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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.

While the first few days helping with set up and pre-registration were exciting, when Monday morning hit there was magic in the air. As the doors to the plenary opened and people started streaming in, all eager for the week ahead, the excitement and anticipation were contagious. Walking around the San Diego Convention Center (which, by the way, is an activity in itself – that building is enormous) and knowing that simply by being there you have something in common with 16,000 other people is a ridiculously cool feeling.

The entire conference was an unreal experience, but my favorite part was working at the Esri Store. Now, you may think that’s kind of weird and not really related to the conference. But in the store I got the chance to meet so many people, got to chat about things that may not have come up otherwise (conversations at checkout are the best kind of conversations!), and got to see people geek out over the same things I do (Superman GIS shirt, anyone??).

If you’ve been to the Esri UC you’ll probably nod your head at these, but for anyone who hasn’t been, here are some lessons I learned:

• It’s not the place to break in new shoes – no matter how comfortable they are.
• There is no way you can see everything. Sometimes the best way to choose a session is to go to the room closest to where you are. Eeny-meeny-miny-moe works too.
• It’s probably impossible to meet all 16,000 people at the conference, but social media means you can at least see how much fun they’re having!
• The map gallery is a giant room full of maps. Full. Of. Maps. Spend some time there.
• The student assistantship program is a fantastic way to get to a conference you may not otherwise have the chance to go to.
• If you’ve never been to the Esri UC and you get the chance, do it. Just go. You won’t regret it!

We’ll soon begin accepting applications for the 2015 Esri UC Student Assistantship Program. Stay tuned!

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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:

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Employees Honored for Years of Service

Last Friday evening, 40 employees were recognized for reaching their 20 year anniversary with Esri. The honorees, including six from regional offices, and their guests were treated to a festive fall-themed dinner. Entertainment and awards rounded out the evening.

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Tour Redlands via Esri Story Map

Tour historic locations and places of interest in Redlands without leaving home! From fairytale-like Kimberly Crest to the Lincoln Memorial Shrine, the only museum dedicated to Abraham Lincoln west of the Mississippi River, get a glimpse of what makes Redlands so unique.

Your journey begins here.

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Intern Passionate about Geography and Mapping

By Maura, Strategic Marketing Intern

Esri intern KathrynIntern Kathryn Hagerman occupies a unique niche at Esri. Serving as a member of the Partner Program Team, she is working to streamline knowledge transfer campaigns. She also worked to develop a collection of ArcGIS Online maps to share stories about the growth of the global Esri Partner Network and highlight exciting work Esri partners are doing.

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Meet Vinesh, Global Mobility Coordinator

Vinesh talks about his role in Human Resources and offers insight into the process for employees who join Esri from other countries.

How long have you been with Esri?

I’ve been here about three years. I actually started as a temp in a recruiting assistant role, working with two of our recruiters and the university relations coordinator. After about four months, I transitioned into my current role as Global Mobility Coordinator.

Explain the term global mobility for people who may not be familiar with it.

Global mobility includes everything about making sure people can live and work successfully in a different country, including analysis and support of relocation and compensation. Generally speaking, I make sure Esri’s domestic and international employees are working with legal status and they have no issues working or staying in the US. That is the simple way I describe it to my friends because you’re right: global mobility is confusing. I usually say “global mobility coordinator” or “I’m the immigration guy.” It’s about making sure that people can focus on their work and not have to worry about items related to the government and their stay here.

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Interning at Esri a Chance to Contribute

By Erika, Professional Services Intern

Every college student wants that dream internship where they can learn and grow in a professional environment while simultaneously loving what they are doing. I never thought I would be one of those lucky people that can’t stop talking about their internship and annoying all their friends with every detail, until luck struck me and I was hired at Esri as a summer intern! As a recent graduate from UC Riverside and an Inland Empire native, I had always heard great things about Esri and I was so excited to spend my summer learning more about the company. (Editor’s note: Inland Empire refers to the metropolitan area surrounding Redlands.)

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Education for the Future: the Esri Fellows Program

By Maura, Strategic Marketing Intern

As a company constantly looking to the future, Esri invests deeply in the well-being and advancement of its employees. Each year Esri teams with the University of Redlands’ School of Business to offer several full tuition scholarships under the Esri Fellows Program. This year, Esri also partnered with Claremont Graduate University School of Information Systems and Technology to award a scholarship. The Esri Fellows Program was established in 1999 and provides selected Esri employees scholarships to attend evening/weekend courses to complete undergraduate or graduate level degrees.

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