Adobe Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
1,065 Reviews
3.9
1,065 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Company offers great benefits; flexible time-off policy; decent work-life balance (in 133 reviews)

  • Good gym, great benefits, overall more positive experiences than bad ones (in 79 reviews)


Cons
  • work-life balance; the pressure comes from the top and it's hard to resist giving in (in 23 reviews)

  • senior management do not communicate well with employees of all levels (in 37 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great pay, benefits, treat you like a person, parties, smart staff

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    Former Employee - Order Management Representative  in  Lehi, UT
    Former Employee - Order Management Representative in Lehi, UT

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

    Pros

    Pay, TONS of time off, overtime for hourly positions, really great health benefits, lots of company parties, happy staff, smart staff, solid tech company

    Cons

    Red tape of being at a big business, it's very hard to effect big change. Small realm of expertise- you learn one small part of business well, but not the full spectrum. Same with any large company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way for employees to be able to pitch change ideas and make them happen instead of thinking changing the status quo is a waste of time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Love the company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Amazing Products; great leadership; huge opportunities for the business and career

    Cons

    Would love more variety for food services

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Innovative where it counts

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    Current Employee - Conference Planner  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Conference Planner in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Products are far-reaching and raises the level of competence in the average worker. Great support for captioning on the web.

    Cons

    Affordability is lacking here except for the low end products

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Adobe for more than 5 years

    Pros

    work culture is nice and chilled out

    Cons

    sometimes you get creepy managers

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good direction

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    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager  in  Lehi, UT
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Lehi, UT

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

    Pros

    Very green company. I love their core principles and find they give direction in the company.

    Cons

    Bigger company, challenges with transitioning from Omniture. Adobe is making things better though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've been making decent choices lately, good job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Everything is great, with exception of November, and a few bad apples

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Adobe full-time

    Pros

    --Cool products
    --Cool customers
    --Upbeat environment - high morale, positive energy
    --People are (mostly) very nice, collegial, interesting, fun - and capable. Genuine experts in their respective areas.
    --Management is pivoting the company quickly, and successfully
    --Great office space
    --Pay and benefits are very good
    --There are no loafers at Adobe - everyone works hard. Employee engagement in their jobs and the company is very high

    Cons

    --November = layoff season. Creates a lot of stress
    --Analysis paralysis around (some) decision making. Burden of analytical proof for any decision is almost impossibly high. Bring data or stay home; expect to have every number picked at with a fine tooth comb. Can lead to painfully long meetings and long hours.
    --In a few areas - not many - some very aggressive people. Some level of being able to fall back on tenure as a justification for treating others poorly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everything is working great; but try to find a way to make November a happier time. Also, make "respect for the individual" true - tenure allows some to get away with workplace bullying. While analytic rigor is good, need to move the debate focus from numbers to ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great culture, great people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Adobe full-time

    Pros

    Innovation is highly valued and promoted throughout the company. Most people here treat you with respect and expect the same--a high "EQ" is important.

    Cons

    I've encountered a few ambitious, myopic middle-managers that spend time managing-up the food chain at the expense of ignoring the needs of their teams. For the most part, they eventually move on, but they can damage morale. On corporate teams, bureaucracy can be a bit over the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be wary of bureaucracy creep. Retrain those who wish to have authority over things, but who wish to shirk accountability.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Company that really cares about its employees

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great Compensation plan, great benefits and side perks, great locations, and great people!

    Cons

    Tends to move slowly on new innovations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a chance here and there...don't be so conservative. We need to be more agile.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Awesome, talented workgroups

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Adobe full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Competitive Pay and Benefits, Talented and very hardworking environment within the database realm. There are great incentives and resources to utilize to create awesome work and research. The building is clean , and offers healthy snacks/drinks. The technical resources for development and analytics are advancing through updated/new tools and software.

    Cons

    Personal Growth expanding outside your usual duties may be difficult to attain in highly focused work groups. There are also many surrounding vendors which may be a good and bad thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up more options for your talented individuals for continued and expanded contributions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing company

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Lehi, UT
    Current Employee - Analyst in Lehi, UT

    I have been working at Adobe full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Challenging, yet laid back work environment. It depends on your manager, but in my team you are truly evaluated on whether you get your job done, and not on how many hours you spend in the office
    - Awesome products, amazing brand reputation, lots of growth opportunities
    - Work with sharp, bright people (recruiting is very selective -- I had to work very hard to get hired)
    - Unlimited PTO -- there is not a cap on how much PTO your manager can give you
    - Full week of the 4th of July plus full week of Christmas and New Years are paid holidays
    - At least for Utah, pay is above what you will get at other tech companies
    - Great benefits, especially the employee stock purchasing program where you can buy Adobe's stock at a 15% discount
    - Here in Utah, the Adobe campus is incredible. I feel happy while I walk through the building

    Cons

    - Lots of bureaucracy when it comes to practically anything (your manager needs a gazilion authorizations for anything you want to do or get)
    - Bureaucracy especially ridiculous when it comes to HR
    - Hiring freeze which forces teams to hire temporary contractors, creating a sense of instability within the company. You never know if your coworkers will be here next year, not because they are not performing, but because they are "blue badges".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep living Adobe's values as you do. Keep innovating. Start hiring full-time employees instead of contractors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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