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Adobe Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
1,102 Reviews
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1,102 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Who you know is how you get ahead

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Adobe full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great technology , Great pre sales teams across the globe , amazing presales training ,

    Cons

    Stuck in the shrinkwrap business , human resources does not have your back, unfair hiring practices , every November you wonder if your team will be around - layoff. They stack rank their people based on relationship, They will put you on plan so as to replace you with a buddy and avoid any layoff HR Rules of rehire

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your HR department , Focus on SaaS , and take some risks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company but hard to move up

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Adobe

    Pros

    Worked as an intern there and spent quite a while there and loved the environment and the people who worked there.

    Cons

    Very hard to move from team to team and no one really seems to appreciate if you work extra hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on helping individuals grow within the position

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart friendly people who work hard then Adobe lays them off with no warning

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Lehi, UT
    Former Employee - Consultant in Lehi, UT

    I worked at Adobe full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome benefits. Great people. Nice perks.

    Cons

    Absolutely no corporate loyalty to their employees. I was there for almost 3 years and I experienced many layoffs, and many friends/co-workers laid off...like 30 or more. The salaries are not as high as it should be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't listen to Wallstreet so much, and do what's best for your company and employees instead of just trying to look good financially.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    IT Client Services

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    Current Employee - IT Client Services in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - IT Client Services in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Pay is great.

    Cons

    Management seems to use Gartner to make all their decisions and want to just manage vendors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep some of the jobs internal.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company with great benefits and salary but increasingly weak leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Adobe full-time

    Pros

    Great people, good environment, good benefits

    Cons

    Leadership is constantly trying to make changes. Reorgs are annual and most often dont make sense. Communication is very poor and changes are often not announced in an appropriate manner.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company w/ smart, passionate people hampered by frequent management shuffles and a more Darwinian culture.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Adobe full-time

    Pros

    - Fantastic brand
    - Working with smart, passionate, and dedicated people.
    - Most teams are extremely customer focused.
    - For some teams, great work life balance.
    - Terrific benefits and compensation.

    Cons

    - Highly matrixed organization
    - Lack of a strong long-term strategy = frequent project & people churn
    - For some teams, not-so-great work life balance
    - Decision making hub is in the Bay Area (SJ/SF), so not being there will likely impact your career in the long-term.
    - Team-to-team collaboration is being displaced by politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Agile and Lean doesn't mean management should constantly throw new requirements with little time/resources and still expect quality work. Set the goals, empower your teams to deliver the best experience to the customer, and step out of the way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company to work for if you are not in IT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and great benefits

    Cons

    Worst IT department I've ever worked in and I worked in many... Ironically there are lots of great, very skilled and smart pros on the bottom level who are doing the great job but quality of upper managment in general is drastically low considering it's a SV company. Using their department as a sandbox to play with different org models killing the spirit and demotivates people who could make a difference and pull their business processes and customer support out of this stoneage shithole it stays at the moment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are serious about improving customer experience as you are declaring, hire experienced leaders who knows exactly how to achieve it, not a bunch of demagogues who just keep talking about SAAS, Virtualization and Cloud without a single successful business transformation project behind their backs... And please stop those annual spirit killing layoffs. There is no point to strive for excellency if one knows that he may be laid off regardless of his performance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Adobe: smart people, best in class products, but gradually suffocating from operational obsession and overreach.

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    Former Employee - Business Development in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Business Development in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Adobe full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Truly smart and talented team. Best in class products. Excellent pay and benefits. Progressive management and corporate culture/citizenry.

    Cons

    Constant changes in strategic focus limit employee's long term achievement and career growth potential. Company perversely limits its own agility; too hamstrung by operational controls to effectively compete in new markets or react to emerging competitive threats.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a 5 to 10 year strategic plan/vision to provide a backdrop and guideposts for more changeable annual strategic plans. Be willing to invest more deeply and consistently to achieve long term growth and win markets. Be more paranoid. Be more agile.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great technology

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Channel Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Channel Manager in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at Adobe full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great technology and people - terrific legacy and contributions to the market - bright future - tremendous market share - great earnings

    Cons

    Driven by the street with little tolerance for new ventures - focus is on large corporate markets with low attention or cultural stomach for SMB markets and channels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Microsoft wanna be... Steve Jobs quotes it best

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Adobe full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and bonus to top 10% and mgmt. perks
    If you are a recent acquired company or deemed crucial for future, its awesome

    Cons

    Yearly offshore of jobs, especially in BU that are cash cows.
    Execs dont invest or take chances other than acquisition.
    Hackfest ideas are almost never followed through.
    Management isn't incentivated to take risks or innovate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to jobs... innovate, take chances.
    Its not about how you look, or metrics about how many bugs you fix that shows on report.
    As these are corporate values that are often easily gamed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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