Category Archives: Recruiting Events
Whether you know all about Esri or are “meeting” us for the first time, join us for #EsriJobChat on Twitter and talk with us about everything careers related … our work environment, our innovative GIS software, current internship and job openings, resumé and interview advice, and more.
Our next chat is Tuesday, March 17 at 4 p.m. Pacific. We’ll mainly be talking about our participation in the upcoming NSBE convention and career fair, but anyone can join in the conversation, regardless of whether or not they’re attending the event.
If you’d like to submit questions in advance, follow @EsriCareers on Twitter or e-mail email@example.com. We hope you can join us!
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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.
Whether you work for a small company or a large enterprise, there’s no doubt you rely on a systems administrator to keep your IT network performing at its best. I recently talked with Stephen, a sysadmin in our Information Systems and Technology group, about his role and what keeps him at Esri.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.”