Adobe Reviews

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83 Reviews

3.6
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Adobe President and CEO Shantanu Narayen
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Where people go to retire

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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

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, looks good on resume

    Cons

    Management, innovation or lack there of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great people and benefits, but bad practices in some areas

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Adobe

    Pros

    Most of the professionals at Adobe are exceptionally smart, competent, and easy to work with. The salaries are very competitive and the benefits, especially health insurance benefits, are great.

    Cons

    The Learning Resources group, which handles technical writing and documentation, is neither well-organized nor well-run. Decisions are made based on nebulous ideas about future trends and not based on better service for the customer. Cross-functional communication is very limited. There is a new initiative to lay off US employees and move jobs to India, and this initiative is not being handled well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I suggest paying more attention to the ideas of key employees, and also slowing down the plans to move jobs offshore.

    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    I love adobe

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    Former Employee - Computer Scientist  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Computer Scientist in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Adobe

    Pros

    1. Smart, diligent, friendly people to work with
    2. Very interesting projects that match my background well
    3. An excellent quality control software projects
    4. Good pay
    5. Nice environment, amenable weather in bay area

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the adobe creative suite, specifically, cs4, didn't sell well due the the economic downtime. Adobe had to lay off twice in one year, sigh...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None... I am grateful to my manager and manager's manager. I wish Adobe didn't acquire the omniture but stick to the desktop creative suite, but I understand that's not the reality..

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Flash is the future of Adobe

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    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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good - Bad - & Ugly when working at Adobe

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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

    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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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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

    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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