Adobe
3.7 of 5 935 reviews
www.adobe.com San Jose, CA 5000+ Employees

Adobe Reviews in California

Updated Apr 14, 2014
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3.7 360 reviews

                             

67% Approve of the CEO

Adobe President and CEO Shantanu Narayen

Shantanu Narayen

(272 ratings)

79% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Treats employees well

Corporate Development Manager (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at Adobe full-time for more than a year

Pros- Good pay across the board
- smart people and great coworkers
- good work life balance
- interesting and creative work

Cons- People stay for a long time so difficult to get promoted
- San jose office is not as collaborative as san francisco

Advice to Senior ManagementDetermine ways to incentivize younger employees to stay and grow in their current positions

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Adobe full-time for more than 8 years

ProsThe company truly cares about its employees. The perks and benefits are the best I've had at any job!

ConsPoor management. Some of the senior to mid level managers put undue pressure on their employees, and are not strategic enough.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Fantastic company!!!

Project Manager (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at Adobe full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat work / life balance, great people love working here! I like the upper management and there is great room or professional growth.

ConsNot many cons here, there are opportunities to learn and grow. It is really what you make of it, but they give you all the tools!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Nice place to work but insular teams and management flailing

Front Line Manager (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at Adobe full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat genuine people (and the ones that aren't are easy to pick out). Product stability. Household name. Yearly layoffs are more-or-less a thing of the past. Getting a bit more nimble, some by intentional change, some by acquisition. Racial diversity (esp. US citizen & black men) has grown quite a bit over the last couple years, much due to acquisition.

ConsA lot of flailing as to strategy rather than a solid strategy with changing tactics. Currently involved in building a lot of little questionable use apps and hoping some of them turn into something big. Many projects are being seen as "Well, we can add it as another feature for the Creative Cloud" but that's not adding significant "need" value. Those products are in danger of become bloatware with support drag. Teams also end up frequently product hopping and going through re-orgs, which could be healthy but Adobe/Macromedia had such strong developer identification with their product-silo that it ends up being more traumatic.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to find products that you believe are worthwhile on their own merits, not as another piece of bloatware to throw into the cloud.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A great place to work

Senior Manager Demand Generation (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA

I worked at Adobe full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat compensation, benefits and perks. Great training opportunities. Easy access in/out of corporate. Vision is on target.

ConsGoing through significant change. Often difficult to navigate through process and be patient.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good benefits, flex hours, smart people, and annual layoff

Computer Scientist II (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA

I worked at Adobe full-time for more than 10 years

ProsI enjoyed working here for several years. Very flexible, nice and smart people, good compensation, interesting projects.

ConsYearly layoff (regardless of your performance) really turns down and discourages employees around November/December. I saw off many colleagues who worked on the same floor. That was very depressing too.

Advice to Senior ManagementAdobe is now moving toward positive directions. Keep up good work and share profits with employees who contribute to the company's growth.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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mediocre team of B player management with almost no leadership capacity

Principal Product Manager (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Adobe full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood concepts and respect for creative professionals.

ConsZero ability to execute. Swaths of failed products. Toxic politics.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good Company

Executive Assistant (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA

I worked at Adobe full-time for more than 8 years

ProsAdobe is a very good company, it's filled with great people, has excellent benefits, and makes great products. The yearly shut downs the week of July 4 and during the holidays in December are terrific.

ConsEvery Fall there are layoffs and tension becomes high among the mployees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Nice working environment and nice collaboration

Research Intern (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at Adobe as an intern for less than a year

Prosgood location, good work dynamics, nice team work

Consneed better food, better support for intern housing

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IT department is a Disaster

Programmer (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Adobe part-time for more than 3 years

ProsHow do you you know when IT Management is Lying? When their lips are moving.

ConsIncompetence of IT managers and execs is glaring and Laughable.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere is no help for you.

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

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