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Updated Mar 31, 2014

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2.4 124 reviews

18% Approve of the CEO

Corbis President and CEO Gary Shenk

Gary Shenk

(98 ratings)

20% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Just Say No to Corbis!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    Cons1. 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 Old outdated technology that continues to linger with no sings of it being replaced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 Senior ManagementQuit. 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Unless its the only job left on earth

    Senior Manager, User Experience (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

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

    ConsSimply 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 Senior ManagementResign you are an embaressment

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    From Thrilling to Utter Disappointment

    Manager (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

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

    ConsUpper 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 Senior ManagementStart treating people like people, not walking salaries. Focus. Focus. Focus.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Broken and Unmotivated

    Manager (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

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

    ConsFrequent 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 Senior ManagementHopefully 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?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The hellmouth of DOOM.

    Mid-Level (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

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

    ConsUpper 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 Senior ManagementValue 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Please value your employees

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) 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 Senior ManagementValue 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Whats the point

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsBill's unlimited check book remains

    ConsWhy is this place still around

    Advice to Senior ManagementI didn't realize there was any management at Corbis

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Meeting about meeting about meeting about meeting

    Account Executive (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsCo workers are great and ensure a team effort.

    ConsImplemented policies should have a reasonable shelf life.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe accountable

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A long way down the rabbit hole

    Software Developer (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsOccasionally 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.

    ConsIsolation 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 Senior ManagementStand 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    What a complete sinkhole this company has become

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

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

    ConsStrong 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 Senior ManagementSenior 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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