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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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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Flash is the future of Adobe

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

    I have been working at Adobe

    Pros

    - Very generous time off, including company shutdowns to ensure everyone actually uses it.
    - Non-confrontational atmosphere; colleagues are accessible, pleasant people to work with on a daily basis.

    Cons

    - Lots of silos. Core component groups take no responsibility for downstream use of their code, leading to lots of patches and not enough sharing of knowledge.
    - Lots of work done overseas. If you depend on one of those groups it can be tough to work out problems in a timely manner.
    - Too many groups have their own agendas, leading to a confusing technology stack.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flash may be the future, but it's 10 years old and showing its age. Start taking its stability and performance issues seriously or all of the partnerships in the world won't help.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work but that is changing.

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

    I worked at Adobe

    Pros

    Pay is above industry and their overall compensation package is very good.

    Cons

    There has been way too much work moved off-shore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the flow of experience walking out the door you will need them again.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Adobe is one of the best places in the world to work

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

    I have been working at Adobe

    Pros

    Awesome products -- fun working on a product used by millions of people
    Great Technology
    High level of trust and respect for employees
    Great work environment

    Cons

    Some employees have a lack of urgency for making needed product improvements. We need to be more customer focused. Sometimes we have great technology that is too hard for people to use.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drive accountability for more accountability from business and engineering leaders for ensuring that we are doing right by our customers.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Dynamic and fast paced

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

    I worked at Adobe

    Pros

    Great products, intelligent and motivated employees

    Cons

    The level of benefits is being reduced

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on revenue

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good - Bad - & Ugly when working at Adobe

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Adobe

    Pros

    The people, the cafeteria, the offices and the products at Adobe are great!! On a whole Sr. Mgm't does really try and does care about it's people and giving back to the community! I really respect them for this!!!

    Cons

    It is Jr. Mgm't that seems to drop the ball. Some of these individuals should not be managing people. Not only have these individuals gotten away with disrespecting members of their team in front of other team members but they also lack the people skills along with good communications skills needed to be a good manager. Some of these individuals have attended Adobe's classes on some of these skills, however around a week or so after completing these classes they seem to revert back to their old horrible self. These individuals should not be managing other people. My heart goes out to those people that still are working for these individuals. Definitely politics in this organization as Jr. Mgm't seems to be protected by their manager's who seem to overlook Jr. Mgm'ts weaknesses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I could say that Sr. Mgm't should look into the above information that was submitted but don't believe it will ever happen.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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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

    Pros

    - Good benefit
    - Many opportunities to learn (free training courses, seminars, etc)
    - Private offices for all regular employees (SJ only)
    - Bonuses, shipping gifts if you are in a profitable product team

    Cons

    - More and more projects being moved overseas (meaning poor job security and more early morning and late night meetings)
    - Less or no career opportunities
    - Poor communication from upper management
    - Frequent changes in company/product direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a long-term direction and strategy.
    If you say employees are valuable assets, treat them like they are.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Let a 1000 flowers bloom

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

    I worked at Adobe

    Pros

    Provides opportunities for creating new products. Good salary and benefits. Work force is generally good. The company is well respected.

    Cons

    The overall "let 1000 flowers bloom" philosophy leads to idiosyncratic behaviors and organizational structures, especially in the middle tier of the company. Duplication of efforts, even when it is obvious to everyone that only one approach can used going forward, is rampant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Map strategic direction decisions with some content. Focus on things that will be done uniformly throughout the organization. Make it clear what things are not going to be done.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Adobe used to be a great company...

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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

    Pros

    Adobe pays competitively. Nice employees, and excellent work-life balance, unless you're in the middle of the product release (expect to work late hours in that case).

    Cons

    The environment could be very political, with management forming moats and fortresses protecting themselves. The latest benefit adjustments show that Adobe could cut costs and benefits further. Choose your team and your manager wisely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A strong company needs strong leadership, but what's happening now is many managers are inept and are only interested in their own interests, not the interests of the company. That is where a great company like Adobe starts to fall down. Adobe is in a leadership crisis, and it needs better managers.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Adobe is great for your resume, terrible for job security

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    Former Employee - Dev in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Dev in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Adobe

    Pros

    Great name to work for.
    Agile development technology
    Very professional engineering processes
    Lots of different technologies to be exposed to

    Cons

    Frequent layoffs, no warning, whole departments suddenly cut without regard to long term consequences
    Outsourcing to really amateurish teams in India
    Autocratic rule by SVP without paying any regard to dliligent research and recommendations of reports. SVP crushes dissent brutally, very political choices during layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop outsourcing your best talents to Noida. Plan for the long haul. Suddenly changing strategy to stop supporting deep development is a death knell.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Want a career? Are you ambitious? Have you kicked butt at every other play you have worked? Don't work here.

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

    I have been working at Adobe

    Pros

    1. People are great--- has a ton of smart, passionate people that have tons of expertise.
    2. The facilities are nice--- fruit in the breakrooms, and everyone in SJ get's an office
    3. Products are great--- hope this continues as they seem to not be investing in R&D in the US as much.
    4. Towels in the gym. Yummy lunch room.

    Cons

    1. No growth for employees--- they would rather hire Billy Bob from Skunk SW who has a Director title then promote from within.
    2. CEO is not much of a leader--- the companies strategy is not clear, and they have made too many investments across too many different markets/products.
    3. If you have an opinion, save it. They do not listen to their employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the tough decisions about which parts of the business you will invest in--- get rid of the others. Promote people from within--- that is how you got to your position! Isn't it?!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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