We are fired up about attending and exhibiting at the NSBE National Convention in Anaheim this month! Patty and Corey from our HR team share what they’re most looking forward to and the skills they are seeking in future Esri talent.
You’ve both been to NSBE Region 6 fall conferences. How did those experiences prepare you for the national event?
Patty: One thing that has us really excited about attending the national convention is knowing the quality of candidates we’re going to meet, based on people we’ve seen at regional events. We’ve met a lot of smart engineers from all different backgrounds and have had a few interview for internships and full-time opportunities. The regionals are a little more intimate and smaller—you can have more one on one time—but we’re looking forward to the fast pace at national.
Corey: I felt like students at regional were very excited and eager to learn, so it was exciting to be there and feed off that energy. I’m confident that enthusiasm will be amplified at national because attendees come from all over the country. I’m excited to be part of that again and hopefully give people the opportunity to join our team.
What are you most looking forward to at the national event?
Patty: There’s a lot of planning that goes into it, a lot of great sessions. We really enjoy being part of all the excitement around it. Obviously we love Esri and what the company does, and being able to share that story with people to inspire them further will be great.
Corey: There was a lot of diversity from west coast schools at the regional event. At national we’ll have even more people from all over the country, so it’ll be interesting to meet students with different types of backgrounds.
What do you think people stopping by our booth will find the most interesting about Esri?
Patty: For people who aren’t aware of what Esri is and what we do, I think they’ll be blown away by the versatility of our software and how it can really impact the world on a global scale. It’s really neat to watch people’s reaction when we open an app and start talking about what Esri does—their eyes sort of light up. To see that for the first time in someone who has an interest in technology and understanding how technology can solve real world problems is really exciting.
What are the skills you’re looking for?
Corey: People who are excited about technology, hopefully experience with software or a passion to learn. They also need experience with programming.
Patty: Those are two good ones. We have many different roles depending on what your interests are. We look for people who are smart who have good experience within their education, whether they’re students who have done great work while in school or more senior level candidates who have progressed in their career. Some of our positions require GIS, but there are many other technology-related opportunities.
On a personal note, what do you each enjoy most about working at Esri?
Corey: For me, it’s the people. Everyone is smart and they keep you on your toes. They’re down to earth, passionate about seeing Esri succeed, and connected to the overall mission of our company. It’s exciting to be part of that—you feel like you’re part of a family.
Patty: It’s a lot about the people and the company as a whole. There is an energy here because people are motivated and driven by our technology, what it can do and how it’s impacting the world, globally and locally. You can feel that, and it pushes you to be better and work harder. It’s exciting to be at a company that’s innovative and cutting edge; you’re always growing and ahead of things. We are a learning environment and culture, so you need to keep growing with the company. For individuals who like that, Esri is a great company to be with.
What’s your favorite thing about Redlands?
Patty: I love that it’s removed a little so you don’t have the crazy traffic. We’re pretty much an hour away from everything—beaches, LA, mountains, Palm Springs. It’s a college town so you have that environment, but it’s also a family town. There is a lot of really cool stuff that’s a day trip or an evening away, and there’s always something going on in Redlands too.
Corey: It’s fairly quiet but has what you need—shopping, dining, recreation. And just knowing Redlands is a great place to live, so you can live in the same city where you work, and that improves work-life balance and quality of life.
Now that you’ve learned a little about Esri, here are a few resources to help you before the convention as well as while you’re there. We’re looking forward to meeting you!
Before You Go
- Join us for a special #EsriJobChat on Twitter Tuesday, March 17 at 4 p.m. Pacific. Patty and Corey will be ready to answer any questions you have about life at Esri, offer career advice, and more.
- This post on our careers blog has some great tips for preparing for a job fair.
- Take a virtual tour of our campus. Some people say it reminds them of a college campus.
- Take a Closer Look at Esri and our technology in this video.
While You’re There
- Chat with us in booth 675 about career opportunities and how you might fit.
- Need a little help with your resume? Patty and Corey will be in the Career Fair Prep Center Thursday from 9-10 a.m.