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  • This is one of the few top tech companies that truly wants you to have a good work-life balance (in 451 reviews)

  • Great benefits and work/life balance (in 199 reviews)

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  1. "Overall good place to work."

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Right people doing the right things. Very comfortable place to work. Very good compensation package with a lot of perks.

    Cons

    Hard to grow within the company. Also this year there was not salary review. With the profit sharing plan also not working this year it's a significant decrease of total compensation.

    Advice to Management

    More support for new projects.


  2. "Worked for Adobe for 8 years and love it"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits package
    Creative and talented people

    Cons

    Work load
    Company is risk adverse

    Advice to Management

    none

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Good place for people waiting to retire"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are a person who like to slack off, Adobe is the great to place to work.

    Cons

    If you hate people who slack off, Adobe is not for you.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the number of managers, especially those useless program managers.
    Have more layoffs to remove those incompetent people.
    Develop more new products.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Hard to get in, well worth worth it if you can"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Computer Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Computer Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Although some managers expect more then others, in general the management is very reasonable. Most teams work 9-5 or 10-6 if you prefer. Some teams are over-worked, due to some critical projects, they get reasonably rewarded for it. If you laid off, you will be granted at least a couple of months worth of pay or more, if you worked there longer. You really have to screw up in order to get fired. if you keep slacking off, eventually, they will fire you, but they will give you a chance to improve. People are respectful and intelligent.

    Cons

    There are really not many cons, the interview is challenging, there are some politics. Some projects are less exciting than others, and some unnecessary bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    In the unfortunate event when the company has to lay off employees in order to survive, the senior management really need to interview the front line managers instead of having VPs make these decisions. This can lead to lose of key people and some very tallented employees.

    Get your act together with the cloud software solutions. It is no secret desktop applications are starting to lose ground. The first attempt with ps.com is a way how many may judge the future of Adobe.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Best workplace!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is one of the best companies that I have ever worked with. Overall relaxed and open culture was appealing to me. Pay and benefit program is one the best. Opportunities to learn new technology are plenty. You can meet and work with great people.

    Cons

    Not much room for promotion. Too many layers in management. A few incompetent mid-level managers. Slow and complicated internal processes. Slow to new growth opportunities. Plenty of wasted talents.

    Advice to Management

    Find strategy growth opportunities to ignite innovation and realize the buried talents. Reduce the layers in the management. Some of them don't add any business value to the company.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "One of the best out there, but a few things to improve"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Adobe is home to a ton of extremely smart and hard-working people, many of whom (not surprisingly) are also artistic or musically inclined. It's a real pleasure to work with such a diverse and interesting bunch of colleagues. Work-life balance is taken very seriously at Adobe, so despite the intense workload people have the resources and support to avoid burnout.

    It's fun to work for a company with the level of name recognition that Adobe has, although everyone you know will expect you to teach them how to use Photoshop (even if you work in a completely different BU).

    Job security. Unless you're a complete screwup or in a bad skills-job match, the odds that you will be laid off from Adobe are low. The number of people with 5, 7, or even 10 years of time in at Adobe is high.

    Cons

    The flip side of job security is that turnover at Adobe is quite low and promotions are very hard to come by. The "bench strength" at Adobe is very deep. If you want to move up the ladder, cultivate patience. However, if you're OK with staying at your current level you will have the opportunity to work on different projects and learn new skills.

    One of the more intangible issues at Adobe is the Adobe - Macromedia cultural divide. Even 4 years post-merger, the lines between old and new Adobe are clear to see. Depending on which BU you're working in, Adobe can be either a slow moving, hard to change beast or a fast moving, exciting, more entrepreneurial organization. On an interpersonal level everyone gets along OK, but the differences in how stuff gets done causes issues when trying to work cross-BU.

    The difference between the SF and SJ offices is emblematic of this cultural issue. The SJ office, although very nice, is staid and corporate. The SF office is much more open and comfortable.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the broken internal processes, make it easier for people to communicate, and find more ways to listen to our customers. Fight complacency.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Take a hit now in order to grow the company......."

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, Corporate culture, and many the ability to work with some of the smartest people in the world.

    Cons

    Processes and procedures are very strict. The back-office processes are set up to enable the existing business model to maintain close to 40% operating margins, but is not nimble enough to support new business models.
     in order to achieve the high operating margins budgets are always very tight with not much room to fix things like the back-office infrastructure.

    Advice to Management

    Announce to the street that you will take a slight hit to operating margins as you increase your level of M&A activity and substantially invest in fixing systems and process to allow the company to scale and acquire different business models.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good internship"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Strategy Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Strategy Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Coolest technology for creative people in the world.

    Cons

    Success hides a lot of sin. Adobe is a packaged softwared company...might have a hard time transitioning to the future online. Big big company

    Advice to Management

    Encourage more community.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Adobe is a good place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Computer Scientist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Computer Scientist in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Development schedules are reasonable, projects are interesting, lots of smart co-workers across the company, we have access to resources needed to succeed in our delivering our products. Overall, it's a very nice work environment with a diverse employee population. Management is communicative at all levels, compensation does reflect contribution, and office politics are generally kept to a minimum.

    Cons

    The business side sometimes struggles to properly identify and size new target markets. The company gets sucked into opportunity tangents that are not core to our business or strengths. Business side also seems to struggle with what's trendy (like social networks), vs. what's actually profitable.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time upfront with market sizing and background homework before launching new speculative businesses.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great stable company to work for that attracts strong talent, but advancement can be somewhat slow"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Compared to other software companies in The Valley, Adobe really values a sustainable work/life balance - not just marketing gimmicks to get someone to come work for the company. They also provide a generous PTO allowance, thought in light of the recent economic downturn you will be forced to draw down against that balance during once per quarter mandatory company shutdowns.

    Cons

    Advancement for employees just making their mark in the industry can be rough, as I've found this place like a techies retirement home. Employees are perfectly happy remaining at their current levels, without advancing. However, the company does make it relatively easy to transfer groups to learn a new discipline that might offer that advancement opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is key between staff and senior management. Closed door meetings between senior management is common, and when decisions are ultimately handed down it doesn't appear that the people directly impacted are ever looped in. Being a bit more proactive with communication and the impacts certain decisions have on staff are big, and big points with trust can be earned when this is done.


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