Adobe
3.8 of 5 1,004 reviews
www.adobe.com San Jose, CA 5000+ Employees

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Pros:
  • "Good salary and benefits and no career penalty for keeping a true work/life balance"
    in 124 reviews
  • "Good gym, great benefits, overall more positive experiences than bad ones"
    in 77 reviews
Cons:
  • "work-life balance; the pressure comes from the top and it's hard to resist giving in"
    in 22 reviews
  • "senior management do not communicate well with employees of all levels"
    in 37 reviews
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    Great place to work

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    Orem, UT

    ProsGreat place to work. They really care about their employees

    ConsLots of people and very diversified. It can be hard to know what is going on at the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Hard to get new projects off the ground, but still a great place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    Pros* great people -- lots of talented engineers
    * great products -- mostly best-of-breed
    * great customers -- creating tools for creative customers is fun
    * great benefits -- totally solid

    Cons* hard to get new projects to live long enough to reach critical mass (but at least a failing project doesn't necessarily lead to layoffs, like it often used to)

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe should take more risks, letting more projects get a toe-hold. The brand is strong enough to handle more failures.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Adobe, a great place to work!

    Senior Quality Engineer (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsGreat software development model, smart business decisions and great work environment. Fun projects and team members.

    ConsMany different sight locations and teams make it a 24 hour shop, at times there is a need to work extremely early or extremely late to meet (via voice) with other persons or teams.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDiscover the working style of your employee and work to empower them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Think Tank for Internet technologies

    Computer Scientist (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsMy team and I write code that is executed on over a billion computers -- 98% of the world's internet-connected computers. No other company has a product that can boast this. We brought TV to the internet, and won a freakin' Emmy award for it. I feel extremely privileged and happy to be working at Adobe. My co-workers are geniuses, all as smart as the guys at Google.

    ConsSenior management is getting greedy and insecure, and it shows in some of their big decisions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet your greed under control. Make decisions that will make us thrive in the long term, not so much in the short term. $1.8B was way too much for Omniture, and it was purchased out of a sense of insecurity. We should have bought On2, and we should buy Unity, ASAP. Also, we'd like free lunch in SF, if not every day, then every monday and wednesday or something :-)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place to Work-Systems Need Improvement

    Sales Operations Specialist (Current Employee)
    McLean, VA

    ProsGreat place to work, where goals are clearly outlined and communicated in clearly defined manner. Fun atmosphere where creativity is encouraged.

    ConsSome of the internal systems are dated making them extremely difficult to use. There are inconsistencies with what all groups use, making comparisons challenging.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in one robust system for all internal needs that will allow multiple groups to communicate effectively and without second guessing data.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    No other place I would rather be

    Consultant (Adobe Consulting, for Omniture Technology) (Current Employee)
    Orem, UT

    ProsCollaborative
    Smart
    Balanced work/life
    Engaging, dynamic projects with huge companies
    Great internal resources
    Cutting edge in field
    Remote office supported

    Cons(Omniture consulting)
    Unclear guidelines for promotions
    New innovations constantly
    Lots of offerings to learn about

    Advice to Senior ManagementVery satisfied, admire strategies and principles of management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work, but like all other places, there are areas for improvement.

    Legal Counsel (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsMost of my colleagues are super--smart, hard-working, team-players, operate in the best interests of the company. Great innovation--it is incredible how much innovation is going on within the company. Cool products, cool brand, users love Adobe!

    ConsOrganization is pretty flat, so some feel potential promotions is more limited.
    Consensus-driven company (although in some cases is a good thing, it can bog down decision making, especially at the very top levels of the company).
    Pay could be better--not sure how HR does its benchmarking, but we seem to have lower salaries than my colleagues at other high-tech companies in the Valley.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGreat culture, great products and innovation. Be aggressive in the market place and remain visionary, not just tactical. Make sure to not run functional groups, like legal, too lean for too long.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Supportive Environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsAdobe has a great culture, supporting employees while producing great technology.

    ConsIt is tough to have to talk about Apple vs Adobe all.the.time...

    Advice to Senior ManagementFix things with Steve Jobs!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very good overall

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsGreat salary and benefits, interesting work

    ConsOffshoring of jobs, high stress

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompensation is very good, but it is not the only or even best way to attract and retain top talent.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    One of the top innovation houses - Adobe!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Newton, MA

    Pros- Challenging work on new technology
    - Flexibility in hours and casual work environment
    - Excellent benefits
    - Good compensation packages

    ConsI cannot think of any cons of working at a company like Adobe. I see that they provide an environment that caters best to each employee making the experience conducive and meaningful

    Advice to Senior Management- To spear further innovation having events like brown bags and idea exchange between teams and encouraging engineers to attend more conferences and summits will be some great steps forward.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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