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.
A colorful table setting and festive hats were part of a “high tea” luncheon held in the Washington, DC office to honor Judy Rote, who will be retiring from Esri June 30th. It was also Judy’s birthday, so it was a dual celebration!
“My time with Esri has been a blessing, from getting to know of Jack and Laura and to having wonderful managers/supervisors,” Judy reflected. “It truly has been a pleasure to work for and with Esri. My retirement is bittersweet because of getting to know everyone and missing them. So, thank you Esri for 16 wonderful years!”
At a recent brown bag lunch for interns, a young professional, Kara, from Technical Support came to speak about what Esri looks for in a potential employee.
After graduating with a degree in geography, Kara became an intern at the Rae Selling Berry Seed Bank. With encouragement from her aunt, a geography professor at the University of Redlands, she pursued a job at Esri in Technical Support.
Kara spoke to the interns about her department and shredded any misconceptions of working in Technical Support. She showed the interns how being part of her department can be a stepping stone to a long-term career with Esri.
When hiring for the department, many would be intrigued to know what the most important characteristics are that hiring staff look for. Here are the four characteristics they look for in order of must have to teachable.
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.
Last week the interns got together to do this on an imaginary island. Eight teams of six interns made boats and rafts to help them get off the “island,” but naturally there was a twist. A seasoned employee was assigned to each team and would tell members they could not do something within their team, such as speak or use their hands or eyes.
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.
Maddy Ernesto, an intern in Esri’s Washington, DC office, recently had the opportunity to visit the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) office and interact with its staff.
“FEMA in one word was awesome! Being an intern, I never imagined I would have the opportunity to accompany some of my co-workers to a site visit, so you can imagine I was a bit nervous yet extremely excited,” said Maddy. “I was able to work hand-in-hand with FEMA workers developing maps and templates that will be used for disaster management in the future. I had never created any template or map that would be used for real-life scenarios, so it was a real honor to help with this project. The knowledge of how to more effectively use ArcGIS Online, along with the experience of working directly with clients, will be skills I will use throughout my GIS career and hopefully with Esri.”
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.
A great benefit to being an intern with Esri is the ability to connect with seasoned employees. Recently the interns had the opportunity to hear the stories of Chad Helm and Christie Pleiss in the Professional Services Division on how they found themselves at Esri. Both have been here for many years and started with a technical background that led them to become managers.
Some people say I am the master of multitasking, and they may just be right. While I am interning at Esri as a full-time summer intern I will also be a full-time student to make sure I will graduate on time and within four years. But wait . . . that’s not all. While it is difficult to keep up with both workloads, let me tell you why I need to take summer classes.