Adobe
3.7 of 5 936 reviews
www.adobe.com San Jose, CA 5000+ Employees

Adobe Reviews

Updated Apr 18, 2014
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3.7 936 reviews

                             

70% Approve of the CEO

Adobe President and CEO Shantanu Narayen

Shantanu Narayen

(666 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Normally a good work-life balance and friendly direct manager and good people to work with"
    in 115 reviews
  • "great benefits, great work life balance, work from home opportunities, global team"
    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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Director Product Marketing (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA

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

ProsGreat software and great people. Company has successfully reinvented itself several times in fast changing world of software.

ConsLots of churn as the company deals with change.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep adapting to the market forces

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Adobe is a reasonable place to work, with good pay and vacation time.

Senior Computer Scientist (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at Adobe full-time for more than 10 years

ProsWorking with a great group of people.
Amazing transition from boxed software to cloud SaaS in progress.
Corporate culture has high ethical and professional standards.

ConsCompany doesn't share success like it used to (profit sharing, bonuses, etc)
There are entire teams of people to do things that individual developers still have to do anyway.

Advice to Senior ManagementAdobe is doing well, your bonuses are big, how about putting back profit sharing and other ways of pushing that success to the people (i.e. engineers) who created that success.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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

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