I started at Esri in August 2006. I am responsible for internal purchases of software, hardware, maintenance, and new product/vendor development. I work most closely with our Systems Department. They are very professional and I feel comfortable when I need to ask questions.
Working at a company that develops the best GIS software is great. I am attracted to technology. I love the idea that Esri is privately owned and gives a lot to the community. There is a sense of integrity here, a whole community. I feel balanced.
Work is challenging and changing. In the time I've been at Esri, I have seen how forward thinking the management teams are. There are processes that we can always improve on. It's exciting to be part of that environment. You can see that there are opportunities and that your work and career can evolve.
There are so many interesting projects. This year, I will be making arrangements for the 700-800 computers that we will borrow and/or purchase for the Esri International User Conference in San Diego. The machines will be used to showcase our GIS software. It's a massive project, but our computer systems teams know what they are doing, and it's exciting to be part of that effort.
I enjoy working with my colleagues. Most of my communication with the systems team is through e-mail and phone. They are very patient and encourage me to ask questions. Also, management is welcoming and willing to hear us out if we have a suggestion to try something a different way.
Esri feels like a college campus. We are spoiled with beautiful weather here. When you are on your way to a meeting, you just want to stop and breathe. Walking in a campus setting just makes you feel good.