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83 Reviews

3.6
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Orem, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Orem, UT

    Pros

    Great place to work. They really care about their employees

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    On the decline

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice work life balance,telecommuting ok & great facilities

    Cons

    No leadership or vision for change management
    Limited opportunity for advancement
    Weak Middle management - very territorial
    Frequent reorgs/layoff = chaos and loss of productivity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cost cutting comes at a price. Your quality is suffering due to extreme cost cutting measures.
    Frequent reorgs and the lack of leadership to transition into reorg has cost the company
    Oh & how about innovating - new versions of CS & Acrobat can only do so much.

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Okay place to work for, but not great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Computer Scientist  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Computer Scientist in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Great environment to work in, they care about you.

    Cons

    Not enough promoting from within

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't play favorites

    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    It's ok place to wrok

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    It is good company if you are in right team. If not, you are out of luck.
    Good benefits compared to other companies in bayarea.

    Cons

    Pay is less compared to other companies. If you are in few teams, this is not a problem.You need to check out team before joining.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to improve motivation of employees. Setting up vision for company will increase stock price. Bring back bonus to employees.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not leading edge anymore but still an good company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Computer Scientist  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Computer Scientist in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Flexible work hours
    Good benefits
    Competitive salary
    Great relationships with customers
    Great work environment
    Excellent HR department
    Great networking opportunities

    Cons

    Bureaucratic
    Obsolete products and technology
    Continuous defocus on core competencies
    Unwillingness to take risks with new products
    Continuous outsourcing tendencies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company needs charismatic leadership which delivers on the vision side.
    Dump current long term strategy and refocus the company on core competence areas.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing products, talented people, poor understanding of marketplace and customer needs beyond traditional customer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Insanely amazing engineers that create fantastic products consistently

    Cons

    engineering is amazing, but understanding how to position and sell the products in the markeplace is lacking; Connect should be beating WebEx for example, other products get buried.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more top down to make it to next level.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Laid back
    Good Products
    Good work/life culture

    Cons

    Laid Back
    Bureaucratic
    Not enough focus on Internet

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More Internet Focus

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Individual contributors at Adobe are amazing!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    The people I work with at the individual contributor level are amazing! Some of the best technical folks in the field who want to build amazing products.

    Cons

    Company becoming very top heavy with respect to managers and people who don't actually produce products or technologies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop squeezing development and QE teams to the point that they are so overextended that they are now beginning to losing overall productivity.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Adobe, a great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Seattle, WA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Many 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 ManagementAdvice

    Discover the working style of your employee and work to empower them.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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