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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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    well run mature company, hard to get new ideas funded

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsVery comfortable place to work, world class people, process, facilities and benefits.
    Market leader, people generally love the products
    Big enough company, but not too big where you get lost in the organization.

    ConsMarket leadership tends to lead to focus efforts into milking this position, beware of being turned into a cash cow.
    Expensive products with high margin sets high bar for innovation for new lower margin products

    Advice to Senior ManagementAcquisitions will help us grow, but we need to streamline this process, impact on organization, suggest corp sponsorship for first 2 years of deal.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great work/life balance

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    Pros5 weeks of vacation is by far the best benefit of working at Adobe. Other benefits and compensation are also very good. The people and company culture are also great.

    ConsAs Adobe has grown and become more business-unit focused, it has become more bureaucratic and more difficult for new ideas to see the light of day.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company needs to reward those that are willing to take risks.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall good place to work.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsRight people doing the right things. Very comfortable place to work. Very good compensation package with a lot of perks.

    ConsHard to grow within the company. Also this year there was not salary review. With the profit sharing plan also not working this year it's a significant decrease of total compensation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore support for new projects.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Worked for Adobe for 8 years and love it

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat benefits package
    Creative and talented people

    ConsWork load
    Company is risk adverse

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place for people waiting to retire

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsIf you are a person who like to slack off, Adobe is the great to place to work.

    ConsIf you hate people who slack off, Adobe is not for you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReduce the number of managers, especially those useless program managers.
    Have more layoffs to remove those incompetent people.
    Develop more new products.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Hard to get in, well worth worth it if you can

    Computer Scientist (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsAlthough some managers expect more then others, in general the management is very reasonable. Most teams work 9-5 or 10-6 if you prefer. Some teams are over-worked, due to some critical projects, they get reasonably rewarded for it. If you laid off, you will be granted at least a couple of months worth of pay or more, if you worked there longer. You really have to screw up in order to get fired. if you keep slacking off, eventually, they will fire you, but they will give you a chance to improve. People are respectful and intelligent.

    ConsThere are really not many cons, the interview is challenging, there are some politics. Some projects are less exciting than others, and some unnecessary bureaucracy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIn the unfortunate event when the company has to lay off employees in order to survive, the senior management really need to interview the front line managers instead of having VPs make these decisions. This can lead to lose of key people and some very tallented employees.

    Get your act together with the cloud software solutions. It is no secret desktop applications are starting to lose ground. The first attempt with ps.com is a way how many may judge the future of Adobe.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    One of the best out there, but a few things to improve

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsAdobe is home to a ton of extremely smart and hard-working people, many of whom (not surprisingly) are also artistic or musically inclined. It's a real pleasure to work with such a diverse and interesting bunch of colleagues. Work-life balance is taken very seriously at Adobe, so despite the intense workload people have the resources and support to avoid burnout.

    It's fun to work for a company with the level of name recognition that Adobe has, although everyone you know will expect you to teach them how to use Photoshop (even if you work in a completely different BU).

    Job security. Unless you're a complete screwup or in a bad skills-job match, the odds that you will be laid off from Adobe are low. The number of people with 5, 7, or even 10 years of time in at Adobe is high.

    ConsThe flip side of job security is that turnover at Adobe is quite low and promotions are very hard to come by. The "bench strength" at Adobe is very deep. If you want to move up the ladder, cultivate patience. However, if you're OK with staying at your current level you will have the opportunity to work on different projects and learn new skills.

    One of the more intangible issues at Adobe is the Adobe - Macromedia cultural divide. Even 4 years post-merger, the lines between old and new Adobe are clear to see. Depending on which BU you're working in, Adobe can be either a slow moving, hard to change beast or a fast moving, exciting, more entrepreneurial organization. On an interpersonal level everyone gets along OK, but the differences in how stuff gets done causes issues when trying to work cross-BU.

    The difference between the SF and SJ offices is emblematic of this cultural issue. The SJ office, although very nice, is staid and corporate. The SF office is much more open and comfortable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFix the broken internal processes, make it easier for people to communicate, and find more ways to listen to our customers. Fight complacency.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Best workplace!

    Product Manager (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsIt is one of the best companies that I have ever worked with. Overall relaxed and open culture was appealing to me. Pay and benefit program is one the best. Opportunities to learn new technology are plenty. You can meet and work with great people.

    ConsNot much room for promotion. Too many layers in management. A few incompetent mid-level managers. Slow and complicated internal processes. Slow to new growth opportunities. Plenty of wasted talents.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind strategy growth opportunities to ignite innovation and realize the buried talents. Reduce the layers in the management. Some of them don't add any business value to the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Take a hit now in order to grow the company.......

    Senior Program Manager (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsBenefits, Corporate culture, and many the ability to work with some of the smartest people in the world.

    ConsProcesses and procedures are very strict. The back-office processes are set up to enable the existing business model to maintain close to 40% operating margins, but is not nimble enough to support new business models.
     in order to achieve the high operating margins budgets are always very tight with not much room to fix things like the back-office infrastructure.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAnnounce to the street that you will take a slight hit to operating margins as you increase your level of M&A activity and substantially invest in fixing systems and process to allow the company to scale and acquire different business models.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good internship

    Strategy Intern (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsCoolest technology for creative people in the world.

    ConsSuccess hides a lot of sin. Adobe is a packaged softwared company...might have a hard time transitioning to the future online. Big big company

    Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage more community.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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