Category Archives: Work-Life Balance
Each Esri intern has an incredible story and background, and Max Payson is no different. As a runner Max has excelled in cross country and track at Yale University, so it was no surprise when he signed up to run the 5K at the Esri User Conference. The 5K was a great success with around 600 people coming out. Max won the event with the time of 15:10, which was almost a minute before anyone else got to the finish line. He said his favorite part of the 5K was seeing his coworkers involved and participating in something so important to him. “Glad to see the GIS community likes running.” It was a common connection that sparked interest with him.
As a collegiate athlete Max has to train year-round to be ready for competition. Each summer he has the goal to run a hundred miles a week by the end of the summer. This year he is at the goal of 80, since he was injured this past year. “I’ll start at 20 miles a week and then try to build up to 100 miles a week by the end. So my ability to get to 100, or how quickly I can get there, is dependent on how healthy I am.” Regardless of this injury, the amount of miles he runs throughout the summer is incredibly impressive.
When asked about how he felt about winning Max responded with, “It felt great. I haven’t won a race in a while since the competition’s pretty stiff at school. And it was a pretty big turnout. A lot of people were out there running, so it’s nice to get a win. And it was the fastest I’ve run the 5K since I don’t really run this distance in college, so I was happy about that.”
We wish Max the best of luck in his running and his future career endeavors.
To view the results and times of the Esri UC runners, check out this site.
Southern California has an abundance of events and activities year-round, especially during the summer months. There are festivals galore, all within a short drive from Redlands. We’ve highlighted a few of them for this upcoming weekend.
- In beautiful downtown Santa Monica, Picnic on the Promenade is home to weekly summer events. On July 10th there will be a street performer showcase. While you are there you can check out the eateries, walk the promenade, and soak in the beautiful rays on the beach.
- The Lotus Festival in Los Angeles is a celebration focusing on the culture and heritage of different Asian Pacific regions. This two day event from July 11th to 12th has a variety of interesting activities to check out, from Hawaiian and Tahitian dancing to western music of Japan.
- Even if hot sauces aren’t your thing the California Hot Sauce Expo in Long Beach is still a cool attraction to check out. Don’t miss this two day event from July 11th to 12th, where there will be a ton of insane eating challenges at the expo and anyone can enter. The final event at the expo is one for the Guinness book of world records … literally. The challenge is to eat three Carolina Reaper chilis as fast as possible.
- Music Under the Stars Summer Concert Series is a great family event. The concert series is supporting the preservation and sustainability of the Mission of San Juan Capistrano. The concerts occur throughout the summer and feature performances by a variety of musicians.
Check back next week to see more festivals and events happening in So Cal.
Rapport in Esri offices often extends beyond regular working hours, and the Denver office is no exception. They shared a few pictures of recent activities the team participated in.
One of the things many Esri employees enjoy about working here is the variety in their roles. This is certainly the case with Matt Madigan, who has been with Esri just over two and a half years. His situation is a little unique in that he works out of two offices. His main job is as an account manager in our Washington, DC regional office, but he also works with startups and 1776 out of the Esri R&D Center–DC. I enjoyed getting to know more about Matt and his work, as well as his time as an Olympic rowing coach.
Tell us about your work with Esri.
As an account manager, I’m responsible for a couple of accounts on the intel team. Previously, I was the operations director and director of federal business at GeoIQ. We were working with In-Q-Tel and deployed at many agencies within the intelligence community, so that carried over into my role on Esri’s federal team because I was very familiar with the community.
My work at the R&D center is also really exciting. Last fall we started a relationship with 1776, which is a startup incubator with 240-plus member companies. We want to empower them with the ArcGIS platform and then let them bring their innovation to that platform. So instead of having to build a new GIS out of Open Source, they’re using our tools to actually build out their solutions.
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A typically collaborative spirit got a bit competitive recently when a group of Esri employees met for a friendly soccer tournament known as the Esri Cup—co-ed, cross-departmental teams who compete on three fields in at least four matches. Friends and family members can also play, or just come out to enjoy the action and root teams on.
This was the first year some participated, including a colleague of mine in Human Resources, Megan. She got involved after hearing about Esri Cup from one of the hiring managers she supports. “I was a little worried about playing, because I had just finished recovering from an ankle injury,” she said. The day of the tournament, she was a little nervous, but excited. “It’s a very competitive match, and I knew some had been playing for several years.”
One of the great things about my role with Esri is the opportunity to interact with employees around the globe—in this case, some 8,300 miles away. Rohan Ganapathy, a product engineer in the Esri R&D Center–Sharjah, tells us about his work since joining Esri in May 2014 and his passion for Formula 1 racing.
How did you end up at Esri?
I was working for a GIS and mapping company called Fugro MAPS as a Product Support Executive for software called PromptServer. I worked mainly on the client side of this software and helped out with testing during its development in Sharjah. This Esri office was just a floor above MAPS.
After I left MAPS in 2013, I met with the general manager for the Esri R&D Center about a possible position as a product engineer. I was eager to take this, as I had experience with Esri software from the development side.
Molly Zurn, a documentation product engineer on the ArcGIS Online (AGOL) team, talks about her life at Esri and on the slopes. She’s been here almost 15 years, the last seven of which have been on the AGOL team.
Before joining the ArcGIS Online team, what was your role?
I’ve always worked on documentation. My degree is in geography, but I was hired because I didn’t have any GIS or technical skills. I came from a teaching background and was brought on to write non-technical documentation to make it friendlier to the non-GIS audience. I started with internet mapping services (ArcIMS), then Geography Network and RouteIMS, and then joined my current team when ArcGIS Online really got going.
Who can believe tomorrow is the first day of summer already? Well, those of you who live in California don’t see much of a difference in temperature, but where I’m from, we got 132 inches of snow this year. Yikes!
Southern California is a great place to be during the summer months. From beautiful beach days to music festivals and other great events, there is plenty to do to maintain that work-life balance.
TGIF, am I right? From everyone in Esri offices near and far, we hope you have a great, relaxing weekend!