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We’re excited to have Christie Pleiss from our Professional Services division joining us for this month’s #EsriJobChat Thursday, April 18 at 4 p.m. Pacific.
Christie holds a bachelor’s in geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a master’s in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She joined Esri in 2001 as a technical specialist/developer working on what is now known as ArcGIS for Aviation: Charting. In 2004 she became a member of the “Rent-a-Tech” team, providing customers with technology transfer and custom workshops for desktop and ArcGIS Engine development.
Christie’s career further evolved in 2007, eventually leading to her current role. She began supporting the Esri Advantage Programs as a technical advisor. These programs provide technical enablement to customers and partners, giving them the “big picture” view of what they need to either discover GIS or improve their enterprise implementations. Currently there are over 250 Esri partners and customers—both domestic and international—enrolled in the program. Within a couple of years a formalized technical advisor practice developed supporting partners, customers, and international distributors. That work has evolved over the years, leading to more staff in a focused technical advisor role. As Program Manager, Christie is responsible for a team of technical and business staff, as well as staffing the program with a virtual team of about 50 employees.
When asked what about Esri sets it apart from other organizations, Christie said, “A big part is the culture and community; the common tie that bonds everybody together. People from all over the world come to work here, and they all have common love of GIS and geography. Something about Esri brings people here and a lot of us stay for a long time.”
Join Christie on April 18 and ask her about her role, working at Esri, the culture, even career advice. She’ll be ready to give you answers. Want to remain anonymous? You can DM your questions in advance to @EsriCareers; your name won’t be used during the chat.
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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.
We recently had the opportunity to participate in a Live Q&A session on Dice.com, as part of its TechTalk community. Our panel of experts included Rex Hansen, Lead Product Engineer, Microsoft Platforms; Will Crick, Lead Product Engineer, Applications Group; and Jason Otero, Staffing Manager. They shared a wealth of information about web and mobile development at Esri, the skills we look for in team members, what makes Esri different, and more. Following are the session highlights.
Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California, is about to be invaded. No, not by Africanized honey bees or a new strain of flu, but by a unique species of human believed by many to hold the passkey to the future: software developers. More than 2,900 are registered to attend Silicon Valley Code Camp on the college’s campus October 6-7, and Esri staff will be right in the middle of all the action.
I spent a few minutes talking with Esri’s Derrick Burke, Technology Team Lead, and Shawn Ori, Human Resources Generalist, to learn why Esri is at Code Camp and what attendees can expect from our participation.
As the saying goes, “Time flies when you’re having fun!” It’s hard to believe that our first group of summer interns departed last week. Before their time at Esri ends, each intern has the opportunity to give a short presentation to their peers and mentors on what they’ve worked on over the summer. Here are highlights from two recent presentations.
Sara, who will graduate next spring from the University of South Carolina with a master’s in geography, worked on the Technical Advisory Team in Professional Services. The projects she was involved in included creating demos for ArcGIS Boot Camp for a client using their own data, assisting with demos for an Esri user group meeting in Peru, working on an iPad app, and creating a SharePoint site that will be used by all Esri tech advisors in Redlands as well as our regional offices. Sara most enjoyed her interaction with clients from the different industries in which Esri software is used.
Chris, interning for a third year at Esri, is working in Defense Services in Professional Services. He will graduate next spring from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s in computer science. The two main projects Chris was involved in were an Android Augmented Reality Framework demo and Flex demos, some of which were shown at the recent Esri User Conference in San Diego. He said appreciated the hands-on experience he gained working with Esri technology.
Stacey, who graduated in May from the University of Miami with a master’s in geography and regional studies, interned as an Educational Specialist on the Content Team in Educational Services. She was heavily involved in creating a new online training course, available later this month, entitled Authoring Web Maps Using ArcGIS Online. Stacey enjoyed working with people who have expertise in both GIS and education.
Deepak is also an intern on the Technical Advisory Team in Professional Services and comes to Esri with seven years of work experience in various multinational companies. He will graduate this December with an MBA from the University of Arizona. Deepak’s internship focused on managing large technology projects and developing technology strategies for clients. Read more.Gonzalo, who graduated this year with a master’s in environmental and water resources engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, interned in the Mapping Center. His main project was working on the World Hydro Basemap, which used ArcHydro. Gonzalo said he enjoyed developing something useful for the natural resources sciences but also cool that he could show to his friends and family.
Mike spent his summer interning in the Technical Marketing Department on the solutions team. He will be returning to Virginia Tech this fall to pursue a master’s in geography. His projects included developing a major disaster management map for utility companies, a spatial statistics crash analysis map that identified areas with higher than expected traffic accidents, and an alternative fuel stations map for ArcGIS Online. Mike said that his internship helped him see GIS in a different way and liked learning about how it is applied to other solutions.
Andrew, who is obtaining his PhD in geography from the University of Southern Mississippi, worked in Product Development on the Mapping Team. His internship started with preparing and printing wall maps to be displayed at the User Conference, and then he recreated them as web maps and web map applications on ArcGIS Online. This project required the manipulation of complex symbology of each layer before publishing. Andrew said the internship definitely taught him how important it is to pay attention to details.
As always, it’s been great having interns with us this summer, and we wish them all the best as their either return to school this fall or start their new career, whether it’s at Esri or some other great organization.
By Guest Blogger Brian, Support Services
I’m spending the summer as a Desktop Support Services Intern in the beautiful city of Charlotte, North Carolina, where Esri’s Eastern Support Unit is located. I am currently in between my first and second year of graduate school at Appalachian State University where I am continuing my studies in GIS and Renewable Energy site location. I received a B.S. degree in geography with a concentration in GIS from UNC Charlotte.
Staff from Esri’s Charlotte office consistently visit universities around the state, including Appalachian State, UNC Charlotte, and UNC Chapel Hill. During these visits, I had the great opportunity of meeting a number of support analysts and felt that Esri had a lot to offer, not only technically but the people seemed so happy and grateful for their job. Knowing that Esri is such a leader in geospatial technologies, it has always been my goal to land an internship or job here.
Being in a Technical Call Center was a little disconcerting at first, as I have always had the perception that support centers are just places where people read off scripts and provide basic troubleshooting steps to clients. “Turn off your modem, wait 30 seconds, plug it back in. What lights are being displayed?” This is not what Esri support is like in the least. We interact with our customers almost as though we are mini-consultants. We work through their problems with them and help them achieve their end goal. Every problem is different, and it is necessary to be fluent in all aspects of the technology because you never know what kind of call you are going to receive next. This has opened my mind to the power and potential held within ArcGIS.
August 7-9, 2012
Los Angeles, CA
It’s described as “the world’s premier conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques.” A few years ago when Esri first participated in the job fair at SIGGRAPH, attendees were probably wondering why a mapping software company was there. As Esri’s technology has continued to evolve and with the acquisition of Procedural Inc. and CityEngine, now more than ever we fit right in. As a matter of fact, if you attend SIGGRAPH this year, you’ll see that Esri also has a large presence in the main exhibit hall.
I spent a few minutes with Jason, one of the recruiters who will be at the job fair, to learn about the skills he’s hoping to find in the candidates he meets and what makes SIGGRAPH different for Esri this year.
By Guest Blogger Owen, Solution Engineer Intern
My studies of geography at the University of Colorado gave me an introduction to GIS and Esri. This brief experience sparked great curiosity of GIS—the problems the technology can solve and the positive impacts it can have on people—so I eagerly applied to be a summer intern at Esri. When I first heard the news I was going to work at the Denver regional office as a solution engineer intern, I was ecstatic. With two months of school left, I began researching Esri and the many industries the ArcGIS system is used in, and I was amazed. I let my mind wander through all of the possible projects I could take part in.
The moment I walked in the door I could feel the energy and enthusiasm that every employee has for Esri and GIS technology. When I met the team of solution engineers, a creative GIS tech-savvy bunch, I knew immediately that it was a great fit. I thought to myself, “This is going to be great, coming here every day this summer and working on all things GIS!” The work environment is friendly and team oriented. I have had the opportunity to learn from and work with many teams in the office, encouraging me to expand my knowledge of Esri and GIS.
If you could describe your dream job, would it involve building innovative and powerful web apps? If so, you might want to keep reading.
We’re looking for a developer to design and develop web applications for large-scale ArcGIS for Server deployment and management. You’ll drive the REST API design as well as write comprehensive technical design specs and support documentation.
Meet Esri Recruiters Without Leaving Your Home or Office!
On the hunt for your next career move but can’t find any networking events near you? Look no further! Esri is participating in the Dice West Coast Virtual Career Fair on Wednesday, June 27th. Targeted at technology and engineering professionals, the event will offer a unique way for job seekers to interact with Esri recruiting staff.