout the company. I want to change the way blogs impact the readers. I want to know about the people who comprise the company and I intend to highlight them in my posts.

I can only imagine where my internship with Esri will take me in my future. I hope you stay connected to the blog to find out about my work and that of other Esri employees.

If you want to see where I have been and how I got here, check out this story map of my life.

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