Corbis
2.4 of 5 121 reviews
www.corbis.com Seattle, WA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Corbis President and CEO Gary Shenk

Gary Shenk

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21% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    New management, less of those who matter.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsWork-life balance in IT is actually pretty reasonable, and the team genuinely cares about your livelihood outside of work.

    ConsLack of direction in managing; projects with high budgets were cancelled suddenly, and their respective employees associated with them canned for little to no good reason.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere are far too many of you. Where layoffs are happening, Corbis is just hiring more management. It's a classic problem with a classic outcome.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overrated - It looks beautiful on the outside

    Account Executive (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsBenefits, a Bill Gates Company, nice office, Great content and resources.

    ConsManagement, Management, Management. Management has no idea what they are doing. The company is in a divide. Lay-offs every 6 months while they promote management. The CEO is a joke. He needs to step down and stop wasting peoples time with his own genius ideas. Did I mention how our technology is very old and broken? While the world moved on, we are still stuck in the Windows 95 stage. Even though we are a Bill Gates company, our technology is so old that it crashes all the time from the homepage, to the internal website, to emails, to phones. It's really frustrating but the company will not reinvest on the images side. They are focusing their time and energy on Gary's great idea - Entertainment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's not your employees fault, it's your fault. You need to fix what is on top and reinvest in your employees. The people below you are making the money, not you. Please be respectable.

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

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    Agreed, Just SAY NO!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsSupport staff is great and helpful.

    ConsMost execs are not friendly or helpful. Some don't even want you to ask questions when you need to. Seems some have a closed-door policy when it comes to support staff and view them as another number that can be easily replaced. I know some that can look you in the eye and lie without a second thought. If you have any issues, especially with any of the execs and/or upper management, don't count on HR to help you out. HR is there solely for the upper management and execs. People losing their job seemed like a daily occurrence around there. Staff doesn't feel secure and many are in fear of losing their job on a daily basis. And the budget, they can pay their execs high dollar but you ask for something and "it's not in the budget". Not a secure feeling working for a company like Corbis!

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to put yourself in the position of support staff - remember you were once there. You claim to be a transparent company, try living that and actually doing it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    still churn'n and burn'n

    Manager (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    Prosgood smart people and lots of problems too work on

    Consexpensive executive non-servant leader managers pent on driving you top down style

    Advice to Senior Managementfind other employers

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

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    Slowly regressing as a brand

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSmart, creative, easy-going colleagues work or once worked here. Some of the collections are beautiful and well curated. Employee benefits are good.

    ConsLike others have stated, folks in upper management have little focus or bite off more than they can chew, resulting in frequent yet unpredictable layoffs. Minimal progress happens at a snail's pace. There is almost no communication and where there is, message is patronizing or meaningless. Technical Infrastructure appears to be lacking as temporary fixes occur often. Employees are highly highly insecure about their jobs. Direct managers are happy to help with career advancement, but company itself allows no room for growth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in your employees and give them what they need to do the job. Go see what it is that they do. Stop making knee-jerk reactions based on metrics.

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

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    Low Pay, Little Opportunity

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros- Many talented, dedicated colleagues.
    - Casual work environment.
    - Semi-flexible with hours.
    - Pretty good benefits.

    Cons- CEO is disliked across the board by any employee I've ever talked to, and nobody has faith in upper-management.

    - Low salaries, with little chance of significant raises. Not many internal promotions.

    - They keep your title low, so it's hard to even build your resume for the next opportunity. Titles do not always reflect the actual work being done.

    - Annual layoffs of talented workers, leading to incredibly low employee morale. Everyone is constantly complaining about this place, their job, etc.

    - Mid-level management keeps quiet and doesn't stir the pot. Very corporate, yes-man mindset.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a new CEO immediately. Retain and promote employees who show their value. Change a culture that tells employees to do the bare minimum, instead of their best.

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

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    I'm embarrassed to work here

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros--Great product offering.
    --Talented and great people working here
    --Good work/life balance

    Cons--Senior leadership is MIA most of the time.
    --Zero communication from the top about anything. I haven't seen or heard from the CEO in months. Heads/VPs do nothing to communicate their teams' work or accomplishments.
    --Pay is not competitive
    --Annual layoffs (no exaggeration).

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe old ways of licensing are no longer sustainable. Stop trying to keep it alive. Slow adaptation has prevented you from competing in this business while other companies have surged ahead. Only some bold shifts in strategy will save this company.

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

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    Ups and downs...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsExciting field - the quality of the product Corbis is selling is unmatched in the industry.

    ConsCompany has been going through a lot of downsizing lately. Seems like the best people are being let go or are leaving on their own (abandoning a sinking ship???). Employees show a lot of paranoia and most are keeping their resumes up-to-date!

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhat is the real cost savings when the best resources are not retained? From the employee point-of-view, my job would be on-the-line if I was highly paid or over 50. If this is NOT reality, it certainly seems to be so for the employees!

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

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    Strange Place

    Sales (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsNice people who treat each other well. The benefits are decent for a dead industry. You get to work with beautiful pictures.

    ConsExecutive leadership changes direction every few months. Annual layoffs. No real opportunities for promotion. Not organized. Revenue above all else.

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

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    Bad Leadership Leads to Bad Decisions

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsCorbis has a solid group of dedicated employees across the organization. Within scope of responsibilities individual contributors appear to be knowledgeable and hardworking.

    The traditional Corbis business is in transition; with this is opportunity to work on some fun and innovative projects.

    ConsThe leadership is so poor it is hard to believe without seeing it in person. While there is an acknowledgement that the industry is in change and Corbis must change, there is no vision or dedication to make it happen. Rather than assess the strengths/weaknesses of Corbis and look for market opportunities to exploit the decision is always to just follow what Getty and others are doing. Worse yet, rather than jump in and fund to complete, the decision is to spread limited resources across multiple efforts thereby delivering at a very slow pace.

    On the technology side of the house, the decrepit infrastructure is a well-known weak point and constant topic, however no time/money is every allocated to improve. It doesn’t matter how cool, innovative and affordable your product offering is, if customers can’t consistently get to and search on you website they will go to you competitors.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend the effort to hire the correct people, create a vision and stick to it. Doing a few things well is ALWAYS better than doing more things with poor quality.

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

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