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Corbis Reviews

Updated March 31, 2014
Updated March 31, 2014
146 Reviews

2.3
146 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance in IT is actually pretty reasonable, and the team genuinely cares about your livelihood outside of work (in 10 reviews)

  • Nice people at the low to mid levels, good benefits, vacation, etc (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior Management and the entire business vision, or rather lack of it (in 14 reviews)

  • upper management, lack of communication, silos maintained (in 14 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just Say No to Corbis!

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

    Pros

    Um, not really many pros left. They all left or got laid off, and the "pros" that remain are far under compensated or appreciated

    Cons

    1. Couldn't rate them zero starts
    2. No budget to fix anything
    3. Management has no direction or inspiration for their employees
    4. Old outdated technology that continues to linger with no sings of it being replaced
    5. No future
    6. Delayed bonuses this year
    7. Bonus "Target" is 10%, but has never been close to that sense I was there
    8. Don't rehire positions once people leave
    9. I'm tired of typing, just look at every other review, and then go apply somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit. Your not helping anything. There are to many chiefs and nobody to actually do the work. You can't hire more managers to get more work done. It doesn't work that way. Also, promote your staff. Dont keep making empty promises.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unless its the only job left on earth

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

    Pros

    The history of the company, with 'history' being the operative word.

    Cons

    Simply the worse run company on earth. No leadership or vision, everyone works in a atmosphere that they are going to be the next ones to be let go. HR has pizza parties on the days of mass lay offs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign you are an embaressment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    From Thrilling to Utter Disappointment

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

    Pros

    Nice people at low to mid levels, bus pass, decent benefits

    Cons

    Upper management changes direction daily, running the company like Moe, Larry and Curly. There are layoffs quarterly or "reduction in forces" necessary to accommodate perceived market fluidity or to make up for other oversights aka "experiments." Morale is suitably low. Goal setting/incentive process is an utter sham and in fact, the company arbitrarily changed the payout date so that although my goals were met for 2013, I did not receive the incentive. I worked my hardest and was left with a really bad feeling overall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start treating people like people, not walking salaries. Focus. Focus. Focus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Broken and Unmotivated

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

    Pros

    Nice people at the low to mid levels, good benefits, vacation, etc.

    Cons

    Frequent restructuring leads to unpredictable staff reductions. Those left standing are best served by keeping their heads down so as not to be noticed when the chopping block is out again. Everyone suffers when this type of constant inexplicable change occurs - those who were forced out and those who remain, paranoid and demotivated and sad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopefully your latest idea works better than the last twenty or so. These are actual people you are dealing with not just numbers. But, that's business, right?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    The hellmouth of DOOM.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mid-Level  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Mid-Level in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Casual work environment, complimentary bus pass, nice benefits package, company events are well-planned and a nice perk.

    Cons

    Upper management never stands up for anything... it's a very 'yes-man' atmosphere with extreme non-transparency. Multiple bad decisions by upper management/CEO have been made in my time here with no consequences. Corbis took an amazing and creative company (Veer) and squeezed every last bit of life out of it. The IT/Tech aspect of this company is a joke. Nothing has ever ran smoothly in that regard. This place is doomed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value employees instead of treating them like expendable robots. Stop running from creativity & innovation. Focus on what you can do differently to rise in the market instead of barely getting by.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Please value your employees

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

    Pros

    - You are surrounded by smart, capable people who do their job very well.
    - Flexible work environment
    - Metro card

    Cons

    - Insultingly low pay
    - Upper management doesn't know what they are doing
    - No regard for advancement of current employees
    - unfocused business plans that stay vague until they fail then lower level employees get cut

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees more. This will create loyalty and hard workers. Oh, and find a new CEO that can handle responsibility like an adult instead of failing and never having to face consequences.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Whats the point

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

    Pros

    Bill's unlimited check book remains

    Cons

    Why is this place still around

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I didn't realize there was any management at Corbis

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

    Meeting about meeting about meeting about meeting

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

    Pros

    Co workers are great and ensure a team effort.

    Cons

    Implemented policies should have a reasonable shelf life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be accountable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A long way down the rabbit hole

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

    Pros

    Occasionally there will be managers and teams that support learning and moving technology forward, but then usually move on to better opportunities. The benefits are nice and competitive with market. Layout of the IT floor is decent, though the building, while old and sturdy, can be difficult to move about the building or get a signal on a wireless connection.

    Cons

    Isolation down to just you at most of the time. IT teams do not collaborate as a normal tech company would. Technology direction is based on the whim of the last business endeavor to occur and without consulting the IT teams to determine the best strategy.

    IT uses old technology and old standards while spending more time on maintenance tasks for this old tech instead of updating these decade old systems to newer low maintenance systems.

    Utilizes outdated testing strategies and does not invest into upgrading these strategies. Does not fully leverage Unit testing. Does not leverage any automated testing scenarios.

    Build and deploy mechanisms still rely on old copy systems and is prone to failure and data corruption. Deployment 'nights' are long and arduous filled with a serialized deploy of each system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand up to the business and start helping them make rational decisions and do not let them drive technology responsibilities.

    IT management does not recognize failures in older systems when they occur, instead they blame new code and tech even after proof the old system is at fault. After a failure is accepted, they are often never addressed to see if a solution to prevented in the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    What a complete sinkhole this company has become

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

    Pros

    The collections of images that are represented inspire every day. The offices are very nice too.

    Cons

    Strong intelligent leadership is non existent. Most informed and inspring leaders are either fired in order to hide the inadequacies of senior management or leave totally demoralized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management should acknowledge they do not have any understanding of technolgy and the modern media industry. They need to stop pretending they are now an entertainment agency and hire the right folks to take a wonderful company further in the new millenium.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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