Corbis Reviews

Updated June 2, 2015
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Corbis President and CEO Gary Shenk
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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)

    Great idea, poorly managed

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

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The company's creative mission was inspiring. I loved working for a company that honored photographers and photographs and helped make it possible for the craft to be successful as a business.

    Cons

    Corbis is, essentially, a pet project and tax write-off for Bill Gates. Executive leadership was not held accountable enough for executing to strategy, fostering good business and leadership practices and company values, and supporting company employees.

    Advice to Management

    Take the company seriously. The industry is one that requires re-invention and there have been change agents inside the company who were not heard. You can keep the artistic spirit and mission and still pay attention to good business practices and make the company successful.


  2. Helpful (6)

    Great people, horrible executive leadership

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Department in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Legal Department in Seattle, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, including awesome vacation time and PTO The people are the reason I stuck around for 3 years Paid ORCA card Awesome middle management

    Cons

    Layoffs at least twice a year Executive leadership only look to fatten their own pockets Entire departments would just be gone from one month to the next

    Advice to Management

    Stop letting people go all the time and expect to do better financially. You are just doubling another employee's workload and creating a stressful and fearful atmosphere.


  3. Helpful (6)

    Has its ups and downs

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

    I have been working at Corbis

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Corbis has good benefits and great work-life balance. It is also nice to be surrounded by beautiful and inspiring photography all day, every day. Corbis will train, develop and promote some of their employees, but you have to be vocal and ask for it. You can get ahead if you make it happen.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge to working at Corbis is the semi-annual layoff cycle. With a few random layoffs thrown in for good measure. The turnover at Corbis is so high, that nothing can get accomplished. Constant changes in direction are unhelpful and demoralizing. Employees are dispirited and unengaged. Those employees that still try and newer employees who haven't yet lost hope, are overworked and fighting an uphill battle.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a direction and stick to it. Recognize employees.


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  5. Great team of people to work with

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

    I have been working at Corbis full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Department culture is great. Lot's of fresh ideas being thought up. Work life balance is amazing. Able to work from home on occasion. Opportunities to use work hours to help with community service projects.

    Cons

    Shifts in management occur frequently. The company seems to be still finding its rhythm, so there are still growing pains as the company pivots from strategy to strategy.


  6. This company has its work cut out for it...

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work with a group that is a nice blend of personalities. Benefits are good. Company has very good intentions.

    Cons

    Good intentions are not a sound business strategy (we know the road that good intentions is paved with). Constant shortfalls in revenue and focus on workforce reduction stress everyone out and make them afraid for their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on growing the business and providing your teams with enough resources to make that a reality...not just a dream. (Pie in the sky, anyone?)


  7. Helpful (3)

    Great people, a well intentioned but challenging / challenged company

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

    I worked at Corbis full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    My peers and the mid-level managers are a pleasure to work with, have made many friends here. Benefits including healthcare and 401k are good. Office culture and values good.

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement are limited. Even though it is a relatively flat organization upper management generally distant / remote, plans and decisions tend to be made in a vacuum without consulting those who may actually have relevant insight.


  8. Helpful (1)

    corbis

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

    I worked at Corbis

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good people, company heading in right direction

    Cons

    sometimes lacking collaboration, resources, focus

    Advice to Management

    invest


  9. Helpful (1)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corbis

    Pros

    People are great to work with

    Cons

    Salary! They don't give raises

    Advice to Management

    reward good employees with better pay


  10. Helpful (2)

    rewarding for most of the seven years, but a disappointing end

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    global company, global clients and team members

    Cons

    upper management, lack of communication, silos maintained

    Advice to Management

    in my exit interview, I commented on all of the content in this review to the hr specialist. communicate, communicate, communicate. the lack of communication varied department to department so if you were in one which did it well, you were better off. find out what your team does and value it. again, its about communication. tear down the silos that you talk about tearing down. it's listed a company value, but so often it was not the case in upper management. please get managers the training they need. being in that role does not always mean that they should be in that role.


  11. Technology

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, company events are usually very well done, and I work on a really fun team.

    Cons

    Leadership is sometimes lacking and the direction of the company is sometimes not very clear. Senior management changes their mind too much.



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