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Adobe President and CEO Shantanu Narayen
Shantanu Narayen
7 Ratings

Pros
  • Work life balance is truly practiced (in 149 reviews)

  • Company offers great benefits; flexible time-off policy; decent work-life balance (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. IT department is a Disaster

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    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    There is no help for you.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Dysfunctional

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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


  3. Helpful (5)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Depressing, no growth, last of the old guard

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    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    see cons, then fix it.


  6. Helpful (6)

    Did not meet my expectations

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Hire better managers. Provide management training.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Stay away from the Omniture side, especially Adobe Digital

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Consultant (Adobe Digital) in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Consultant (Adobe Digital) in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Adobe

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

    Pros

    You really learn a lot and since it is consulting, you get to work with some really smart and great people from other companies. You know what is going on in many different industries.

    Cons

    Although you learn a lot and meet great people at other companies, the management within Omniture is really bad. Promotions are given out based on friendship and politics to people that don't deserve them and aren't capable of leading or managing others.

    At least at Adobe Digital, employees are treated very unfairly, talked down to, reprimanded both in front of others and privately and you are only as good as you next mistake. You are given way too much work for one person to handle and then chastised when you make one mistake. And this is not just my opinion, the proof is in the pudding. In San Francisco, the Adobe Digital team has hired over a dozen people in the last 2 years with all but one quitting prior to reaching their year mark (and Adobe pays out nice money for reaching a year). Yet they still tell interviewees what a wonderful place to work it is.

    Meanwhile, the managers of these disgruntled employees keep getting promoted and praised because the consulting group is still very profitable based on the premium they get for carrying the Adobe name. They are profitable and that seems to be all the VPs care about. The incredible part is that upper management is aware of these issues because of countless HR complaints, surveys and the out-of-control turnover, but they'd rather turn over the entire work force than fire the people responsible for the mess.

    Do yourself a favor and away from Adobe Digital and possibly even Omniture altogether. Check out the Adobe software business itself. I hear they are much happier.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees.
    Thing long term success based on investing on your human assets rather than short term profits and losing your best people.
    Treat everyone with respect, even those you aren't trying to impress.
    Get rid of the people that are quickly ruining what used to be a great part of your company.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Where people go to retire

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

    I have been working at Adobe

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, looks good on resume

    Cons

    Management, innovation or lack there of

    Advice to Management

    Leave


  9. Helpful (9)

    Horrible place to work.

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

    I have been working at Adobe

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits - no other reason.

    Cons

    Horrible politics, no leadership, no decision making, lack of management integrity. Stronger employees are routinely beaten down for political reasons. As another reviewer commented, the environment is best suited to people that are waiting to retire - if you actually have value to add it's going to be hard to watch all the co-workers who have given up.

    Advice to Management

    Try to decide on a strategy, and then communicate it. Focus less on job titles and pay some attention to people who are creating value in the company.



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