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Once a great company, now on decline

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Current Employee - Computer Scientist in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Computer Scientist in San Jose, CA

I have been working at Adobe

Recommends
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

It offers a generous personal space with individual offices, co-workers are great; people you'd like to hang out with after work. The company has market recognition primarily via Acrobat and Flash.

Cons

The bonus freeze was a real shoddy deal. Moreover layoffs and no long term growth plans have left a bad taste in mouth. No new innovative idea has come out of company after Acrobat.

Advice to Management

Quit cramming more and more features into Acrobat and focus more on devices, services and fostering a culture of innovation. Whatever happened to the "Product Brainstorming" drills?

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Comfortable

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    Current Employee - Senior Computer Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Computer Scientist in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Adobe

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People are smart and enthusiastic. Few bozos. Salary and benefits are good. Very flexible hours. Positive corporate and people culture. Many people have worked at Adobe for 10+ years and for good reason.

    Cons

    Stifling bureaucracy. Opaque management is seen as out of touch. Frequent reorgs that benefit upper management without much practical benefit. Crowded teams and shifting management makes career development difficulty.

    Company is scrambling to find profitable new products as the Creative Suite cash cow is running dry. Some job uncertainty because maintenance of mature or less successful products are moved to Adobe's Indian offices.

    Frequent crunch time and work weekends to meet immovable product schedules.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs serious help improving communication and bureaucracy. Adobe needs more college recruitment and evangelism to get fresh ideas for an aging corporate culture. Adobe needs to focus on its core strength: a near monopoly on software for designers.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great Place to work!

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

    I worked at Adobe

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Stocked Kitchen, Beer Bashes on Fridays
    - Lunches are well prepared by chefs (not free though)
    - Very passionate and smart people
    - Very fun and relaxed atmosphere to work in. "Work Hard, Play Hard"
    - Awesome game room
    - People are very open minded and willing to listen to your opinion and ideas and courteous as well
    - Good pay, cool perks like free fitness reimbursement

    Cons

    - Very flat organization structure, hard to get promoted and move onto other positions
    - Mature company, goes to the first point, a lot of people are settled in their positions so its hard to move up, you may have to go to another company then come back to higher position
    - The yearly layoffs
    - Upper management is not taking risks in new products, very conservative and reliant on the core products (photoshop, flash, etc.)

    Advice to Management

    Keep treating your employees well. Don't be afraid to take risks and retain top talent, don't lay off people without a very good reason to do so. Keep letting the innovation grow and support new products!


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