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Adobe Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated December 5, 2014
Updated December 5, 2014
1,125 Reviews
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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.  

    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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Employer of choice, or of necessity?

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

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

    Pros

    * Benefits & compensation are competitive
    * Site leaders plan events to make us feel included and part of one company
    * Intriguing mix of employees, via many acquisitions ... everyone from corporate folks to creative folks; it's a nice blend

    Cons

    * Lots of long-term employees can mean obduracy ... "This is how we do things here." Running a business unit via oligarchy is risky. Without fresh opinions, how can you know you're not seriously off track?
    * Little chance for promotion or mobility because of low attrition at the top
    * Senior-manager-heavy: we are having trouble hiring younger people, and some of our key talent isn't that far from retirement
    * PTO policy *sounds* great, but many managers discourage you from taking time off
    * Some truly abysmal people managers who have little experience running teams but who are given no motivation or resources to change their ways.
    * Everyone seems burned out most of the time. No one smiles any more. If you say 'good morning' in the hallway, people wince because they're afraid you're going to ask for something they don't have time to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many employees seem to feel 'locked in' because of generous benefits, equity, and flexible working locations. What will you do when that isn't enough to hold them? Start creating serious succession plans, as well as a multi-year talent retention and acquisition plan. The next generation doesn't want to work for Adobe. Reverse that trend before it's too late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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
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  5. 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
  6.  

    Solid Company with Good Work-Life Balance

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Adobe full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very solid company. Business is good and doing steady; work-life balance is excellent with long hours being few and far in between for most people. The office clears out by 5:30. Great location flexibility as well; I see many cubicles and offices that remain empty 4 days a week. Some of them, 5 days a week (yes, they are occupied).

    Cons

    For a Silicon Valley company, the pace of innovation is not particularly on the the rapid side. I wouldn't go so far as to say slow, but definitely not fast. Same goes with bureaucracy and office politics - not as bad as say a traditional, non-Valley company, but it's there and it slows down everything. Benefits are solid but perks are not particularly great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For a company of this age and size, I think management is doing quite well. But how things are right now, the company will have a hard time competing for top-tier talent against the likes of Google or Facebook. Adobe risks remaining mid-tier among large Silicon Valley companies, with mid-tier talent and mid-tier growth. Oh wait, that doesn't sound too bad. Keep up the good (but not great) work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great location and great benefits with nice people

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    Former Employee - Software Quality Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Quality Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Pretty laid back if you're a QE

    Cons

    hard to move around or out of Quality Engineer in to something else. It is impossible to apply for other positions within the company; they won't even give you an interview.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let people explore other interests in the company instead instead of keeping them where they are

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A fine place, but they operate like an ancient institution, not a modern, nimble tech innovator.

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    Former Employee - Solutions Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Solutions Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Adobe full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great sustainability commitment. Decent work-life balance.

    Cons

    Adobe moves like a DINOSAUR. Incredibly siloed and resistant to change. Way too slow to address change (both internally and externally).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from Google, not Microsoft.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Mostly Great Company - But watch out for annual Dec redundencies

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Consultant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great work evirnoment, and good work-life-balance, above average salary, and culture

    Cons

    Middle management, annual December redundencies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pretty good company, but net talent loss

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

    I have been working at Adobe full-time

    Pros

    Compensation is pretty competitive and the benefits are pretty good. The company truly cares about being a responsible member of the community in its green initiatives and volunteering opportunities. The Digital Publishing side of the business makes some very good, industry leading software.

    Cons

    Hiring managers are not given the tools to be competitive in finding and retaining the best talent. Some business units have basically given up on hiring locally in SF and fill positions almost exclusively in India.

    Some highly visible mistakes have been made by senior leadership with no one held accountable. This culture of unaccountability permeates down.

    It seems to be a complacent employee base made up mostly of nine to fivers waiting to retire, with no real motivation to move the needle. They are more than happy to let the truly talented minority carry them and the company on their back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ECommerce Strategy Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - ECommerce Strategy Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Adobe full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent compensation, work-life balance, and culture.

    Cons

    Things tend to move slowly, at a risk adverse pace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce overlap across the various business units

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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