The Esri Difference

By Guest Blogger Aradhya, Professional Services Intern

It’s been over a month now since I joined Esri as an intern and it’s been a fun experience so far. I am an international student at University of Redlands and will be graduating with my MBA in Global Business in August. Esri has already been a catalyst for many friendships and professional relationships. Since day one, my fellow interns and I have exchanged much more than just Facebook and LinkedIn requests. We have watched some FIFA world cup games together, visited a few exciting places in SoCal, and went to Redlands’ biggest 4th of July celebration at the U of R.

I have been working with the Professional Services Division in the Extended Support Services program. The program has about 200 domestic and 100 global clients and it has been a great learning experience. I have been specifically working on data analysis and extracting information from raw data to help senior management take data-driven business decisions and visualize that information on a map. I have also been given the responsibility to analyze, develop, and implement business workflows, processes, rules, and products via Excel, SAP, and SharePoint. Although I have used Business Analyst and ArcGIS Online for my MBA coursework, visualizing current statistics and observing live examples has blown me away. That information looks incredible on a map. Due to all of this, the most important thing I am learning from my internship is time management. Unlike other interns at my schooling level, there is no real summer break for me. Working all day, taking evening classes, and completing my assignments and exams have been a completely new challenge for me, but I am enjoying it.

Before my MBA, I worked with many big corporations based in the US and Europe, but in my time here I have found that Esri is different. Esri is certainly doing innovative things and the future of the company looks bright. At Esri, you are given the freedom to express your creativity and connect the dots. People here are friendly and the atmosphere is family-like, where every employee motivates one another and tries to bring out the best in everyone. From the first day I joined Esri, I was assigned a mentor who has been a wonderful friend and has helped me at every step. The virtue of giving back to others and being generous can be seen at all levels of the company. Leadership of a company is what the employees will follow and I must say Esri has some smart people who are creative and innovative. What better example of leadership than Jack Dangermond himself, who recently announced that Esri is donating $1 billion in Esri software for schools to benefit millions of children. Esri strongly believes in giving back to society which has helped the firm grow exponentially. I feel I am growing professionally through my internship experience with Esri, and I am confident that my time here will help me in achieving my future goals.

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