Category Archives: Work-Life Balance
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.”
Turns out Megan had no need to be nervous. Her team, Thunderstruck, came in second. Red Bull Redlands came home with the championship trophy … and a year of bragging rights, of course.
“It was a great day. I got to see people in a different light—a fun, yet competitive environment,” Megan said. “I would love to play again next year.”
Donny in Industry Solutions added, “The tournament is always fun. There’s enough competition to take it seriously, yet you’re playing with many familiar faces, and that lightens the mood. It serves as a time for me to catch up with old friends.”
Even though Esri Cup is an annual event, there are year-round opportunities for staff to play soccer. Many participate in adult leagues offered at the Drayson Center, a nearby fitness and recreation facility, where Esri employees receive a substantial discount on membership fees. “I also play at the Drayson Field co-ed league; the most fun matches are always against other Esri teams,” said Donny.
Will Red Bull Redlands hold on to the championship next year? Time will tell!
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!
One of the most common misconceptions about marketing, in my opinion, is it only encompasses one job function. Through my studies as a marketing major at Syracuse University, I have come to realize a marketing position is not just one singular role, and that’s what has attracted me to the field. What interests me about Esri is GIS is something relatively new in my life, and new is exciting. From what I do understand, I see the incredible power this technology has to map disease, help underprivileged communities, work on disaster relief efforts, and so much more. I am also beginning to see my role will encompass many areas of marketing, especially working on ways to attract students and new grads to the company, something I am excited to do!
I recently had the opportunity to get to know two members of our IST Division, Diana and Dimitri. We talked about what it’s like being a business analyst at Esri, what motivates them, and what skills are most valued in new recruits.
How long have you been with Esri?
Diana: I’ve been here over 14 years; the last 8 have been in IST. Before that, I was in the US Air Force.
Dimitri: I started January 2012, and prior to that I was an SAP consultant for 16 years.
Do you each have a specialty within the business analyst role?
Diana: It’s expected that we have the general skills of a business analyst—requirements gathering, processes, communications—that type of collaboration is needed. But we each also have specialized skills where we understand a particular product—in my case, Salesforce—and can take those requirements and figure out how to build them into the system.
Dimitri: When I got hired, I had the HR background from both the business and the SAP side, so it was easy for me to transition into my role here. Additionally, my prior consulting experience gave me the skills I needed to be a successful business analyst at Esri.
From its very own circus to locally brewed orange-inspired beer, from 16 parks to a high school with a working farm, discover some of the reasons why we feel Redlands is special.
For a lot of us, this time of year can be especially stressful … buying gifts, preparing special meals, and a full social calendar. But if you’re looking for a new job or considering a career change, you don’t have to put the job hunt on hold until after the New Year. Esri HR partners Kristin and Megan share some tips on how you can make the most of looking for a new opportunity during the holiday season.
Just East of Los Angeles, surrounding the Esri campus, resides a robust and active metropolitan area known as the Inland Empire. Check out the cultural—and crazy!—attractions that are all within a short drive of Esri. From fondue restaurants with live music to a museum dedicated to the history of aviation, the “IE” is not short on things to do and places to see.
The adventure starts here: http://ugis.esri.com/IETour/#