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Updated December 26, 2014
Updated December 26, 2014
1,158 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Company offers great benefits; flexible time-off policy; decent work-life balance (in 149 reviews)

  • Good gym, great benefits, overall more positive experiences than bad ones (in 90 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance has also steadily deteriorated over the past few years (in 27 reviews)

  • senior management do not communicate well with employees of all levels (in 38 reviews)

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  1.  

    Watch out

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Adobe full-time

    Pros

    - Some innovative marketing products
    - Solid following with creative class
    - Decades of success in Silicon Valley
    - Offices are in good locations in San Francisco and San Jose

    Cons

    - Contradictions abound. Reality vs. claimed values often clash violently.
    - Many parts of the organization operate with an arrogant monopoly mindset and ask how can we take advantage of customers, employees and vendors rather than deliver the best products and services into the market?
    - Financial pressures lead senior managers to take shortcuts running business properly. How system purchases and compensation to employees is handled can be incredibly shortsighted and expensive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Totally misaligned with individuals interests.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY

    I worked at Adobe full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Name recognition and benefits are very good. Base salary was fair, and resources around benefits are good. Strong marketing organization helps grow the Brand.

    Cons

    Absurd levels of turnover in management ranks. Absolute disregard for individuals. The company is bereft of values and is tone deaf to individual's concerns. Having suffered through having family displaced during Hurricane Sandy, not one member of management reached out to offer anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teaching Managers to even pretend to care would be a good start. Some of the absolute worst people, character-wise I've ever encountered in 20 years

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Not the best company for everyone.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Adobe full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart, fun people overall. Challenging work.

    Cons

    Some product paths are not well defined and always changing. The manager seemed to take on way too much project workload causing them to experiment way too often with the team makeup and responsibilities. Made a lead developer the QE manager, causing a clear conflict of interest and direction in test quality and results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    IT department is a Disaster

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Adobe part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    How do you you know when IT Management is Lying? When their lips are moving.

    Cons

    Incompetence of IT managers and execs is glaring and Laughable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no help for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dysfunctional

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Adobe full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The stock price is going up

    Cons

    Management capabilities are lacking - lots of people in high level positions with no business being there.

    Adobe is a company that doesn't appreciate straight talk and addressing the issues head on. It is a very passive aggressive culture that only "yes" people thrive in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seriously look at the senior leaders within IT and reconsider who you have manning the ship

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Overpaid & Mediocre. How long can you milk a cash cow?

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Computer Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Computer Scientist in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Adobe full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Do nothing, blame others, rise upwards! Really, just "make it all look good" and you will be successful! Especially: be extra nice, overtly (okay to stab backs behind doors: everyone does that).

    Cons

    Can't sleep at night. Any ideas you have -- ESPECIALLY innovation (threatening!) -- will come to nothing. Management will see to that -- as they are measured on keeping the milk flowing from the cash cow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You don't want my advice! You are on the gravy train...until it crashes. Might be 6 years, when competitors finally produce value at the right price point.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Large Layoffs Every Year Cause High Employee Stress & Constant Re-Organization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Sourcing in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Global Sourcing in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Adobe full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice facilities, cafeteria, art on walls, fitness center, free snacks and drinks, in downtown San Jose near restaurants, good parking, and good benefits.

    Cons

    Sexual harassment is prevalent and Human Resources does nothing to offenders. Age and gender discrimination is rampant within certain departments. When these issues brought to Human Resources or Management's attention, they tell you how excited they are about being able to hire so many young, white, male, Mormon MBA's directly from Brigham Young because the manager has such good contacts there. This is completely against Adobe's expressed goal of hiring for diversity. In the last five years. eleven people over 40 years old were laid off in the same department of about 40 people and replaced with non-diverse hires.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate the company's values and goals to management and have HR resources ensure hiring compliance within all departments. Teach company values about hiring for diversity. Value the experience and skill that comes with age, and the perspective that comes from hiring different genders and religions. Take sexual harassment claims very seriously and take action

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Depressing, no growth, last of the old guard

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Adobe full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pulling market capital out of years of unrealized gains, creative cloud is a marketing move for the ages.
    Great work lifestyle, 6 hour days, lots of vacation, over paid when threatening to quit... Great to be a lifer.

    Cons

    Anyone with an ounce of motivation has left this company.
    You will fall behind and become over paid, leaving you with little experience to move on.
    No growth products and little innovation.
    Command and control leadership. Rules and plans are handed down from above.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    see cons, then fix it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Did not meet my expectations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Adobe as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The brand name, Adobe. Everyone knows it and it looks good on my resume.

    Cons

    Management was terrible, disorganized, demotivating, unappreciative.
    A total of 4 people in the specific job in two years; high turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire better managers. Provide management training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    ok but terribly political

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in McLean, VA

    I worked at Adobe full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Nice benefits, Flexible work hours, nice manager but spineless, nice office but work at home policy and vacation policy varies according to manager and not what is mentioned in the job offer letter (beware). Stock options with offer letter (beware as they disappear when you are let go which happens yearly)

    Cons

    Arrogance from folks at headquarters leads to mistrust in the field sales organization. The field experience is completely different than those in Utah or San Jose HQ locations. Beware when reading reviews of the locations of the reviewers. Many perks happen at HQ locations but not at the field locations. In fighting abounds between groups. The company goes through turmoil every time they buy another company. Layoffs happen yearly so beware as the stock options disappear if you get chosen to leave (they fail to tell you that when they make a great offer and give stock options).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the arrogance. Stop outsourcing jobs to India. Your US based Government customers get highly annoyed when calling for support and they can barely understand the accents since support is primarily in India.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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