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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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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Riding past successes, hopefully continues to survive, pretends to be progressive but is actually fairly insular.

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Interesting products, reasonable work-life balance, and they are trying do innovate and move beyond their core products. Good relative salaries. Macromedia aquisition helped to dilute the stifling old-boys club.

    Cons

    You need to be in the club - this is no meritocracy - it's an old-boys club. Thus if you aren't in this club - and it take years to be included - you will suffer an extremely slow path of development and promotion. If rapid growth is important to you, then you'll need to look elsewhere. Unfortunately a fair number of members of the 'club' have been at Adobe for a decade (or more), and they seem to feel like there is some time-based 'dues' that need to be paid. If you are a woman, it is also more difficult to get past Director level. There are very few that actually own product/revenue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Our attempts at innovation are fairly weak and are very close to our existing products. Glacial pace of employee development leads many folks to looking elsewhere, even though it is easy to get caught in the 'comfort' trap. But you don't want folks comfortable - you want them striving for the next level. When it is apparent that you need to be in a club to advance, or here for more than 5 years, then motivation flags.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Great culture, people are smart and laid back. San Francisco office is gorgeous. Great cafeteria, SOMA location, and shuttles to and from. Cube architecture works particularly well here -- the developers decorate their space, giving each branch of the office its own unique look. Definitely the best take on a cube farm I've ever seen.

    Products are also fantastic. It's nice being able to tell your friends that you have PDF, Flash, and Photoshop under your belt. One of the few places where you have well-known products and people don't draw immediate assumptions about you (Microsoft = Evil, Google = Weird, etc.).

    Cons

    Normal big-company woes, San Jose office is a drag

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More SF/SJ integration

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    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Adobe is by far the best company that I ever worked for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Production Artist  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Web Production Artist in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Adobe offers great benefits for full-time employees, such as free ride for taking CalTrain, $100 commute expense, $30 for fitness expense per month, $10k education assistance program, free drink(milk, sodas, oj, etc), 15% discount on stock purchasing program, almost up to 4 weeks of PTO per calendar year, granting stocks to new hires, employees discount with many well-known vendors(Apple, IBM, etc), and most importantly I really like the free classes and trainings on their greatest products, including Photoshop, Flash, Flex, AIR, etc.

    Also, you will get a chance to work in one of the leading software company in the world, and they dominate the market basically with very little competition. The company is always profitable and therefore job security is better at Adobe.

    Although the recent financial crisis will affect Adobe at a certain degree, I think we are doing better than many of the companies out there. I worked for some online advertising agency in the past and if they lost a client or an account, you are screwed.

    Cons

    Too many layers and too much process. Sometimes it is quite hard to find information or wikis for instructions and procedures to do certain things. One simple task might take forever to finish just because it needs to go through many people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more money into creating and promoting new innovation and new software that make a huge impact in our society

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Adobe Product Marketing review

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    I like working for Adobe because I have the opportunity to work with fantastic people while developing and marketing best-in-class products. My colleagues and management are hard-working and talented individuals whom I enjoy working with. Many of my colleagues are not only co-workers, but they have also become good friends.

    We make products that enable our customers to communicate and collaborate engaging ideas. As a product marketing manager, I gather feedback from sales and customers to help make our products even more powerful. In addition, it seems that nearly everyone I know outside of Adobe is an Adobe customer in some way shape or form. Many Adobe customers are very passionate about the products and love sharing feedback. Typically when it comes up in conversation that I work for Adobe, I end up in very animated discussions.

    Cons

    Adobe is a pretty large company and with our size comes bureaucracy and process. While I recognize the importance of process, sometimes the amount of process at Adobe can be stifling and frustrating. This is especially true for newer products that don't fit the mold of the core products.

    While Adobe has a very collaborative environment, sometimes it is a little too collaborative. Combined with the process, the collaborative environment can lead to drawn out decisions. By taking too long to make decisions, sometimes we miss the boat on large opportunities.

    Other than process and the tendency to draw out decisions, I cannot think of any other downsides.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the quarterly all-hands meetings. They provide a great forum for us to gain more perspective about recent results as well as the vision of the company.

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    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, great culture, great products that you can be proud of; just with nonsensical HR policies.

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Supportive culture, encourages risk taking and bottoms up decision making

    Cons

    HR policies around "equity" are horrible, specifically around people who move up in responsibility. You have to "boomerang"- move into a job where you're paid below industry standard, but that grants you increased responsibility; use those new skills to move into a similar, but higher paid role, at another company; then come back to Adobe later for the great culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revisit HR policies to ensure that you're investing in developing and retaining star employees.

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  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent place for work.

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

    Pros

    You cannot beat the city of San Francisco!

    Cons

    Company is not growing much recently, which reflects to your personal ability to switch positions or grow career faster.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow Adobe into bigger company. Buy more office space in San Francisco and expand!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mostly positive, but not very agile and not a meritocracy

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

    Pros

    Adobe has outstanding vacation (20 days) and numerous benefits (great health plans). Adobe is a socially responsible firm, which genuinely cares about its employees. Adobe has a number of cool products (Flash, Creative Suite and AIR). It would probably be a good environment for programmers who are interested in graphics and video, because there is a lot of advanced research going on.

    Cons

    Adobe is trying to make it easier for employees to be able to move between roles, but there can still be resistance from managers. Like many large firms, Adobe is bureaucratic, and this can stiffle innovation. Development processes are heavyweight, and the culture is moderately risk-averse. Adobe is not particularly a meritocracy, and poor managers can persist despite bad reviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good job, but improve HR feedback processes, and agility

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Adobe pros and cons

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Location, senior management and how they treat their employees, the benefits, the products, and the company's overall philosophy are great.

    Cons

    At times, it is bureaucratic and there is resistance/caution to change. While I believe that people are easily recognized for good work, actually getting promoted or moving up a level is hard. The philosophy is work at the next level for a while - and then get promoted. That can be discouraging at times and, by the time you are promoted, you're very much feeling like it was past due.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to have the great employee benefits and, in return, employees will be happy to work as hard as they do for Adobe.

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  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to work!

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

    Pros

    Senior management at Adobe is willing to take risks on new technologies. They also really value employees and this effectively trickles down throughout the organization.
    Adobe employees are passionate and excited about their jobs but they also go out of their way to treat everyone with respect.
    The products!

    Cons

    Adobe can be very bureaucratic. The desire for consensus can make change difficult and slow.
    It can be difficult to break in to senior management roles (Director and above). This may be due to the low rate of attrition among senior management. This can result in people in becoming entrenched in their positions and often results in even greater resistance to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to break down barriers to change and encourage innovation.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Solid company, not for those w/ entreprenuerial spirit

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    solid company, can balance work/personal lives

    Cons

    size of company limits agility, roles tend to be narrowly defined,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    find a way to encourage more risk taking, act more like a technology company than an east coast financial company

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