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Adobe Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
1,046 Reviews

3.9
1,046 Reviews
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Adobe President and CEO Shantanu Narayen
Shantanu Narayen
745 Ratings

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, departmental deficiencies.

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

    Pros

    Employee Stock Purchase Program.
    Stocked break rooms with some free food.
    Activities/Pro bono/Corporate Events.
    Software Purchase Program.
    Health/Wellness Benefit.
    Gym, Basketball Court indoor and outdoor.
    Cafe is mostly decent for lunch (reasonably priced).

    Cons

    Difficult to move up. Mismanagement and disincentive to go above and beyond for your job. You don't move up unless someone leaves, and even then that is no guarantee because someone could be hired in from the outside above you.
    Feedback given is often ignored.
    Shares/incentives kept at higher levels - not much trickle down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shantanu is great, as is most of the senior staff. They have embraced the Cloud.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great people, lots of fluff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Lead Software Engineer  in  Lehi, UT
    Former Employee - Team Lead Software Engineer in Lehi, UT

    Pros

    The benefits are amazing, the people I worked with are even better. Stock plans are fantastic and there are a lot of fun little perks (cell phone plan, company parties, etc).

    Cons

    Lack of strong leadership leaves cross team coordination and vision much to be desired. In such a large organization it's critical to keep all products that are part of a "suite" aligned in vision. This lack of leadership left good projects abandoned or severely delayed and unnecessary duplicated efforts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please get aligned. You have amazing people at your disposal, put the pride down and work towards a unified agenda not a personal agenda.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent Work/Life Balance

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good:
    24 Days PTO, two week long holiday breaks (which don't count against PTO).
    Medical is solid.
    Stock grants are nice.
    Realistic work hours.
    Free parking and bus pass.
    Nice tuition re-imbursement.
    Career advancement is encouraged, training and career-focused learning are emphasized toward that end.

    Cons

    Duplication of team functions in segregated silos. Valuable experience may be cordoned off.
    Bureaucratic processes may block projects, be aware that any new process encountered may take more time than expected.
    Territoriality of middle management, though not as pernicious as some Puget Sound area software companies, is present. Advise caution when proceeding with projects that cross manager boundaries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focused on outcomes: when a process isn't producing good results and capabilities, it's time to prune that process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great camaraderie between team members and a great place to work

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

    Pros

    flexible hours, work life balance and very talented people around to learn from

    Cons

    If you do an awesome job it might go unnoticed unless you flaunt it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should do more towards career growth of employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company

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

    Pros

    Collaborative culture, good compensation, work life balance

    Cons

    Moves slow; unclear career path

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quicker decision making; career path

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company, odd internal structure.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Credit Analyst  in  Lehi, UT
    Current Employee - Credit Analyst in Lehi, UT

    Pros

    Adobe provides an excellent work/life balance, opportunies for advancement (after a fashion) and a generally engaging and exciting corporate culture. I feel valued by my manager and director, and am very happy in my current role.

    Cons

    Frequent sales reorganizations leave all departments flustered and scrambling to update internal contacts at least once a year. There is frequently little cooperation between departments, and there is a fierce sense of territoriality, especially among the employees that were part of the 2009 Omniture aquisition. See also: frequent layoffs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work!

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

    Pros

    Working on great products that have millions of users; Working with brilliant people

    Cons

    Food is not free and not good...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the food free!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    good and bad

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

    Pros

    great products and benefits, work life balance is good and they understand the value of remote/tele-commuting employees

    Cons

    HR is a joke- advancement almost impossible- boys club mentality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When long time employees seek out opportunity's listen and engage

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company

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

    Pros

    Company offers great benefits; flexible time-off policy; decent work-life balance

    Cons

    Some employees stay there forever; very territorial

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Overall great company if you can survive the layoffs

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, free snacks and drinks, cafeteria, lots of morale boosting events, great co-workers, good work/life balance, sabbatical every 5 years.

    Cons

    Layoffs almost every year that I worked there, slow moving, bureaucratic, and shifting focuses at the drop of a hat.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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