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Why Esri? … Why Not?

This week the employees of Esri got creative with their answers in their own special ways. By leaving the question up for interpretation by the employee, we see creativity flow from department to department. There were many different approaches to the answer.

Ramiro Barbuzano
Oceanmaps Basemaps

Derick Mendoza
Marketing | Creative Lab

Ashley Jennings
Software Product Development

Pai Yu
Software Product Development

Francisco Majarrez
International Technical Support

Doug Rowland
Information Systems & Technology

Check back next week for more responses!
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Why Esri?

Have you ever wondered why employees enjoy working at Esri? Well, why not ask! That is exactly what I did, and have featured a few employees from various Esri teams. The photos not only show their enjoyment of working at Esri, but it also shows creativity, honesty, and diversity in their answers.

Keep a look out for more Why Esri? posts in the near future and see what others think.

Tushar Patel
International Support

Joseph Mayfield
Online Support

Carissa Signore
Documentation

Sheaneen Myers & Kim Vu
Accounting

Wes Murch
Patterns & Practices

Verdie Dennis
Human Resources

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Work Hard, Learn Harder: Esri Fellows Program

School and education are important tools in anyone’s life. If you have this outlook–especially if you are pursuing a career here–you will be happy to know Esri does too.

Every year Esri offers its employees the opportunity to apply to the Fellows Program, available to those who want to go back to school to finish their degree. Esri partners with the University of Redlands and Claremont Graduate University to help these employees realize their goals.

This year there were 11 scholarship recipients in areas varying from Human Resources to Professional Services, IST to Product Development. Aimee, an accounting supervisor who has been with Esri 12 years, states her enthusiasm, “I have been fortunate to have had different people in my department mentor and encourage me and to have been able to promote within the department. I want to continue to give back to Esri and the people who have shown faith in me, and completing my degree will help me with that.”

Robert, a product engineer for 15 years who is working towards his master’s in GIS, is also encouraged by the award. “It’s very encouraging to work for a company which provides such a generous educational opportunity to its employees. Given the number of fellows this year, it’s clear that Esri is willing to facilitate the career aspirations of so many.”

“I believe in a balance of work experience and advance education,” said Steve in our IT Division. “By receiving a Fellowship, I will be able to enhance my academic knowledge and research abilities. Together with my 25 years work experience at Esri, I hope to transform traditional IT solutions to a more agile and customer oriented mindset to meet Esri’s business and technology requirements.”

Leslie in Human Resources will use the scholarship to complete her bachelor’s degree. “I am so thankful for this extraordinary opportunity. I feel fortunate to be part of a company that encourages its employees to better themselves through education.”

All employees are encouraged to further their education and personal development. Esri offers $3,000 per person per year to help them with educational expenses. It also provides professional development courses and training for those who wish to improve their technical, sales, interpersonal, and management skills.

Congratulations to all the recipients!

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Esri Employees Were “Pumped Up” for Bike to Work Week

Several activities took place last week in celebration of Bike to Work Week. From an informative brown bag session on bike safety, our bike sharing program, and a new proposed bike trail, to a bike ride around campus, many employees took the opportunity to show their support of getting to work on two wheels.

In addition to the benefits of getting exercise and saving the environment, Esri offers ongoing incentives for employees who bike to work (as well as walk, carpool, or take public transportation). It’s a win-win!

During a brown bag session, employees heard about a proposed bike trail
connecting the neighboring city of Highland to Redlands.

It was a great day for a short bike ride around campus!

A bike sharing program, developed by Esri staff, the Inland Empire Biking Alliance, and our friendly neighborhood BikeBBQ, is for employees who need to get around our expansive campus.

Bike to Work Week concluded with a display in the Cafe where employees submitted pledgesto bike to work and were entered into a drawing for cool prizes.

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Mapping Our Country’s First Mothers

By Guest Blogger Lynnae Van Voorthuysen, Media Relations Intern

Sara Ann Delano Roosevelt

Forty-four women gave birth to the most influential men in U.S. history—our nation’s Presidents. This Mother’s Day, Esri highlights these “First Mothers” in an interactive story map.

Navigate the story map to discover many historical insights including:

  • At 18 years old, Stanley Ann Obama became the youngest First Mother
  • All 7 presidents born in Ohio were Republican
  • Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams were born .2 miles apart

George Washington famously stated, “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother.”

Join us in celebrating the mothers who raised the men who swore to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.

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Earth Day, Esri Style

There was a lot of activity on campus last Wednesday in celebration of Earth Day. From a tree giveaway to an e-waste collection event, Esri employees did their part to make Mother Earth proud.

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Being at the Esri UC: “A Ridiculously Cool Feeling”

By Guest Blogger Rachel, Esri UC Student Assistant

When I got on the plane heading from New York to San Diego, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew there would be a lot of maps, and I knew I would be on my feet a lot, but “student assistant” was still a pretty vague term in my mind. Once I arrived, I quickly learned why – being a student assistant means many different things. From getting a behind-the-scenes look at the conference to learning what a banner stand is (and going on a scavenger hunt throughout the conference center to find them) to meeting thousands of fellow geogeeks, the week was an incredible whirlwind of people, activities, and – of course – maps.

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How Many Wheels Do You Need to Get to Work?

If you’re like many Esri employees, the answer is two! In celebration of National Bike to Work Day, two events were held on campus to raise awareness about the benefits of cycling to work. Continue reading

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Turning Trash into Training Dollars

Esri recently held an eWaste Recycle Day, with nearly 100 employees dropping off unwanted electronic items including computers, printers, monitors, TV sets, and cell phones. More than 5,600 pounds of equipment were donated to Goodwill, which processes it in an environmentally responsible way to help protect our planet from hazardous waste. The income Goodwill receives from the recycling program helps fund education, training, and job placement services for people with disabilities.

Truly a win-win. Happy Earth Day!

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Mapping Esri’s World

Take a virtual tour of the Esri campus via a story map to see our beautiful working environment: http://esriurl.com/EsriTour.

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