Adobe Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
1,062 Reviews
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1,062 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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  

    Good Benefits, No Career Growth, Yearly Layoffs, IT mismanaged

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Lead  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - IT Lead in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    -Good Benefits
    -Socially Involved
    -Environmentally Aware

    Cons

    -No Career Growth, Limited Opportunities to get ahead. It's a job, not a career.
    -Yearly Layoffs
    -I work in IT and IT upper management only listens to smoke and mirror managers. These managers mislead VPs in what's really going on. Often leads to mismanagement and bad decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Listen to your individual contributors instead of your managers who are only there to make you feel good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Awesome company, great products, middling management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - IT Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Adobe full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I love the environment and the fun we were able to have - Friday beer bashes, all hands, and other events. The CEO seems to genuinely care about the people working there - if you run into him on the elevator, he will speak to you. I was laid-off and received a very generous severance package - so even after I'm no longer a part of the company, they still took care of me!

    Cons

    Within IT, there is a group of people who only manage up - and not down! As a result, their voices are the only ones upper management hears as their voice drown out all others and result in a lot of turmoil.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Spend more quality time with ALL your people, not just the usual suspects. You might find that the usual suspects are hiding what's really going on.
    - Remember: good ideas come from all parts of the company. Don't only listed to a few people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Uninspiring

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Adobe full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, good work-life balance, and in general, folks are really nice to work with depending on what your focus is.

    Cons

    Company resources are spread thin and management appears to be uncoordinated and short sited. Company values are no longer emphasized and revenue in the short-term seems to rule.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slow decisions, declining relevance, rise in office politics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Group Product Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Group Product Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Adobe full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    some great people passionate about the products they work on

    Cons

    rising office politics, difficulty to make decisions

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Definitely not a good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Adobe full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Product teams are motivated, talented and good to work with. Stock price has been moving up.

    Cons

    Middle management is awful....kiss up, kick down and almost always worried about themselves. HR is well meaning but incompetent and has no idea of how to align the organization with its values. The IT group is run in a dictatorial fashion and has become an unproductive rat's nest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean out middle management and get your priorities straight. Concentrate on areas where you have true thought leadership rather than trying me-too products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Empower your employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very bright people, great technology. Good benefits. Company name has cache.

    Cons

    Management micromanages in certain areas. They don't empower their employees so those who have ideas/passion leave. The remaining employees wait to be told what to do. If you want to be like sheep, corporate marketing is the place to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your employees, take your talents and skills and apply them in leadership.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Director, Marketing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director Product Marketing  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director Product Marketing in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Adobe full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great software and great people. Company has successfully reinvented itself several times in fast changing world of software.

    Cons

    Lots of churn as the company deals with change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep adapting to the market forces

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager Demand Generation  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager Demand Generation in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Adobe full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great compensation, benefits and perks. Great training opportunities. Easy access in/out of corporate. Vision is on target.

    Cons

    Going through significant change. Often difficult to navigate through process and be patient.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good benefits, flex hours, smart people, and annual layoff

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Computer Scientist II  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Computer Scientist II in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Adobe full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I enjoyed working here for several years. Very flexible, nice and smart people, good compensation, interesting projects.

    Cons

    Yearly layoff (regardless of your performance) really turns down and discourages employees around November/December. I saw off many colleagues who worked on the same floor. That was very depressing too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adobe is now moving toward positive directions. Keep up good work and share profits with employees who contribute to the company's growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Adobe full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Adobe is a very good company, it's filled with great people, has excellent benefits, and makes great products. The yearly shut downs the week of July 4 and during the holidays in December are terrific.

    Cons

    Every Fall there are layoffs and tension becomes high among the mployees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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