Corbis Reviews

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
129 Reviews
2.4
129 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of focus leads to failure

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    There are a fair number of very dedicated & talented individuals that work at Corbis. Atmosphere is generally pleasant & benefits are good(ish). The recently developed focus on being a product driven organization has the potential to help create internal alignment & drive success if in-fighting executives don't crush it.

    Cons

    Corbis has an amazing ability to take on more than it can do. The company is way over diversified for an organization of its size. Leadership is unable to focus on accomplishing 1 - 3 strategic priorities at a time. Instead the product development organizations take on too many simultaneous projects & fail across the board. Wonder why production sites are down so often?

    While there are many good people, under performers are never held accountable for poor performance. Instead they are provided perks & incentives to do things as simple as showing up for work while high-performers are forced to pick up the slack & punished for others failures. This causes an environment where poor performance is encouraged!

    Poor compensation for those in the tech industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut/spin off non-core business units and focus on doing 1-2 things really well. You're too small to compete across the board, so you should focus excelling at several things.

    Cut 50% of your poor performers & hire back 1/2 half as many at a decent pay rate. They will actually be more productive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral 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

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

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Photo Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Photo Editor in New York, NY

    I worked at Corbis full-time (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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    • 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 as a contractor (less than an 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

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

    I worked at Corbis full-time (more than an 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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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - In IT in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - In IT in Seattle, WA

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (less than an 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.

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

    I have been working at Corbis full-time (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

    • 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 as a contractor (more than an 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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