Adobe Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. Huge company, takes care of its employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Adobe full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, great people. Work atmosphere is very relaxed and flexible. The company genuinely seems to want to keep its employees happy with good benefits, perks (free lunch, great food, happy hours), etc.

    Cons

    It's a huge company and there is sometimes huge company bureaucracy. Being so geographically distributed can be nice since there is likely an office where you want to live, but it can be hard to split so many time zones.

    Advice to Management

    Be cognizant of how projects are split across regions. It's very difficult to work on a project when trying to coordinate across India, Europe, and California.


  2. Good place to work in SF.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Adobe (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - great people - lots of innovation

    Cons

    - large company - little job growth

    Advice to Management

    Better professional development plan.


  3. Numbers by Osmosis

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Adobe

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    nice location with good access to lunch spots in both SF and SJ.

    Cons

    current eCommerce team is gaining momentum but fudging alot of the numbers by comparing timelines that accommodate and minimize management scrutiny. caveat emptor.

    Advice to Management

    don't call yourself a cloud company when users still need to download executable files.


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  5. So much potential

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Adobe full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits. Good strategic direction. Great products.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership - especially at middle to operations levels - is a concern. Many people in influential positions lack management & communication skills and accountability. Company values sound great on paper but are not lived. Work-life balance has deteriorated in recent years. Slow. Good people let go and weak ones left making it so many people fear being laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Need to find a way to strike a balance between old, labor-intensive annual review process and the new, entirely subjective process. Need accountability for management not only on delivering projects but also for managing their teams. Encourage work-life balance and taking PTO to recharge and disconnect.


  6. Enterprise Sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Adobe full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Like the Cheers theme song..."where everybody knows your name"...Adobe is a clear leader in both the creative and marketing technology spaces so there are few challenges in getting meetings. The Marketing Cloud platform truly does it all for the most advanced and deep-pocketed digital Marketers. Large Company health benefits, expense accounts, and the events put together and attended are top-notch.

    Cons

    Lots of turnover and unhappy clients as a result of the turnover. So many levels of management that the amount of pressure put on the sales teams is absurd and every level of success and goal accomplished will be replaced by an even larger one. Getting contracts completed in a timely fashion tended to be a challenge. Salesforce is a mess due to so many acquisitions and not a lot of clean-up.

    Advice to Management

    When there is a manager of the manager of your manager and still a level of executives above all of them, perhaps that is too many levels of management? I often heard that remote reps felt alone despite the enormity of the company so more efforts to make the teams feel coherent and part of the larger picture might result in less turnover.


  7. Great in some teams and departments, not so in all teams...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Adobe full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The benefits are great, and colleagues are also wonderful people. Many company meetings for executives to communicate to everyone at once. There are many remote workers that displays how Adobe tries to treat people well.

    Cons

    Some people/functions/roles work crazy hours like 80hrs/week, so we dunno if the work/life balance was really well concerned. It's like you can enjoy life by risking reputations. The company is constantly buying small companies, outsourcing jobs to other countries, and reorganizing teams, so veterans fear layoffs. Even great hard workers are let go while butt-munchers are hanging out.


  8. Great Company even if you are lower on food chain

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lehi, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lehi, UT

    I have been working at Adobe full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, annual reviews, which have resulted in raises every year. Free snacks & drinks Great healthcare that is basically free Two Vacation weeks per year Great PTO that can be cashed out

    Cons

    It is a large company, so there is red tape and strong segregation between departments.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Bright caring team can get it done!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Adobe (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best people, great location, fun projects, career growth, involved in community, celebrates diversity.

    Cons

    Sometimes challenges are ignored. Sometimes quality IP & HR are let go too soon.

    Advice to Management

    Ignore the market & look to the 5-year roadmap: you are amazing, so just be Adobe. Publish your demographics so you're held accountable to more than the stockholders.


  10. Enterprise Sales Account Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Manager, Education
    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Manager, Education

    I worked at Adobe full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Top technology company with engineering excellence across a broad range of application and platform solutions. Engaging with C-level customers by discussing digital communications capabilities across entire enterprise. Exciting product environment with fast-paced development. Excellent salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Extremely high pressure sales environment. Tracking to weekly linearity on sales performance. Sales team has zero value to the company beyond the current week's performance against goal. Super high-stress management style is prevalent.

    Advice to Management

    More development of professional selling skills and methodologies should be woven into the calendar throughout the year. It would be desirable to think that enterprise sales team offers career longevity and intangible benefits beyond the next paycheck.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Great company but has transformation challenges

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Adobe full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * surrounded by many ambitious, smart, engaged colleagues * forward-looking executives that manage outside perception and stakeholders' expectations well * San Jose, CA HQ & main SF, CA office spaces but not the 2nd & Brannan SF space (too crowded) with poor noise/distraction handling, and not conducive to fostering productivity

    Cons

    * overworked on newly acquired SaaS side of the business - insufficient resources and staff to help manage the day to day business as we focus on driving customer success at the expense of employee burnout * exceptionally high staff turnover in SaaS digital execution and consulting staff, leading to overall account management issues * ineffective and poorly trained middle management that operate as effective individual contributors but have inadequate management skills to supervise and lead business growth among overworked individual contributors

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to acquisitions and make sure that the acquired management team is in a alignment with the corporate game plan and able to execute, especially if it involves transformation or innovation.



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