Adobe Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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  1. Great benefits, lackluster leadership.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong benefits & compensation packages Good work/life balance for a majority of roles Open, friendly, and collaborative workspaces

    Cons

    Limited mobility, promotions are often few and far between Very slow to move, particularly considering location in Silicon Valley Disjointed strategic direction - a lot of people moving at a lot of different speeds at a lot of different angles.

    Advice to Management

    Determine a common strategy and goal for the organization. Rally teams behind this goal and make sure everyone understands how their jobs and contributions ladder to the companies overall success.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good points and bad points

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Adobe full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary Flexible work from home policy Great benefits Nice to have the brand name on the resume

    Cons

    Working in the consulting org can be challenging. Billable utilization targets keep going up, such that it's a more demanding job than it was a few years ago. In my part of the consulting org, attrition has been almost 1/3 of employees in the past year, due to lack of access to deserved promotions and frustration with ever-increasing billing requirements.

    Advice to Management

    Senior leadership needs to get it together - communication, consistency, and balancing aggressive profitably goals with retention.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great, big company. Not the place for those seeking fast-paced environment, however.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Adobe full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone knows the Adobe brand, though I got tired of being asked how to turn off the annoying Acrobat update reminders. Company treats employees well, with good benefits packages. They support a good work/life balance and promote telecommuting. Nice dual threat with Creative and Marketing clouds; vision resonating with the street and customers. Leadership is making the right decisions about moving to the "cloud" (though one could argue the Creative Cloud isn't really a cloud in the true sense of the term) and its work in the digital marketing field. Hard to argue with the runup of ADBE stock the past 18 months or so.

    Cons

    Big company feel. Upper management is stiff, despite their attempts to be otherwise. The digital marketing business--the fastest growing at Adobe--is still the ugly stepchild. The creative side is the cash cow, and that fact permeates the atmosphere at Adobe. Despite attempts to be nimble, Adobe's internal decision making machinery operates at a glacial pace. HR is way too involved in everything, and I never heard a positive comment about IT in the many years I spent at the company. They made some cool widgets for me as a business leader, but it's was nearly impossible for me to get their support for my own business initiatives. They were territorial without ever really adding value to the business where I worked.

    Advice to Management

    Creative Cloud is still showing impressively, though the digital marketing business seems to be commoditized now with the except of the AEM and Campaign tools. Try, try, try to create more of an innovative/startup mentality. The lack thereof is why many seasoned employees have left for more exciting ventures.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great Company to work for but...

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    For a large software company, this is a great place to work. The benefits package is pretty good and their stock options are great. Work life balance is not that great as you may end up working a lot of late nights and weekend.

    Cons

    The only way to get promoted is if someone leaves a position. The base salaries are not really competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your employees by promoting from within more often!


  6. Helpful (1)

    A fine place, but they operate like an ancient institution, not a modern, nimble tech innovator.

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great sustainability commitment. Decent work-life balance.

    Cons

    Adobe moves like a DINOSAUR. Incredibly siloed and resistant to change. Way too slow to address change (both internally and externally).

    Advice to Management

    Learn from Google, not Microsoft.


  7. good and well enough to sustain

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Business Development Manager in India, TX
    Current Intern - Business Development Manager in India, TX

    I have been working at Adobe as an intern (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    its amazing and mind blowing.. nice experience overall

    Cons

    no fee time and holiday.

    Advice to Management

    Do best and leave rest


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great Place to Work

    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Adobe full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Care about their employees, Great benefits, Flexible schedules

    Cons

    Can't really think of many cons. Wish they offered better salary raises but at least they do it unlike some other companies.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Great company, departmental deficiencies.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Lehi, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Lehi, UT

    I have been working at Adobe full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employee Stock Purchase Program. Stocked break rooms with some free food. Activities/Pro bono/Corporate Events. Software Purchase Program. Health/Wellness Benefit. Gym, Basketball Court indoor and outdoor. Cafe is mostly decent for lunch (reasonably priced).

    Cons

    Difficult to move up. Mismanagement and disincentive to go above and beyond for your job. You don't move up unless someone leaves, and even then that is no guarantee because someone could be hired in from the outside above you. Feedback given is often ignored. Shares/incentives kept at higher levels - not much trickle down.

    Advice to Management

    Shantanu is great, as is most of the senior staff. They have embraced the Cloud.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Pretty good company, but net talent loss

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

    I have been working at Adobe full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation is pretty competitive and the benefits are pretty good. The company truly cares about being a responsible member of the community in its green initiatives and volunteering opportunities. The Digital Publishing side of the business makes some very good, industry leading software.

    Cons

    Hiring managers are not given the tools to be competitive in finding and retaining the best talent. Some business units have basically given up on hiring locally in SF and fill positions almost exclusively in India. Some highly visible mistakes have been made by senior leadership with no one held accountable. This culture of unaccountability permeates down. It seems to be a complacent employee base made up mostly of nine to fivers waiting to retire, with no real motivation to move the needle. They are more than happy to let the truly talented minority carry them and the company on their back.


  11. Helpful (1)

    The company culture is changing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Cool products; Shorter release cycles; A lot of innovations; Awesome coworkers; Overall good benefit

    Cons

    The company's culture is changing, less interest in re-investing in the current employees; Frequent layoffs; Many teams actually work at a unssutainable pace

    Advice to Management

    Believe in your employees, give them chances to re-invest themselves instead of jsut laying them off, re-state the work-life balance from the upper management



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