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Adobe Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
1,125 Reviews
4.0
1,125 Reviews
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Adobe President and CEO Shantanu Narayen
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Company offers great benefits; flexible time-off policy; decent work-life balance (in 149 reviews)

  • Good gym, great benefits, overall more positive experiences than bad ones (in 90 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance has also steadily deteriorated over the past few years (in 27 reviews)

  • senior management do not communicate well with employees of all levels (in 38 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    good place to work

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    Former Employee - Adobe Student Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Adobe Student Representative in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Adobe as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    nice, friendly, energetic, engaging, helpful

    Cons

    salary is not competent compare to other companies in the filed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Employee of a company that was acquired by Adobe.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great office environment, Benefits. Up to date equipment. Pay was OK, but not up to industry or regional standards.Benefits were overall great.

    Cons

    Only as successful as the person(s) above you allow. Zero transparency on where allowed to move in career. Similar to a lot of large companies where the individual is not recognized unless they have a champion or someone who will bring their talents and achievements to attention of middle management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Adobe is a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Adobe full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people, products, and benefits. The landscape has continually changed over the past few years, providing growth for the company and individuals to expand their roles or take on new ones.

    Cons

    Would like to see PTO plan modified, though the two holiday shutdowns per year are great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Adobe

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Lehi, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Lehi, UT

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Great branding helps accelerate the sales cycle. We are included in a lot of RFP just based on name alone.

    Cons

    Annual restructuring can be unnerving Career advancement opportunities are on your shoulders to seek out and pursue. Lack of training and time to self train has become a problem as i have been focused on quota.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more. Regional income is not in line with what other companies are offering in High Tech. Don't restructure every year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice benefits, some cons

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Adobe full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, all the standard benefits, free dinners, child care stipend employee stock purchase; Nice facilities in SJ; Flexible work hours

    Cons

    Average salary, corporate red tape, lack of allocated vacation days is disconcerting, as you are not "entitled" to them, lack of career opportunities within teams, wide variation in terms of engineering capability; new lite version of reviews called "checkins" are nebulous

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider making reviews a little more structured, promoting from within and easing the difficulties of intra-group career moves.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work at

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Adobe

    Pros

    single office, good gear, nice colleagues

    Cons

    not really have any cons.

  8.  

    Fantastic Spirit in the XD department, a lot of inspiring talent around.

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    Current Employee - Senior Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Adobe full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very renowned company and brand. In the XD department you always get hand on the best and newest tech gadgets and working with the people is truly inspiring. The salary is good and the co-workers seem to be very balanced in regard to the broader company outlook.

    Cons

    Some communication problems sometimes exist, but that seems normal to a company of that size. Working with different geo locations is sometimes really very struggling.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Time for a big change

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

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

    Pros

    Nice compensation package. Great people. Great name.

    Cons

    No mobility. Zero career opportunities. People get promoted for the wrong reasons. Brain drain. Knowingly shipping buggy software.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe you should read Glassdoor instead of the yearly employee survey.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great brand, very good company

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

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

    Pros

    Everyone knows Adobe. Respected products, great facilities, very wide-range of employee benefits, etc.

    Cons

    Got tired of being asked from people I'd meet, when they found out I worked for Adobe, how to turn off the annoying Acrobat/PDF update reminders (!). Can be a very slow-moving, bureaucratic place to work. HR is too powerful, and too involved in each business line, imo. IT is also a problem area. Creates great widgets for managers, but good luck getting any of their time for any projects not deemed high priority. Company can be a bit silo'd at times, though that improved over my tenure there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to retain those--particularly on the digital marketing side--who have years and years of relevant experience. You have lost enough great talent to fuel dozens of new startups (which is exactly what is happening). Stop outsourcing nearly all new jobs to India. Yes the metrics look good on paper, but the price customers pay is too high and will impact renewal rates on the SAAS side of the business, etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Brand, Cool Perks, limited mobility

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Adobe full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great brand and products, cool perks, on site gym, great insurance plan, great employee stock plan, wellness plan, cool building, great time off policy, shut downs for Christmas and 4th of July. Lots of smart and creative people.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is rough and stressful much of the time. despite the great time off policy, you are so busy that you feel you can't take advantage of it. very complicated contract work flow system, constantly resolving invoicing issues for customers. Compensation is not adequate for the work load. Managers feel they don't have to pay more because of the large job seeker pool which also means Managers have no incentive to keep experienced employees around. Very difficult to move up, too competitive. In many cases, hiring managers are looking for MBA candidates and will look outside the company even if someone internally could be trained to do the work. Company is very slow to change and upgrade systems and processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop off loading jobs to India. it might save money on the bottom line but the quality suffers. There are plenty of people here the U.S. that can do a way better job. Increase compensation, otherwise more people will seek employment else where. Encourage employees to stay with the company and help them with a career path if they express an interest to work on another department. Don't use bell curves to grade employees against each other.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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