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Updated June 17, 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 431 reviews)

  • Great benefits and work/life balance (in 194 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Adobe IT"

    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
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Adobe full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Sabbatical every 5 years, ESPP, paid maternity leave, some smart and hard-working worker bees, competitive pay. Free parking in downtown San Jose. free gym onsite. PTO not tracked.

    Cons

    Poor resource management means employees are overworked. Almost yearly re-org/layoffs, which tend to be around holidays. Most IT managers care more about themselves and managing up, than the people that report to them. Lots of IT jobs moving to India. No profit sharing, and not very generous with bonuses. So what exactly do you think is going to keep your employees motivated? Working with users based in the U.S. but developers and BSAs in India means early morning or late night meetings.

    Advice to Management

    If you're a people manager, part of your job is managing your team! Even if you only care about yourself, at least put on a show for your team and pretend to care about them. Stop canceling/rescheduling 1:1's and team meetings and actually share some information with your team!


  2. "Sales Compensation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Lehi, UT
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Lehi, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company with awesome benefits such as employee stock program, great healthcare, full gym that is open 24/7, plenty of activities for employees and families.

    There are great opportunities to develop technical skills and learn about different programs at Adobe.

    Very friendly coworkers with the ability to build a network of people in different career paths.

    Cons

    No opportunity to advance career in Lehi. The managers have no interest in your personal career growth or speaking about potential jobs when asked. Managers are pretty well set in career and concerned their positions and will not help you get promoted. The highest level you can achieve in Sales Compensation is Financial Analyst 3 and you must move to another department or leave the company.

    There is no training and the managers leave all the learning up to you. It is very much a sink or swim environment.

    There is a lot of turnover in the Sales Commissions team and there has been nothing done to address this. Issues have been brought up to higher management but completely ignored.

    Salary is MUCH lower than competitors.

    Bathrooms are overcrowded and there are lines to use the toilet.

    Advice to Management

    Hire new sales commissions managers to foster better morale and stop the constant turnover

  3. "Principal Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Remote, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Remote, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good open company culture. Good benefits

    Cons

    Not enough budget for team building


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good company, not so good on certain Business Units"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Adobe full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I had a great general experience at Adobe for the 5 years I worked there. The company has a clear road map and knows how to get there. I particularly enjoyed the opportunities of giving back to the community that were sponsored by Adobe.
    The values of the company are ingrained in the company, specially in the Creative Side (original Adobe: Photoshop, Flash, Illustrator,etc.) of the company, and little less in the Digital Marketing (ex Omniture) part of the company.
    Big Pro: sabbatical every 5 years (4 paid weeks onthe 5th anniversary, 5 weeks on 10th and on), plus 1 paid week of vacation in July and other one onhte December Holidays, to that Adobe adds 2 extra weeks of vacations.

    Cons

    I personally had a not good experience within the Systems Architect group in the Target division. The expectations where high but not clear; some contradicting guidelines as "all our clients are important, no special treatment" but when something happened to a big client then it was "this is a special client, you have to give priority to it" (and push back on other medium size clients). Also the direct manager stopped sending birthday celebration emails, congratulations for work anniversary, I felt the only point of work was the number of billed hours.
    The surrounding of the 410 Townsend office are a little shady and it is not uncommon to find garbage laying around in the section that is supposed to be a sidewalk. The surroundings of 601 Townsend are great and clean.
    Social interaction at the 410 Townsend office is not good and the building is 3/4 empty on a normal work day with all teh people that work from home.

    Advice to Management

    Direct manager could put more attention to some human details: birthdays, work anniversaries, ask sincerely how people is doing and if there is any aspect of their lives impacting their work. Engage in more social events to try to make 410 Townsend office a more active and social place to work.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Okay Tech company to work for....but there are much better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Whole company shuts down the week of Christmas & New Year's and again the week of July 4th. Makes it much easier to unplug and come back without a tsunami of emails, etc.

    - Work life balance is decent for a tech company.

    - Sabbatical program for employees who have worked there for 5 years (one month off paid).

    - Adobe is very open to people working remotely and a lot of people do.

    Cons

    - Lack of job security: Adobe is known for having layoffs on an almost annual basis. People start getting nervous about their jobs come evert January. You're unlikely to see it coming.

    - Benefits aren't on par with other tech companies such as Google, Facebook or even newer companies like AirBnB.

    - Summer & Christmas shutdowns put pressure on people to not take vacations outside of those two scheduled weeks.

    Advice to Management

    Put more emphasis on developing a consistent culture across the company. For the most part people seem to be treated well, but there are pockets where that is not the case and senior management either isn't aware or turns a blind eye.


  6. "A good company to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    A good company to work for,

    - Exposure to cutting edge technology
    - Good work culture

    Cons

    Currently happy with everything in this company.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Great in some teams and departments, not so in all teams..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great, and colleagues are also wonderful people.
    Many company meetings for executives to communicate to everyone at once.
    There are many remote workers that displays how Adobe tries to treat people well.

    Cons

    Some people/functions/roles work crazy hours like 80hrs/week, so we dunno if the work/life balance was really well concerned. It's like you can enjoy life by risking reputations.
    The company is constantly buying small companies, outsourcing jobs to other countries, and reorganizing teams, so veterans fear layoffs. Even great hard workers are let go while butt-munchers are hanging out.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Enterprise Sales"

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

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

    Pros

    Like the Cheers theme song..."where everybody knows your name"...Adobe is a clear leader in both the creative and marketing technology spaces so there are few challenges in getting meetings. The Marketing Cloud platform truly does it all for the most advanced and deep-pocketed digital Marketers. Large Company health benefits, expense accounts, and the events put together and attended are top-notch.

    Cons

    Lots of turnover and unhappy clients as a result of the turnover. So many levels of management that the amount of pressure put on the sales teams is absurd and every level of success and goal accomplished will be replaced by an even larger one. Getting contracts completed in a timely fashion tended to be a challenge. Salesforce is a mess due to so many acquisitions and not a lot of clean-up.

    Advice to Management

    When there is a manager of the manager of your manager and still a level of executives above all of them, perhaps that is too many levels of management? I often heard that remote reps felt alone despite the enormity of the company so more efforts to make the teams feel coherent and part of the larger picture might result in less turnover.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "So much potential"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Adobe full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits. Good strategic direction. Great products.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership - especially at middle to operations levels - is a concern. Many people in influential positions lack management & communication skills and accountability. Company values sound great on paper but are not lived. Work-life balance has deteriorated in recent years. Slow. Good people let go and weak ones left making it so many people fear being laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Need to find a way to strike a balance between old, labor-intensive annual review process and the new, entirely subjective process. Need accountability for management not only on delivering projects but also for managing their teams. Encourage work-life balance and taking PTO to recharge and disconnect.


  10. "Good place to work in SF."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Adobe (More than a year)

    Pros

    - great people
    - lots of innovation

    Cons

    - large company
    - little job growth

    Advice to Management

    Better professional development plan.


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