Adobe Reviews in Seattle, WA

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
1,064 Reviews
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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.  

    Great Company To Work For

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Computer Scientist  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Computer Scientist in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Generous amounts of time off with sick time and vacation. Good work/life balance. Great people to work with. Executive management are focused and committed to company's transition to cloud based services.

    Cons

    Upward mobility and paths for promotion are a little unclear.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent Work/Life Balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Devops Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Devops Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good:
    24 Days PTO, two week long holiday breaks (which don't count against PTO).
    Medical is solid.
    Stock grants are nice.
    Realistic work hours.
    Free parking and bus pass.
    Nice tuition re-imbursement.
    Career advancement is encouraged, training and career-focused learning are emphasized toward that end.

    Cons

    Duplication of team functions in segregated silos. Valuable experience may be cordoned off.
    Bureaucratic processes may block projects, be aware that any new process encountered may take more time than expected.
    Territoriality of middle management, though not as pernicious as some Puget Sound area software companies, is present. Advise caution when proceeding with projects that cross manager boundaries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focused on outcomes: when a process isn't producing good results and capabilities, it's time to prune that process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Not the best company for everyone.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Smart, fun people overall. Challenging work.

    Cons

    Some product paths are not well defined and always changing. The manager seemed to take on way too much project workload causing them to experiment way too often with the team makeup and responsibilities. Made a lead developer the QE manager, causing a clear conflict of interest and direction in test quality and results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    There's a reason I've been here seventeen years

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Talented people, great products, agile practices, lots of teams to build experience

    Cons

    Top heavy, innovation and decision making gets stalled, very deep bureacracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good work-life balance, fantastic benefits, lots of training opportunities, strong management practices

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

    Flat organization, great environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for advancement, good pay, great company.

    Cons

    None that come to mind.

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

    Adobe is run by accountants

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. If you are junior could be a great place to get experience.

    Cons

    The engineering managers are all in it for themselves and while they may seem nice they don't give a rip about you. Financial incentives are focused towards the top few percent of the employees so good people go wanting and it all depending on your manager to fight for you. Many people have been there for 10 years + and it is very hard to break into the "in" crowd.

    Periodic layoffs.

    Seattle is an Adobe backwater so definitely do not take a job there as your neck will periodically be on the chopping block and jobs are shifted overseas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's too late.... you have staffed up overseas because it looked cheaper and you now know it isn't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    IT Client Services

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Client Services  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - IT Client Services in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Adobe full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Pay is great.

    Cons

    Management seems to use Gartner to make all their decisions and want to just manage vendors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep some of the jobs internal.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    People-focused and surprisingly forward thinking company leveraging industry-leading software to drive innovation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Adobe full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People focused: Adobe really makes it a real priority to retain good people. What's different, at Adobe, is you can be rewarded for deep area expertise alone. There doesn't seem to be a press to discover everybody's path to Senior VP. Instead, if you do a great job and your talents are needed, Adobe will try to keep you.

    Strong rewards: pay is equitable if not better than peer companies. ESPP, in particular, is ridiculously good. Health care is similar to most high tech companies but they do offer pet insurance which is somewhat unique.

    Management: very open, addressable; feels like a small company at times.

    True performance-based review process: no bizarre stack rank, no funky "grades", just a straightforward conversation with your manager about how you've done and where you're going.

    Work/Life is second to none: Need time off? Take it! No limit on PTO. The simple agreement is, simply, make sure your job is taken care of.

    Cons

    Things can be a little frenetic. As Adobe shifts from the old to the new, some plans come in at the last minute.

    Hierarchical career movement may be limited. Org structures are pretty flat so, while your scope of influence may grow, you might stay in the same spot in the chain of command for some time.

    There is some discipline-specific segregation, typical of a mature software company (e.g., testers only do this, marketing people only do that, etc). I think this is more of a holdover culture from older employees as I don't see any segregation coming from higher levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. You're transforming a 20th century software legend into a modern innovation leader. Don't lose focus on your people along the way, though.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A place to make the best tools for creative professionals

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Nice working environment, great co-workers, close customer contact, creating great tools for artists

    Cons

    Not many. Fremont is a bit out of the way, but a nice office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the customer first, ahead of the shareholders

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A delightful place to work if you keep track of the whole culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Campus, People. Always enjoyed spending time with co-workers

    Cons

    Corporate identity seems to be becoming fuzzy. At some point in the last 4 years the identity of the core customer seems to have gotten muddled.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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