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Adobe Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
1,049 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. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Computer Scientist II  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Computer Scientist II in San Jose, CA

    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Jose, CA

    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
  3.  

    Nice working environment and nice collaboration

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Intern  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Research Intern in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    good location, good work dynamics, nice team work

    Cons

    need better food, better support for intern housing

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company, has lot of potential to be better

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Open culture which allows employees to take initiative and make a difference. Enough opportunities to learn and grow in technical areas.

    Cons

    Many teams move very slowly due to inefficiencies and lack of direction from senior management
    Very limited/No bonus for engineers (in some cases, even top performing engineers).

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

    Political

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software QA Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software QA Engineer in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Freedom to decide how you get work done
    Some cool people
    Very cool manager
    Come and go as you please
    high quality products

    Cons

    Super political
    Poor performers retained while those without connects are let go
    disorganized
    lack of management involvement
    RIFs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Praise good employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Adobe: smart people, best in class products, but gradually suffocating from operational obsession and overreach.

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    Former Employee - Business Development  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Business Development in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Truly smart and talented team. Best in class products. Excellent pay and benefits. Progressive management and corporate culture/citizenry.

    Cons

    Constant changes in strategic focus limit employee's long term achievement and career growth potential. Company perversely limits its own agility; too hamstrung by operational controls to effectively compete in new markets or react to emerging competitive threats.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a 5 to 10 year strategic plan/vision to provide a backdrop and guideposts for more changeable annual strategic plans. Be willing to invest more deeply and consistently to achieve long term growth and win markets. Be more paranoid. Be more agile.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company to work for if you are not in IT

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and great benefits

    Cons

    Worst IT department I've ever worked in and I worked in many... Ironically there are lots of great, very skilled and smart pros on the bottom level who are doing the great job but quality of upper managment in general is drastically low considering it's a SV company. Using their department as a sandbox to play with different org models killing the spirit and demotivates people who could make a difference and pull their business processes and customer support out of this stoneage shithole it stays at the moment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are serious about improving customer experience as you are declaring, hire experienced leaders who knows exactly how to achieve it, not a bunch of demagogues who just keep talking about SAAS, Virtualization and Cloud without a single successful business transformation project behind their backs... And please stop those annual spirit killing layoffs. There is no point to strive for excellency if one knows that he may be laid off regardless of his performance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Microsoft wanna be... Steve Jobs quotes it best

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Great benefits and bonus to top 10% and mgmt. perks
    If you are a recent acquired company or deemed crucial for future, its awesome

    Cons

    Yearly offshore of jobs, especially in BU that are cash cows.
    Execs dont invest or take chances other than acquisition.
    Hackfest ideas are almost never followed through.
    Management isn't incentivated to take risks or innovate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to jobs... innovate, take chances.
    Its not about how you look, or metrics about how many bugs you fix that shows on report.
    As these are corporate values that are often easily gamed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Long time employee who loved working there...

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    Former Employee - Group Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Group Manager in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Smart employees, nice facilities, good gym, good cafe, located in the heart of downtown San Jose

    Cons

    Adobe hires really smart people, but then doesn't let them do their jobs. Top down management style that doesn't get articulated well throughout the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the vision and the steps to get there more with employees. Make sure employees have a chance to shine, and not just the favored ones.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Mixed bag

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

    Pros

    Great company with tons of talent. Decent time off, benefits are very good. The people make Adobe a great company.

    Cons

    Back office infrastructure is dysfunctional and outdated. Instead of spending money to fix the systems, they are off shoring jobs as much as possible, in my opinion, washing their hands in the USA of internal support. Sweeping it under the rug. Management manages up instead of managing their teams to build strong, solid performers and outcomes.
    Lower level managers seem to be afraid to really speak the truth anymore. People who have spoken up seem to lose their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes and ears to the individual contributors because your managers are telling you what you want to hear. Look into thinly veiled favoritism. Don't become just like every other Wall Street company. I see Adobe losing the culture that placed them above the rest. Open up head count where needed, your people are burning out from high demands and lack of resources.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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