Adobe
3.7 of 5 932 reviews
www.adobe.com San Jose, CA 5000+ Employees

Adobe Reviews

Updated Apr 11, 2014
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3.7 932 reviews

                             

70% Approve of the CEO

Adobe President and CEO Shantanu Narayen

Shantanu Narayen

(664 ratings)

83% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "great benefits, great work life balance, work from home opportunities, global team"
    in 108 reviews
  • "Awesome people, great benefits, good work life balance, totally fair"
    in 72 reviews
Cons:
  • "For some teams, not-so-great work life balance"
    in 20 reviews
  • "senior management do not communicate well with employees of all levels"
    in 37 reviews
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Was a great experience while it lasted

Marketing (Former Employee)

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

ProsGood technology
Smart people
Awesome "Fun" Brand
Modern approach to benefits (time off, perks, etc.)
Willing to invest in travel to keep remote employees engaged
Kick off and customer events were world class - great balance of learning, enthusiasm and fun

ConsConsensus decision making which was really a culture of decision avoidance
Not the best at integrating aquisitions

Advice to Senior ManagementWhen acquiring new companies /technologies, remember who is buying who

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Adobe

ProsBenefits
Variety of business lines and roles
flexibility to work remote
company shut-downs
great ESPP
sabbatical every 5 years

Consnot many - typical big company stuff

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

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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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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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A continuously evolving company with strong DNA

Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
Lehi, UT

I have been working at Adobe full-time for more than 5 years

ProsIf you examine the DNA and history of this company, you can rest assured that Adobe will be around for a long time. They have strong values, great focus on taking care of employees and doing the right thing. Holistically, they are very adaptable for a company so large, adjusting and transitioning to new markets and opportunities as they arise.

ConsThe larger this company grows, the harder it is for it to be nimble enough for fast growth markets. This size in a traditional management structure creates a lot of management overhead that ends up being a burden/more confusing in terms of establishing a clear direction and vision for the company's future.

The annual round of layoffs is quite inefficient and threatens to eliminate lots of great talent within the company.

Advice to Senior ManagementMy biggest piece of advice for the management at the company is to put a little more effort in retaining great talent when you go through a round of layoffs and non-performance based position eliminations.

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

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Flat organization, great environment.

Program Manager (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA

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

ProsOpportunities for advancement, good pay, great company.

ConsNone that come to mind.

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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!

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Senior Designer (Current Employee)
New York, NY

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

Prosbenefits, great people, flexibility, remote working (work anywhere program)

Consslow process, remote working, less face to face contacts

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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