Corbis Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
147 Reviews

2.3
147 Reviews
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Corbis President and CEO Gary Shenk
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119 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance in IT is actually pretty reasonable, and the team genuinely cares about your livelihood outside of work (in 10 reviews)

  • Nice people at the low to mid levels, good benefits, vacation, etc (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior Management and the entire business vision, or rather lack of it (in 14 reviews)

  • upper management, lack of communication, silos maintained (in 14 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    corbis

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Corbis

    Pros

    good people, company heading in right direction

    Cons

    sometimes lacking collaboration, resources, focus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just Say No to Corbis!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Um, not really many pros left. They all left or got laid off, and the "pros" that remain are far under compensated or appreciated

    Cons

    1. Couldn't rate them zero starts
    2. No budget to fix anything
    3. Management has no direction or inspiration for their employees
    4. Old outdated technology that continues to linger with no sings of it being replaced
    5. No future
    6. Delayed bonuses this year
    7. Bonus "Target" is 10%, but has never been close to that sense I was there
    8. Don't rehire positions once people leave
    9. I'm tired of typing, just look at every other review, and then go apply somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit. Your not helping anything. There are to many chiefs and nobody to actually do the work. You can't hire more managers to get more work done. It doesn't work that way. Also, promote your staff. Dont keep making empty promises.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    rewarding for most of the seven years, but a disappointing end

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Corbis full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    global company, global clients and team members

    Cons

    upper management, lack of communication, silos maintained

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    in my exit interview, I commented on all of the content in this review to the hr specialist. communicate, communicate, communicate. the lack of communication varied department to department so if you were in one which did it well, you were better off. find out what your team does and value it. again, its about communication. tear down the silos that you talk about tearing down. it's listed a company value, but so often it was not the case in upper management. please get managers the training they need. being in that role does not always mean that they should be in that role.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    ok

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corbis

    Pros

    People are great to work with

    Cons

    Salary! They don't give raises

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reward good employees with better pay

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unless its the only job left on earth

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager, User Experience  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, User Experience in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    The history of the company, with 'history' being the operative word.

    Cons

    Simply the worse run company on earth. No leadership or vision, everyone works in a atmosphere that they are going to be the next ones to be let go. HR has pizza parties on the days of mass lay offs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign you are an embaressment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    From Thrilling to Utter Disappointment

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Nice people at low to mid levels, bus pass, decent benefits

    Cons

    Upper management changes direction daily, running the company like Moe, Larry and Curly. There are layoffs quarterly or "reduction in forces" necessary to accommodate perceived market fluidity or to make up for other oversights aka "experiments." Morale is suitably low. Goal setting/incentive process is an utter sham and in fact, the company arbitrarily changed the payout date so that although my goals were met for 2013, I did not receive the incentive. I worked my hardest and was left with a really bad feeling overall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start treating people like people, not walking salaries. Focus. Focus. Focus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Getting Better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Corbis full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    New management team in IT is helping the business build a true center of expertise around technology. Individual contributors are being recognized.

    Cons

    Tightly coupled historical base of systems makes it difficult to upgrade technology base. Salaries are average. No equity or options.

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

    still churn'n and burn'n

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Corbis full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    good smart people and lots of problems too work on

    Cons

    expensive executive non-servant leader managers pent on driving you top down style

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    find other employers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Broken and Unmotivated

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Nice people at the low to mid levels, good benefits, vacation, etc.

    Cons

    Frequent restructuring leads to unpredictable staff reductions. Those left standing are best served by keeping their heads down so as not to be noticed when the chopping block is out again. Everyone suffers when this type of constant inexplicable change occurs - those who were forced out and those who remain, paranoid and demotivated and sad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopefully your latest idea works better than the last twenty or so. These are actual people you are dealing with not just numbers. But, that's business, right?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slowly regressing as a brand

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corbis full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Smart, creative, easy-going colleagues work or once worked here. Some of the collections are beautiful and well curated. Employee benefits are good.

    Cons

    Like others have stated, folks in upper management have little focus or bite off more than they can chew, resulting in frequent yet unpredictable layoffs. Minimal progress happens at a snail's pace. There is almost no communication and where there is, message is patronizing or meaningless. Technical Infrastructure appears to be lacking as temporary fixes occur often. Employees are highly highly insecure about their jobs. Direct managers are happy to help with career advancement, but company itself allows no room for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees and give them what they need to do the job. Go see what it is that they do. Stop making knee-jerk reactions based on metrics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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