Corbis

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Corbis Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
132 Reviews
2.3
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work / life balance and fulfilling work with good compensation (in 14 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Upper management changes direction daily, running the company like Moe, Larry and Curly (in 15 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    times are rough

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corbis full-time

    Pros

    The best reason to work at corbis are the benefts.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency from everyone from manager level to upper management. There seem too be a lot of secretive lay-offs.

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

    No idea what their business plan was after 9 months

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Corbis as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The work is interesting and challenging. Depending on what team you're assigned to you could have some good coworkers with managers who have experience leading and a vision for their team. Others may not be so lucky.

    Cons

    I asked several senior managers what Corbis does and they all gave me a different answer. Corbis has a tendency to buy other companies so their portfolio includes a pretty broad range of functions. 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.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide who you are, what you want to do, and be able to tell me in 30 seconds. And everyone should have the same story.

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

    New management, less of those who matter.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Corbis as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lack 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 ManagementAdvice

    There 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overrated - It looks beautiful on the outside

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

    I have been working at Corbis full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management, 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 ManagementAdvice

    It'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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Agreed, Just SAY NO!

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Corbis full-time

    Pros

    Support staff is great and helpful.

    Cons

    Most 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 ManagementAdvice

    Try 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.

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

    still churn'n and burn'n

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    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Corbis full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    good smart people and lots of problems too work on

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    find other employers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Low Pay, Little Opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corbis full-time (more than 3 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Get 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.

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

    Slowly regressing as a brand

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corbis full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Like 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 ManagementAdvice

    Invest 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    I'm embarrassed to work here

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corbis full-time (more than 3 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Ups and downs...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Company 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 ManagementAdvice

    What 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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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