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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
By Guest Blogger Lauren, Student at Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS)
If I could sum up my week in one word, it would be opportunity. The Esri User Conference Student Assistantship Program provided so many opportunities during the conference, and it truly becomes what you make of it. The choices I made during the week will have a long term effect, and seeking every opportunity possible opened many doors.
Dawn Wright (a.k.a. “Deepsea Dawn”) is Esri’s Chief Scientist as well as an ocean scientist, geographer, and GIS author. There isn’t much this neat lady doesn’t do! Her work at Esri involves formulating and advancing the intellectual agenda for the environmental, conservation, climate, and ocean sciences aspect of Esri’s work while also representing Esri to the international scientific community.
By Guest Blogger Swatantra, 2014 UC Student Assistant
The Esri User Conference is a Place for Unity, Enthusiasm, Entertainment, Awesomeness, Friendships, Interactions, Relationships, Learning, and Understanding.
My first visit to San Diego, California was outstanding and I think I made the most out of it. It was my first participation in the Esri User Conference and I feel honored to have had the opportunity. Acquiring a student assistantship position is very competitive and I feel lucky to have been one of 60 student assistants in 2014. The week was all about geography, geographic information systems (GIS), and understanding our world. A conference assistantship is an exclusive opportunity for students who have an interest in GIS. We were a union of students from across the globe. A team of friendly and generous Esri staff members guided us for the whole week. All the assistants were assigned a set of tasks to help Esri staff during conference events. Our overall job was to make sure that the conference logistics ran smoothly. We worked all weekend and half days during the week. This schedule allowed me to participate in technical workshops and interact with attendees during our leisure time.
By Guest Blogger Melanie, Story Maps Team Intern
Open Spaces, Open Collaboration
When I first stepped into the Washington, DC R&D Center, I was struck by the space. Wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows opened up a magnificent panoramic view of the capital with a spotlight on the Washington Monument. I spent many moments throughout my summer observing the city’s pulse. “It’s so alive,” I thought as I watched cars crossing the Potomac River via 6 separate bridges, planes passing above on their way to/from Reagan International Airport, cyclists and people moving along the ground in a bustle, and of course the daily flock of kayakers, boaters, and paddle-boarders that floated around Theodore Roosevelt Island. This was a creative space.
I settled into my office in June. In the Story Maps team it was hard to tell who was “boss” and who was “intern.” I learned very quickly that there was no sense of “hierarchy” or “bureaucracy” here. We all worked together in a laissez-faire style. It felt strange at first, but I adapted easily and quickly learned that everyone was there to help me.
Esri’s Technical Support team is vital to the company’s success. They work with users daily on solving small problems and finding solutions. Scott Harris is a member of the team and says he’s finally found a job he loves.
Tell me about yourself. What is your background?
I took my first GIS class when I was pursuing my bachelor’s degree at Keystone College in Pennsylvania. I did a few projects while I was there, one of which was making some campus maps using ArcView 3.2 (which seems primitive today). I ended up getting my degree in Environmental Resource Management and then spent a bit of time out of the GIS field doing environmental testing. After that I became a GIS tech for the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where again I was using Esri software. Later I went back for my master’s degree in geoenvironmental studies and then I ended up at Esri.
Although it feels like the summer just began, many of Esri’s summer interns are packing up and getting ready to go back to school or move on to the next phase of their lives (me included!). Over the last few weeks, interns have been getting up in front of their peers and presenting their work. So far there have been nine presentations and more will be happening over the next couple of weeks.
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!
By Guest Blogger Jennifer, Community Maps Program Intern
This September, I will be a senior at Santa Clara University, completing my B.S. in Environmental Studies and minor in Political Science. After taking some GIS courses and working as a GIS research and teaching assistant, I decided to apply for a summer internship at Esri. In making this decision, I hoped to learn more about the company that has been an influential player in developing products that have helped address and solve many environmental problems around the world.