Corbis

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Corbis Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
132 Reviews
2.3
132 Reviews
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Corbis President and CEO Gary Shenk
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work / life balance and fulfilling work with good compensation (in 14 reviews)

  • Corbis has good benefits and great work-life balance (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management changes direction daily, running the company like Moe, Larry and Curly (in 15 reviews)

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

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    Technology

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

    I have been working at Corbis full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice people, company events are usually very well done, and I work on a really fun team.

    Cons

    Leadership is sometimes lacking and the direction of the company is sometimes not very clear. Senior management changes their mind too much.

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

    Strange Place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Sales in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Corbis full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice people who treat each other well. The benefits are decent for a dead industry. You get to work with beautiful pictures.

    Cons

    Executive leadership changes direction every few months. Annual layoffs. No real opportunities for promotion. Not organized. Revenue above all else.

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

    Meeting about meeting about meeting about meeting

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

    I have been working at Corbis full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Co workers are great and ensure a team effort.

    Cons

    Implemented policies should have a reasonable shelf life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be accountable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    A long way down the rabbit hole

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Occasionally there will be managers and teams that support learning and moving technology forward, but then usually move on to better opportunities. The benefits are nice and competitive with market. Layout of the IT floor is decent, though the building, while old and sturdy, can be difficult to move about the building or get a signal on a wireless connection.

    Cons

    Isolation down to just you at most of the time. IT teams do not collaborate as a normal tech company would. Technology direction is based on the whim of the last business endeavor to occur and without consulting the IT teams to determine the best strategy.

    IT uses old technology and old standards while spending more time on maintenance tasks for this old tech instead of updating these decade old systems to newer low maintenance systems.

    Utilizes outdated testing strategies and does not invest into upgrading these strategies. Does not fully leverage Unit testing. Does not leverage any automated testing scenarios.

    Build and deploy mechanisms still rely on old copy systems and is prone to failure and data corruption. Deployment 'nights' are long and arduous filled with a serialized deploy of each system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand up to the business and start helping them make rational decisions and do not let them drive technology responsibilities.

    IT management does not recognize failures in older systems when they occur, instead they blame new code and tech even after proof the old system is at fault. After a failure is accepted, they are often never addressed to see if a solution to prevented in the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    What a complete sinkhole this company has become

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

    I have been working at Corbis part-time

    Pros

    The collections of images that are represented inspire every day. The offices are very nice too.

    Cons

    Strong intelligent leadership is non existent. Most informed and inspring leaders are either fired in order to hide the inadequacies of senior management or leave totally demoralized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management should acknowledge they do not have any understanding of technolgy and the modern media industry. They need to stop pretending they are now an entertainment agency and hire the right folks to take a wonderful company further in the new millenium.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bad Leadership Leads to Bad Decisions

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Corbis full-time

    Pros

    Corbis has a solid group of dedicated employees across the organization. Within scope of responsibilities individual contributors appear to be knowledgeable and hardworking.

    The traditional Corbis business is in transition; with this is opportunity to work on some fun and innovative projects.

    Cons

    The leadership is so poor it is hard to believe without seeing it in person. While there is an acknowledgement that the industry is in change and Corbis must change, there is no vision or dedication to make it happen. Rather than assess the strengths/weaknesses of Corbis and look for market opportunities to exploit the decision is always to just follow what Getty and others are doing. Worse yet, rather than jump in and fund to complete, the decision is to spread limited resources across multiple efforts thereby delivering at a very slow pace.

    On the technology side of the house, the decrepit infrastructure is a well-known weak point and constant topic, however no time/money is every allocated to improve. It doesn’t matter how cool, innovative and affordable your product offering is, if customers can’t consistently get to and search on you website they will go to you competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend the effort to hire the correct people, create a vision and stick to it. Doing a few things well is ALWAYS better than doing more things with poor quality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor leadership- the blind leading the blind

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good, they try to create fun work parties, offices are nice, coworkers are good

    Cons

    Terrible leadership, they are always striving to beat Getty at something, but always fail/fall short. Their ideas are not very creative, they do not seem to value creative thinkers. They are always trying to change the "products", often too little-too late and the changes they end up with are not overwhelmingly great & are often barely noticeable. Communication between teams is practically non-existent & you often feel like you're operating in a vacuum. The male leaders tend to favor other males & women get passed over for promotions. While they act like they want you to grow with the company (with arbitrary, but mandatory goal setting), in actuality there are limited ways in which you can and the true support for that is lacking. I would not recommend working for this company to anyone. The salary is not competitive with the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support, develop and value your current employees. Give them actual opportunities & support to grow with the company. Pay them better! Stop being afraid of creativity & innovation. Focus on what you can do differently to rise in the market, instead of following Getty's lead!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Crazy little dysfunctional company where decisions are made in the vacuum of space.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Corbis as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Many really good, hard working people at an individual contributor level motivated to do their best for the customers, the products and ultimately the company. A company that is willing to try new business ventures, even if it appears they don' t have a clue what they are doing. Given good background information decisions can be made quickly. Those decisions won't stick, but at least they are made without much fanfare and triple justification. Decent location, casual work style, funky, (perhaps even cool?) building. I enjoyed working with nearly everyone @ Corbis and the work I did, I also enjoyed.

    Cons

    Dwindling business model, dysfunctional company and hire/RIF waves every 6 months.

    Getty, Corbis and a host of microstock companies. That's really the market. Yea, for Corbis, the purchase of Splash, Demotix, Norm Marshall with the spin up of Greenlight Music may help broaden the market, but not sure how they will all fit together. I suspect they won't. Product development appears very spur of the moment with little thought towards a cohesive strategy..

    The company has crushed it's most senior/mid management layers, and with that in some cases promoted some way beyond their skillset and abilities. This contributes to the dysfunctional behavior. A decent manager @ Corbis is rare. For the most part first and second level management that remains doesn't really act like it's their job to be involved. Lastly and in many cases the most obvious, what remains of existing senior leadership makes some of the poorest business decisions I've ever seen.

    Corbis staffing and resouce planning is chaos at it's best. RIFs (reduction in force) and new hires waves seem to cycle on the 6 month interval. In some cases they made correct decisions, but in other cases the wrong decisions. Not unheard of but that is whole reason you HAVE management.

    For a company owned by one of the most recognized technincal visionaries of our generation, the pile of technical debt at Corbis is astonishing, and frankly acts like a huge ball and chain for the entire company, Either important business processes aren't done, or somewhat sporatic as critical systems fail.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of doing 19 things really poorly, how about a little focus on 2-3 that really make sense and match a well developed, cohesive business strategy? If you can't accomplish that, then just ACT that way, and you're halfway there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Surprise = Corbis still exists with yucky leaders

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Individual contributors who are hard working
    Close to all fun places in Seattle
    ORCA Pass (I traveled from distance)

    Cons

    VERY VERY Old IT systems and very very poor leadership. Not sure why she is still there when = the team is gone.
    CEO - Who has no clue of how to run a company - the one person who had some smarts president is not there either
    Direction changing every time
    New employees are hired instead of contractors to reduce cost and have them be laid off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to Owner - Take control or sell it off to Getty

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great perks and company moral

    Cons

    internal promotions are limited and rarely done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote internally

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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