Adobe Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
1,091 Reviews
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Pros
  • Company offers great benefits; flexible time-off policy; decent work-life balance (in 148 reviews)

  • Good gym, great benefits, overall more positive experiences than bad ones (in 89 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance has also steadily deteriorated over the past few years (in 25 reviews)

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

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
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  5. 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
  6.  

    Great technology

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    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
  7. 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
  8.  

    Long time employee who loved working there...

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    Former Employee - Group Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Group Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Smart employees, nice facilities, good gym, good cafe, located in the heart of downtown San Jose

    Cons

    Adobe hires really smart people, but then doesn't let them do their jobs. Top down management style that doesn't get articulated well throughout the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the vision and the steps to get there more with employees. Make sure employees have a chance to shine, and not just the favored ones.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Okay if you report to a manager that actually cares about his/her team.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Adobe

    Pros

    Good location in downtown San Jose, some very good people at individual contributor level. Flexible work schedules and flexibility to work from home.

    Cons

    Upper management in IT are unapproachable and all about politics, lots of brown-nosers. Jobs seem to be shifting overseas. Lack of formal, documented processes around employee performance evaluations and salary/promotion/bonus decisions. If company is doing great, employees are not rewarded. But when company is not doing so good, salaries are frozen, employees are laid off, and bonuses are cut.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, good products, experience varies by department

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

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, smart people, exciting products.
    IT processes are well defined and it is a very collaborative work environment. Gym facility on-site went a long way in increasing my productivity. It can get very fast paced and demanding, but again, the fact that everyone supports each other is a great plus.
    I believe your experience will depend on which department you work for. In IT, it can be frustrating and chaotic at times. But people in product development and sales had only good things to say about their dept.

    Cons

    Middle management is sometimes clueless, and there was high attrition during my tenure there. Did not feel well compensated... there was no bonus (although it was included as a benefit when I accepted the job) and absolutely no acknowledgement of any contribution you make - again, it's a middle management problem. Promotions are notoriously hard to get. People are often brought in from outside rather than promoted within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Annual shakeup leaves a lot to be desired

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    Current Employee - Solutions Consultant in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Solutions Consultant in Provo, UT

    I have been working at Adobe full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work/Life balance is off the charts amazing.

    Cons

    Company's annual shakeup/reorganization essentially kills two months of productivity in December/January each year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find something that works and stick with it, or don't do wholesale reorgs every year, only fix the squeaky wheels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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