Category Archives: Work-Life Balance

Get to Know Redlands

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.

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Job Hunting During the Holidays: Naughty or Nice?

Esri HR Partners Kristin, left, and Megan

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.

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Get to Know the “IE” in Esri Story Map

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:

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Summer in Redlands: Something for Everyone!

By Maura, Strategic Marketing Intern

Summer has now officially begun, and Redlands and the surrounding areas are kicking their seasonal activities into full swing. Although within driving proximity to Los Angeles and San Diego, Redlands and nearby cities offer a wide variety of events closer to home.

Celebrate 4th of July in Redlands with a picnic in the park, family-friendly parade, and one of the largest fireworks shows in California. The opening ceremonies include a four jet flyover, a USAF C-17 flyover, and skydivers landing in the center of the stadium. Fun for all ages!

The Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival offers free, live music on Tuesday and Friday nights. This year’s offerings include a Chinese dance company, Frank Sinatra and John Denver tributes, symphony concerts, a ballet, and The Sound of Music. All are invited to join in a community sing beforehand.

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A New “Face” on the Esri Careers Blog

Meet Maura, who will be a regular contributor to the blog this summer. Stay tuned for her posts on student programs, events for Esri interns, adventures around town and beyond, and much more.

Upon deciding to pursue a Geographical Studies undergraduate major, I began the prerequisite courses, one of which was a class on basic GIS. On my campus at the University of Chicago, few outside the Geographical Studies department have heard the terms “GIS” and “Esri.” However, after explaining to my peers what the software is, many claim some sort of knowledge, whether they used it at a previous internship or are familiar with its use in news articles, etc.

The class I took was also my first introduction to GIS. Although I am not tech savvy, I was greatly intrigued by the variety of uses for GIS in a multitude of fields. The study of geography is similar in this way: although united by one field, there are so many uses and paths one can follow in the exploration of geography and GIS that they are impossible to list. Thus, with a new interest in GIS and its uses in the everyday world, I jumped at the chance to intern at Esri.

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Special Guest Host for April’s #EsriJobChat on Twitter

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.

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Hitting the Internship Jackpot

By Guest Bloggers Sara, Professional Services; Melanie, Support Services; Stacey, Education Content; and Kristen, Marketing/Industry Solutions

No matter how great the area, the job, or the people, new experiences can be hard to grapple with—especially when you move to a new location. Having a strong support system during these transitions is really important, and that’s what we got from each other.

As far as summer jobs go, the four of us know that we hit the internship jackpot this year. To say that we have been lucky to have the chance to spend a summer in Southern California with intern duties that go far beyond the stereotypical coffee retrieval would be selling our experiences short. Here at Esri, we have not only had the chance to put our educational and career experiences to work in roles that resemble full-time employees, but we have also had the opportunity to form strong friendships.

Every year, Esri attracts a wide variety of students from all over the country to participate in its summer internship program. Although most interns share a common love of all things geography, the scope of student backgrounds is vast. In mid-May, the four of us came together to begin our 12 weeks as interns and found that we all had much more in common than our resumés may have initially suggested:

  • Sara from North Royalton, Ohio, is a geography master’s student at the University of South Carolina.
  • Melanie from Phoenix, Arizona, is a recent graduate of the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s in geography/GIS.
  • Stacey, from Fonthill, Ontario, is a recent graduate from the University of Miami with a master’s in geography and will begin a Ph.D. in social studies education at the University of Georgia this fall.
  • Kristen from Stow, Ohio, is a rising senior and marketing major at Boston College.

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An Intern’s Observation: Esri Employees Passionate about their Work

By Guest Blogger Deepak, Professional Services

I am working as a summer intern in Professional Services at Esri’s headquarters in Redlands, CA. I have seven years of work experience in various multinational companies and I am currently pursuing an MBA from the University of Arizona. My goals for this internship were to get real-time experience in managing large technology projects and developing technology strategies for clients.

I am working primarily with the Technical Advisor Team which supports Esri Extended Support Programs such as the Enterprise and Business Partner Advantage Programs. As a technical advisor, you have to understand clients’ business needs and develop a technology strategy that aligns to these needs. This summer I have been attending technical planning sessions and client calls, as well as helping the team with developing high-level work plans for these clients.

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My Life as a Summer Intern, Part 2

By Guest Blogger Zack, Support Services Intern

Left to right Zack, Sara, Mike, Philipp, Kristen, and Kiril
on a recent lunch break in the Esri Café.

Not knowing many people in this part of the country, I wondered what I would do to unwind during my off-duty hours this summer, since I’m a firm believer in work–life balance. To my relief, it was easy to make friends in the internship program, and it will be difficult saying goodbye when my 12 weeks here are completed. I’ve gotten to know many of the other interns over lunchtime chats in the Esri Café or at one of the scheduled networking events, but it’s still nice to relax and spend time with each other outside of the workplace.

Luckily, there is no shortage of opportunities for fun social outings during time off regardless of where one’s interests lie, from catching a baseball game to seeing a musical performance or national park. Centrally located in the Inland Empire region of Southern California, Redlands is a short drive from cities like Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and San Diego. Weekend trips to visit friends or family, shop, or just lounge at the beach are tempting options. One highlight of my summer was going to Las Vegas, NV for an exciting weekend getaway.

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My Life as a Summer Intern, Part 1

By Guest Blogger Zack, Summer Intern

I’m spending this summer as a Desktop Support Services Intern at the Esri headquarters in Redlands, CA. Before accepting this position, I was a geography graduate assistant at Minnesota State University and an undergraduate GIS lab assistant at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. This blog series chronicles my observations and experiences of life in the internship program.

When first told I’d be spending my summer in desktop support, I panicked slightly, wondering whether my technical proficiency was up to standards. Fortunately, rather than being expected to pick up a headset and start troubleshooting from Day 1, my first several weeks in the internship program were spent acclimating to the work environment, building a solid foundation for the months ahead, and becoming familiar with the ways Esri supports its users.

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