Robust and comprehensive, but a steep learning curve
June 14, 2019

Robust and comprehensive, but a steep learning curve

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with ArcGIS

I work in architecture and engineering, and much of our work involves preparing site visits. We use ArcGIS to plan, strategize, and model what our next steps are. ArcGIS provides us with all the mapping tools we need, as its toolboxes open a plethora of opportunity to analyze the spatial data we are working with.


  • ArcGIS has so many tools to manipulate spatial data.
  • ArcCatalog makes it easy to find files.
  • Creating tools and modeling are a breeze in ArcGIS.


  • There is a steep learning curve for ArcGIS users.
  • It takes a lot of computing power for ArcGIS, as it can't be installed on every computer.
  • At times, tools can be outdated and there are many similar competitors making more web-based tools that can replace ArcGIS.
  • ArcGIS has a lot of different tools we can use to analyze our data in many ways. Makes our workflow more efficient if used correctly.
  • It is a specialized program, and only a select few know how to use the tools, but makes the trade more valuable to our clients.
  • It's helped us be able to take a large amount of spatial data and display it in a visual way, rather than analyzing it on an excel sheet.
There is a reason why ArcGIS and Esri is still a leader in the spatial data industry. Their tools are irreplaceable, though many other mapping companies are taking the technology further and enabling their maps to be better seen or used on a web-based platform or browser. ArcGIS is a static program and will most likely stay that way. Though it lacks in the compatibility with web tools, the program itself is powerful and we are able to make a lot of analysis on the program alone and is still useful for entities who use ArcGIS and do not necessarily need a web-based component.
Our team does a lot of coordination and scheduling for field assessments. ArcGIS is the most comprehensive and robust mapping program we've used and it has offered a lot of benefits to how we can strategically analyze our spatial data. The toolbox of modeling tools is especially helpful when we are predicting future routes or analyze the spatial data we are given.


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