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Updated April 21, 2017
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  • The work life balance here is excellent though some teams ( especially those working on newer features) might have to spend a weekend or two here (in 417 reviews)

  • Great benefits and work/life balance (in 190 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "If the chiefs are happy, who cares about the Indians"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Adobe full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great office, nice facilities and benefits overall. work/life balance varies by group/team or organization.

    Cons

    Management never changes, too many tenured executives who can't keep up with current technologies, very little room for personal growth,

    Advice to Management

    Let's get some fresh faces in here. If teams have lots of turnover, perhaps look at the management and not blame the individual contributors.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Inside sales- circling the drain"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Lehi, UT
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Lehi, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Adobe full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, fountain coke AND pepsi machines, pearl ice, waterless urinals, free sunglasses, completely sealed gaps in bathroom stalls, natural landscaping, goats, a nice perch to look down on all the point product companies below.

    Cons

    Well.... if you are still reading this you must either be very bored and lonely, a recruiter (seriously guys... you are at a 9 with the Linkedin emails and I need you at a 4), a disgruntled previous employee making sure the grass didn't green back up...(pst... it didn't), perhaps a "sales" leader looking for a real opinion...

    Or maybe you are a prospective new employee, eager to start your sales career and are looking to base a major career decision on a random, anonymous, TOTALLY unbiased online source (seriously millennials, don't talk to internet strangers). I direct my comments to you though (please take as many grains of salt as your parent's insurance-provided-doctor prescribes).

    You'll notice the other reviewers' chief complaint is with our Sr. dictat... I mean director... to summarize, he has no successful previous sales experience, has insulated himself with a thick layer of mid-level management, armed himself with a fleet of analysts, doesn't listen to any of his more experienced line managers, and targets people who challenge him then warns others to not ask "career limiting questions." He tries to come across as genuine but is basically a male version of Dolores Umbridge.

    So how does a marketer take control of an inside sales organization?

    The key is to remember that most of the roles in this org involve finding prospective buyers and setting up demos for our sales team. There are a few roles where you work with an AE to close small deals but these are difficult to work your way into and frankly the juice isn't really worth the squeeze once you make it into that. So more than likely you aren't in "Sales" (from Adobe's perspective). Sure -- you are developing valuable skills for your future as a sales professional, and many very successful salespeople cut their teeth in this org, but from Adobe's perspective you are a lead generator (not unlike a marketing email, display ad, paid search term, etc). Ultimately, a cost of sales -- and costs are meant to be lowered -- which is exactly what the Sr. Director spends most his time on.

    That's how a marketer takes over an inside sales org. Because somebody who spends more time with spreadsheets then people thought they could lower cost of sales and manage people like a marketing campaign- while simultaneously preparing them for sales careers.

    Hopefully Adobe wises up, replaces top leadership with actual sales professionals who can groom the next generation, and stop the hemorrhaging of great sales talent leaving in droves.

    That being said, maybe you will be the transfusion to replace the lost life blood of inside sales... About 15 spots have opened up and there are a lot more coming soon (like empty first class rooms on the sinking Titanic). Just go in with your eyes open, get Adobe on your resume and then have an exit strategy.

    Good luck!

    Advice to Management

    clean house


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good if you want to park yourself for family-oriented benefits, bad if you want to get meaningful stuff done."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Adobe full-time

    Pros

    Family-oriented benefits, great product momentum on Marketing Cloud and great brand with Photoshop.

    Cons

    Not a lot of options for career-development relative to other companies.
    Odd characters in executive management on the Creative Cloud side.
    Too hard to get stuff done- so many councils, committees and job overlap, micro-manager execs. Creates a lot of churn where you're really busy, but not on customer-facing value-added work.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your people and let them make decisions.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Pretty on the outside, just a grind on the inside"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Adobe full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Salary & Benefits. US Company wide shutdown in July and Christmas

    Cons

    No independence or decision making for individual employees. Everything needs to be approved by a VP which can take a long time. Everything is tactical and high stress.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a strategy beyond hitting the quarterly revenue target


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Adobe Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Adobe full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and HR executive.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs and turnover. 50% of the employees do nothing while others carry the workload. Very slow to move and behind the industry on many things. Clearly hires more people on h1visas verses US citizens

    Advice to Management

    Create clear roles and responsibilities and hold people accountable


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Was great, but it's changing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst/Consultant in Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Analyst/Consultant in Remote, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Adobe full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits, great culture. It was a great place to work for the first five years I was there. The last two were the challenge.

    Cons

    Too many power struggles on the Creative side of the house. Management doesn't seem vested in solving the problem, and the peons suffer. Those that try to create a workable climate find themselves on the outside, and eventually let go.

    Seems to me that the fast/flexible Adobe of three or four years ago has given way to corporate stagnation. It's just another IBM/Microsoft.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff -- Adobe's gone corporate and you need to get back to where you were.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Behance: Great people, bad managers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Adobe full-time

    Pros

    - Get to spend a few days off at the 99U conference every year
    - Great coworkers
    - Great Adobe benefits
    - Great office location
    - Top-knotch engineering culture

    Cons

    - No one building the product uses the product
    - Fear-based management style
    - Inexperienced management
    - Massive growing pains
    - Employee turnover
    - Inflexible vacation policy
    - Employees spread very thinly
    - Burn and turn employees
    - Sterile office


  9. Helpful (3)

    "I should have known better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Services Sales in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Services Sales in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Adobe full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits . Flexible work schedule. Solid products that work very well together.

    Cons

    On boarding is a joke. The person on boarding me got let go two weeks after I got there and I was told to figure it out. Lots of infighting and Politics. Most back stabbing environment I have ever experienced. Lots of lies told to me when I was interviewing and beyond, reality wasn't even close. Lots of distrust by employees of their immediate bosses. HR was no help, in fact, they were non-existent when my position was eliminated.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at your managers and the business lines they are running. It seems like they have no sense of self and are making things up as they go along.


  10. "Honest opinion"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are pretty decent. You get about 2-3 weeks of paid vacation depending on what you can work out with your manager. There are 2 company shutdowns, in December you get about 1.5 weeks off around Christmas and the New Year, then in the summer your get a week off during July 4th. This is paid holiday for regular employees plus another 7-8 other holidays throughout the year.

    Cons

    They tend to recruit from BYU a lot as they have a location in Lehi, UT. New hire diversity had drastically dropped. They stopped giving out company bonuses. Holiday parties are a joke. The revenue keeps growing, but the raises are miniscule at times.

    Advice to Management

    Diversity!!!


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good if it's just a job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Front End Web Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Front End Web Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Adobe full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and nice office spaces. Unlimited vacation, good health insurance, stock options & 401k packages. Flexible work from home or office schedule.

    Cons

    Everything else. Not very innovative. A lot of politics. Adobe seems more concerned with acquiring companies than growing and innovating.


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