Corbis Reviews

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
129 Reviews
2.5
129 Reviews
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Corbis President and CEO Gary Shenk
Gary Shenk
101 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  

    Bizarre

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people who do real work. The imagery the toilets were Ok, but beyond that its really hard to find anything complimentary to say about this company Bill Gates needs to come to the office more to find out why he he never made money in over 20 years. Firing folks does not add to the bottom line but it does take away from the top line and creativity.

    Cons

    Senior Management and the entire business vision, or rather lack of it. There is no real teamwork, none of the offices work together. At some point Bill has to pull the plug.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a plan, stop firing anybody with an idea and stop getting the PR team to write the reviews on here. We all know the CEOs approval rating would not even be 20% if it were not for the PR team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    sr software engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corbis full-time

    Pros

    technology move fast, allow people to conference or training.

    Cons

    business model is wrong, never have promotion!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make sure group like team or family

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A waste of time

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    some great minded people with a true passion for photography. nice offices.

    Cons

    a corporate culture at it's worst: no risk taking, everyone is busy protecting their back, email obsessed, unhealthy competition between NY and Seattle office, constant layoffs, useless meetings, arrogance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking of yourself as a big profitable company and start thinking as a start up with little cash.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    They could have been a contender

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Photo Editor  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Photo Editor in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    -Amazing archive and historical collection
    -Some of the best photography/photographers on the market today.
    -Working with very skilled employees - a few of which still have a passion for photography and carry the torch of knowledge.
    -Learn a lot from colleagues.

    Cons

    -No job security, layoffs are annual.
    -No growth - promotions are rare.
    -Company focus is on money, period - employees and content providers come last.
    -Goals never consider the content providers, unless they're "high profile" and are willing to work with the company, on the company's terms
    -Culture is non-existant
    -No commitment to planing direction and a lot of flip flopping on goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Stop using layoffs as a cost cutting method - The company is losing precious talent
    -Stop following in the footsteps of the competition, create something new and find your own identity
    -Listen to your clients' needs
    -Allow employee evaluations of their directors and upper management - you'll be surprised what you find out

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great people and a great company to work for!

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

    I have been working at Corbis as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly people and a company that has a great working atmosphere and culture. They really care about their employees, and it shows in all of our day to day activities.

    Cons

    The only downside for me is commuting to Seattle, but even that is not much of a con because they give me an ORCA card to catch the train.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Corbis - still stuck at 5 yd line; 'Safety' looks imminent

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

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

    Pros

    Good Team Name, Good Owner Name, Good content. Friendship with team members. good company activities and parties - though the QB rarely shows up.

    Cons

    No Quarterback or a good running back or a good wide receiver (and I am not talking 'great' just 'good')
    Continuous reshuffling of players
    IT sucks and so does it leadership gal
    So many free agents leaving the ship

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some good team leaders and key positions re-filled.

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

    Corbis - in whirlwind of Tail Spin

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    Current Employee - In IT  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - In IT in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Amazing imagery, amazing collection and history of collections. Hard to find any other Pros - even the people are leaving.

    Cons

    incapable top leadership. extremely poor IT leadership (oh I forgot - there is only one IT leader left) - but glassdoor is filled with comments on her so I will not add more.
    no direction. working on projects that make no sense. dollars spent on useless items. very low morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to the chairman: get new people - at least in the top 10 positions.

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

    Great people, but unstable due to poor processes

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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

    Friendly people, good work environment

    Cons

    Too unstable. Has gone through a series of layoffs in the past few years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a better system to analyze your products. Reporting systems are seriously lacking.

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

    If you have a choice between working here and not working here, choose the latter.

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance
    Great people
    Autonomy
    Nice office
    Incredible imagery to look at each day

    Cons

    Management
    Direction
    Compensation
    Systems
    Processes
    No room for promotion
    Leadership is poor
    Everyone is quitting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a direction or plan and stick to it for longer than 6 months.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    two words: stay away from Corbis IT

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Corbis as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great people, good benefits, downtown Seattle location

    Cons

    - Technology org: very poor morale, crazy turnover, poor leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Find a new CIO and CEO, invest in new technology, stop laying off stuff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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