Category Archives: Recruiting Events

See where you can meet Esri staff and talk with us about career opportunities, what it’s like at Esri, and where your skills and talents might fit.

‘Round the Table with Esri Recruiters

Recently the interns sat in on two presentations and interactive sessions with some of Esri’s HR partners (recruiters). Although interns have a good understanding of Esri’s departmental structure, these recruiter roundtable events helped give us a better idea of the opportunities we may have to work for Esri full time. This is especially helpful since the summer is winding down quickly!

The partners began by presenting an overview of the Esri departments they recruit for. We had representatives from Marketing/Graphics, Sales, Educational Services, Accounting, Contracts, Software Development and Products, Professional Services, Product Management, Technical Support, and IST. Each one talked about the different opportunities available and typical career paths, and then gave advice based on their knowledge and experience. Their advice was helpful to those interns looking to work in a different department than the one they were in this summer. Many employees have started in one position, learned a lot about something new, and moved into a completely different role.

After their presentations, each partner fielded questions about their areas of expertise. Either in small groups or one-on-one, interns had the chance to ask for more detail about certain positions or departments. This also gave the interns a chance to talk with several partners to keep their options open. Whether interns are applying now for a full time position or they will be applying in a year after they graduate, this was a great opportunity to learn about Esri careers.

Thank you to the Esri Human Resources Department for putting this together. We appreciated your time and very much look forward to what our futures hold!

Just graduated and interested in working for Esri? Visit our website to learn more about entry-level positions.

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SIGGRAPH—“A Creative Recharge of Epic Proportions”

This is an actual quote from a recent SIGGRAPH attendee: “Think of everything that has ever made you geek out and feel so passionate about something in your whole life and put it into one feeling … That, my friend, is the feeling you get when being at SIGGRAPH.”

We couldn’t agree more! Once again, Esri will have a strong presence at SIGGRAPH, on the main exhibit floor as well as in the job fair. I sat down with HR team members Shawn and Jennifer to talk about what people who stop by our booth in the job fair can expect.

Why is Esri exhibiting at SIGGRAPH?

Shawn: Esri is the world leader in geographic information systems (GIS) and we also just happen to be a great place to build a career! With the changes in technology shifting more toward 3D technologies, a major component of Esri’s work has to do with 3D, graphics, visualization, and more. Esri has opportunities for all types of people and you certainly don’t need a background in GIS to join the company.

What skills are you looking for?

Shawn: We are looking for innovative people who have the desire to inspire and make a real difference with the work they do. We want forward thinkers who are ready to dive into different technologies. Esri is always interested in people who run the gamut of technical knowledge, but people who have expertise in 3D software development will be especially desirable at SIGGRAPH.

Jennifer: One of the most important things we stress about Esri is that our company is doing work that impacts people and our planet. GIS is and can be used in almost any industry imaginable. On the 3D side, Esri has a product called CityEngine that allows users to turn flat designs into vivid 3D visualizations. It can be used to improve urban planning and architecture and design, as well as to create cities from the ground up for utilization in many applications. In fact, our booth in the job fair will have a reader that links to CityEngine to create a 3D city using the contours of your thumbprint. Pretty cool, huh?

A scene from Esri CityEngine software

What are you looking forward to most?

Jennifer: Well, I’m excited to spend some time in Canada!  I can’t even imagine how taken I am going to be surrounded by all of that incredible technology and the brilliant minds that create it.

Since this is my first year going, I am so amped to experience new things! Of course, speaking for both of us, we are also looking forward to meeting the creative and daring individuals advancing these technologies … hopefully even finding a few future Esri stars in the group.

Shawn: Since I have been to SIGGRAPH before, I have in mind what I think we’re going to see, but I am also looking forward to the new technologies and such. I think with the explosion in 3D printing in this last year we will see a lot of companies doing something with that. It will be interesting to once again see where Esri fits into the mix. And to agree with Jen, we are definitely looking forward to talking to some potential candidates.

Have we left you wanting to know more? Check out the Esri CityEngine web page, or better yet meet us at the job fair and talk with Shawn and Jen face to face. You’ll leave as excited about our technology as we are!

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Want to learn about about a cool new 3D modeling tool that allows users to transform polygonal objects? Check out this session being presented by staff in the Esri R&D Center in Zurich: PushPull++. Catch it Wednesday afternoon in East Building, Ballroom B-C.

Wondering how 3D technology fits into Esri’s ArcGIS platform?

3D is across the ArcGIS platform, from the desktop to sharing 3D content through the browser and natively on mobile devices. Esri CityEngine is a stand-alone software product that provides professional users in architecture, urban planning, entertainment, GIS, and general 3D content production with a unique conceptual design and modeling solution for the efficient creation of 3D cities and buildings. CityEngine uses procedural modeling to transform 2D data into 3D city models and can import/export both geospatial data and industry standard 3D formats. During the last several years, Esri has continued to integrate key parametric components of CityEngine into ArcGIS for Desktop, culminating in the release of the parametric design tools in ArcGIS Pro.

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Are You on Instagram? Esri Is!

With its amusing play on the app’s name, esrigram has taken the company to the popular photo-sharing service. With over 200 million users, many businesses included, Instagram has become a mobile sensation. How does Esri fit in? esrigram is a way to visually represent what’s going on around campus, post pictures of maps (of course) and fun Throwback Thursday memories, and much more. There are even posts talking about the upcoming Esri International User Conference and pictures of our new building on campus.

esrigram is a space for geogeeks and all things Esri. Tag your own #geophotos and you may just see your pictures on the esrigram feed!

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Business Analysts at Esri: Influencing Decisions, Sharing Knowledge, Always Evolving

I recently had the opportunity to get to know two members of our IST Division, Diana and Dimitri. We talked about what it’s like being a business analyst at Esri, what motivates them, and what skills are most valued in new recruits.

How long have you been with Esri?
Diana: I’ve been here over 14 years; the last 8 have been in IST. Before that, I was in the US Air Force.
Dimitri: I started January 2012, and prior to that I was an SAP consultant for 16 years.

Do you each have a specialty within the business analyst role?
Diana: It’s expected that we have the general skills of a business analyst—requirements gathering, processes, communications—that type of collaboration is needed. But we each also have specialized skills where we understand a particular product—in my case, Salesforce—and can take those requirements and figure out how to build them into the system.
Dimitri: When I got hired, I had the HR background from both the business and the SAP side, so it was easy for me to transition into my role here. Additionally, my prior consulting experience gave me the skills I needed to be a successful business analyst at Esri.

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Do Your Homework Before Attending a Career Fair

In his 15 years with Esri, talent acquisition leader Jason Otero has represented us at many recruiting events. I recently asked him to share some of his advice for getting the most out of attending a career fair.

What’s the best way for a career fair attendee to prepare for meeting potential employers?

Oftentimes what we find are people who come up to the table prepared to talk about themselves. They’ve got resumes in-hand, they’re dressed appropriately, and they have all their ducks in a row. But what they tend not to have done is research the organizations they want to meet. What gets a recruiter’s attention is the person who comes up with a keen sense of interest in the company and can explain how their background, skills, and interests align with the potential new organization and, specifically, the job opportunities they’re interested in.

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Esri Recruiters on the Road Again

Connecting with Esri staff at a career fair or similar recruiting event can provide that extra edge when competing with other applicants. It gives you the chance to talk with us about the Esri culture and what your educational background and experience can bring to the table. Whether you are interested in a full-time position or one of our summer opportunities for students, it’s a great way to make that important first impression.

We’ll be traveling all around the US this fall. Check out our event map to see where you can meet us!

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Esri UC Student Assistants: the New GIS Generation

By Maura, Strategic Marketing Intern

The weekend before geo-geeks invade San Diego, California for the annual Esri International User Conference, 60 student assistants from around the world have already checked in. Their help is imperative in making sure the UC goes through without—or at least with the fewest amount of—glitches. Selectively chosen in relation to their major and interests, these students act behind the scenes of the UC, working in the Esri Store, helping with workshops, and playing a part in making sure the overall conference runs smoothly.

For a week they are unofficial Esri “employees,” mingling with top names in every department and every company known to the GIS world. Ellen Barry from Bowling Green State University explains, “I applied because it’s a cool opportunity to be where all other GIS users were, united. I love Esri products and this is a great place to be.”

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A New “Face” on the Esri Careers Blog

Meet Maura, who will be a regular contributor to the blog this summer. Stay tuned for her posts on student programs, events for Esri interns, adventures around town and beyond, and much more.

Upon deciding to pursue a Geographical Studies undergraduate major, I began the prerequisite courses, one of which was a class on basic GIS. On my campus at the University of Chicago, few outside the Geographical Studies department have heard the terms “GIS” and “Esri.” However, after explaining to my peers what the software is, many claim some sort of knowledge, whether they used it at a previous internship or are familiar with its use in news articles, etc.

The class I took was also my first introduction to GIS. Although I am not tech savvy, I was greatly intrigued by the variety of uses for GIS in a multitude of fields. The study of geography is similar in this way: although united by one field, there are so many uses and paths one can follow in the exploration of geography and GIS that they are impossible to list. Thus, with a new interest in GIS and its uses in the everyday world, I jumped at the chance to intern at Esri.

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Sales Pros: Rewrite your career path in just an hour!

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Looking for a job in sales where you will empower your customers to be their best? Esri has immediate needs for account executives, account managers, solution engineers, and sales support staff to work with customers in the commercial sector across the US.

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Connect with Esri Recruiters Right from Your Desktop

Our staff will be as close as your computer next week at two virtual events. This will be a great opportunity to let your talents shine and make that important first impression!

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