Adobe
3.8 of 5 1,003 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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    On the decline

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

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

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementCost 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.

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    Okay place to work for, but not great

    Senior Computer Scientist (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsGreat environment to work in, they care about you.

    ConsNot enough promoting from within

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't play favorites

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    It's ok place to wrok

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

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

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

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

    Senior Computer Scientist (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

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

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Senior Manager (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsInsanely amazing engineers that create fantastic products consistently

    Consengineering 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 Senior ManagementGet more top down to make it to next level.

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    Good place to work

    Senior Program Manager (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsLaid back
    Good Products
    Good work/life culture

    ConsLaid Back
    Bureaucratic
    Not enough focus on Internet

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore Internet Focus

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Individual contributors at Adobe are amazing!

    Senior Program Manager (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsThe 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.

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

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

    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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