Corbis Reviews

Updated August 14, 2015
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Corbis President and CEO Gary Shenk
Gary Shenk
35 Ratings

Pros
  • Corbis has good benefits and great work-life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • Good benefits, small/mid size company provides lots of opportunities to make a big impact and lots of opportunity to learn and have personal growth (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of transparency from everyone from manager level to upper management (in 15 reviews)

  • That doesn't excuse senior management for not having a clear idea of what the motley of businesses mean and how they're all going to fit together (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Poor Management (or lack thereof)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Corbis full-time

    Pros

    There are some great people who all work very hard at the lower end of the company. Corbis offers decent benefits package for healthcare and vacation. Some great community/charitable outreach ideas but even these suffer due to ineffective and practical consideration and application.

    Cons

    The company suffers from a middle and upper management infrastructure that is bloated, outdated and archaic on all levels with no clear and concise focus on today, let alone the future. Incredibly limited vision on how to effectively drive revenue/growth in a challenging marketplace. Zero loyalty to lower level staff regardless of long term performance.

    Advice to Management

    EVOLVE. Employ some practical, realistic and forward thinking ideas. Listen and involve staff in direction and policy decisions instead of simply inflicting tired, unrealistic changes and quotas that, in the short term, only serves yourselves and your own self worth rather that benefiting the company as a whole.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Look someplace else

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    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work with great people

    Cons

    Corbis can't come up with a single original idea but instead spends the little money it does make, or it can get from uncle Bill, on buying out other companies and then destroys the creativity and unique ideas the acquired companies have with bureaucracy. No potential for upward movement and little to no communication from management about the plan moving forward.

    Advice to Management

    Find a better company and save yourself the headache.


  3. Stay Away - Don't Work Here!

    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is an at-will employee.

    Cons

    No Sales Leadership at the Executive or Sr. Management Level. Toxic environment. Everyone looking over their shoulders.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Always hopeful

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Worked with some great people that worked hard despite very discouraging circumstances year after year.

    Cons

    Emotion-driven decision making by management, the CEO allows only yes-men to remain on the executive team. The message about the "new path forward" differed every single year so there was eventually no credibility with employees - this was so pervasive that eventually the CEO stopped communicating with the employees altogether.

    Advice to Management

    Leave the ivory tower that is your office and walk the floor - let your employees see you rather than expecting them to just have faith that things will be better year after year.


  6. Helpful (18)

    Dear Bill Gates: Please put Corbis out of its misery, thanks. Sincerely, Every former, current, and future employee

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    Current Employee - Washington in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Washington in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Corbis (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues who care deeply about the work they are doing An archive of imagery that's unmatched Decent health benefits Market-rate pay for certain roles Looks great from the outside

    Cons

    Zero executive accountability The Stockholm Syndrome you'll likely have after working here CEO who shifts strategy/direction to the detriment of the company....over and over again Every product from every Corbis line of business launched in the past 5-7 years Bi-annual layoffs HR in general The Corbis website Revolving door of senior leadership - the good escape (or are fired for voicing an opinion) the bad stay, forever.

    Advice to Management

    Advice at Corbis is frowned up but ok. Dear Mr. Shenk - I hope at some point in your career you'll be forced to embrace the fact that you're uniquely unsuited for a leadership role of any level. Based on the company performance alone you clearly have no ability to lead a team, retain talent, manage to grow a profitable, stable business or possess the skill or vision to succeed in a C-level role.


  7. Helpful (8)

    Goal-Oriented? Corbis is a bad choice for you.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Corbis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Corbis has some nice benefits including a free ORCA card. There are also regular office gatherings and team outings. Corbis also encourages employees to volunteer together. The mid-level managers are great to work with and are really trying hard to move Corbis in a positive direction (although the direction changes too often for them to do so). The product (the images and video) are fantastic to work with and the main reason I stay around.

    Cons

    The staff morale is horrible. People who have worked for Corbis over one year are so beat down by constant change in direction, layoffs, under-staffing and lack of traction on projects that it is impossible for them to feel like they are making an impact. Corbis also makes no money and so layoffs are inevitable when numbers aren't met. If you are a goal-oriented person, working at Corbis will be incredibly painful for you. You will make goals and not be able to reach them because of factors outside of your control. There always seems to be a scapegoat department when goals aren't met and technology and marketing were the targets in 2014. Executive leadership changes yearly as well, which is a big indicator of the volatility of the business.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the company and make it possible for Corbis to compete in the market. Otherwise based on the trajectory, Corbis has a few more years until it is done for. You can't change strategic direction once a month and expect to gain any traction. Your employees are incredibly unhappy and so your pool of talent is all leaving the company.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Business Development

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    great clients and teamwork among employees.

    Cons

    no ability to move up within the company. unsavory/poor decision making leadership. morale is bad. constant layoffs. don't get comfortable. negative work environment.

    Advice to Management

    get rid of current leadership and listen to employees/give employees a voice.


  9. Helpful (10)

    No direction... No accountabilty.... No career advancement opportunities... No reason to even show up... Why bother!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    After 25+ years and not a penny earned the doors are still open and the lights are on thanks to Uncle Bill. All you can drink drip coffee. Bi-Annual layoffs... trust me this can be a positive thing. Pay/Benefits were decent.

    Cons

    No profit so no money for upkeep. Demoralizing Bi-Annual layoffs. Management is useless. Good people leaving in droves.

    Advice to Management

    Who are you kidding? Do everyone at Corbis a favor and just walk away... trust me they would be better off without you! and think of all the cost savings!!!


  10. Helpful (5)

    Do not work here. It is bad for your career.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Corbis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are no pros to working here but I am required to enter at least twenty words in my review.

    Cons

    I have no clue what some of the other recent reviews are talking about. This is a company that had no direction other than satisfying the whims of upper level management. There is no focus on profitability at this company. To make it worse, lip-service is given to profitability but the only strategy to make themselves profitable is to continue cutting staff. Things have been cut so much that Corbis already has trouble performing basic functions of a business, and more cuts are coming. (One major Con is that I can't give this company 0 stars.)

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with yourselves and with the people that work for you. If you really don't care about making the company profitable let people know.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Just Say No to Corbis!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Corbis full-time (More than 3 years)

    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 Management

    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.



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