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  • no work from home policy for lower level manager (in 34 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Good company, dead weight hanging around the middle"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in San Jose, PR
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in San Jose, PR
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    vacation benefits, employee product discount, ESPP program

    Cons

    politics are rampant, carrots are dangled to get people to take on work outside their job scope but promises are never fulfilled after work is done, inconsistent management, middle management make decisions based on what benefits their own careers instead of what benefits the business

    Advice to Management

    fire half of your middle management. Put policies in place to make reviews less subjective so that it's easier to see who is really making positive contributions to the company and who are hanging on because they kiss butt well.


  2. "Adobe can be a good place to work but less chances of moving up."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software QA Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software QA Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Adobe has best people and teams. Its a fun environment and you can work on cutting edge products and technologies. Its located in the heart of San francisco and the caltrain station is very close by. Adobe also has shuttle if you take Bart to other areas of bay area. Adobe also provides commuter checks to share some of your commuting costs.

    Cons

    Since its a large company its difficult to be noticible by higher management. There are less chances of getting promoted. Salary is much less than any other company of similar size. Actually salary is less than the company of smaller size than Adobe.

    Advice to Management

    Identify the winner in your teams. Give them good compensation. Let them move to different teams if they want to.


  3. "Good place to work."

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

    Pros

    Lot of innovations in diffirent areas. Experienced engineers ready to share their knowledge. Good career oportunities, comfortable and friendly environment, personal offices for engineers, Supportive HR and facilities, well-designed intranet with easy access to all forms and documents. Company-wide wiki. 24 days PTO, quarterly paid profit share, ESPP, big discoubts for Adobe Software, lot of partner programs. Excellent fitness center and very good Cafe and Bistro.

    Cons

    Well, it's a huge company. You will spend a lot of time to understand what other groups are working on. Sometimes you realize that other group are working on the same stuff as you.

    Advice to Management

    More trainings for newcomers.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "A fantastic, trail blazing company."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    A fantastic, trail blazing company. Great to be around some wonderful people who are endlessly pushing the boundaries. Adobe makes a real effort for their employees in terms of fast integration, competitive salary and a great overall package. A great working environment too and a wonderfully collaborative atmsophere. I've only been with Adobe for a few months now, but I really feel that there is an enormous potential for me and a real buzz in participating in driving the company forward. Adobe has a great personality... agile, quick thinking, innovative

    Cons

    Nothing. Not an iota. Absolutely loving it. Only been here a few months, so I don't have the gripes that someone with more Adobe baggage might have. However, have spoken to colleagues who have been around much longer and they all seem perfectly happy.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the investment in innovation and thought leadership, especially during the upcoming economic downturn.


  6. "Adobe is an exciting and creative place to work on fantastic products."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Adobe seems to really care about the satisfaction and growth of the employees. They go out of their way to make sure that we're happy and that we take part in our own career advancement.

    Cons

    Sometimes it's hard to initiate change at a company where the employees have been in the same job for a long time. There are products that are stuck in their ways and others that are new and dynamic - they difficult part is getting into the product group that fits your goals.

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to initiate change or support those who'd like to improve the processes we use to develop products.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Adobe is a pretty good place, with great people and products."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart People, creative products, good environment, track record of success. Very high pay, profit sharing, benefits.

    Cons

    Relative to a start up, process heavy and slow. Culture is much to focused on job levels and titles.

    Advice to Management

    Make hard decisions faster. Take more risks. Can't coast on CS and Acrobat forever. Good job on Macromedia, Scene 7, Buzzword acquisitions.


  8. "I'm a happy camper."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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

    Good salary & benefits, intelligent co-workers who are passionate about the products they work on, and being associated with some of the best products in the business. I know that sounds like I've drunk the kool-aid, but I truly believe our products kick ass and that the roadmap we've got is a solid one.

    The SF office had a convenient location, a decent cafeteria, and is very commuter-friendly, with shuttle buses running from both CalTrain and BART stations.

    Plus, it's a nice ego boost to work for a company that everyone, even folks outside the tech business, has heard of.

    Cons

    The usual problem of a large corporation -- it takes a long time and a LOT of meetings to get things to happen. And with employees spread out all over the place, you spend far too much of your time doing email and phone conferences rather than talking face-to-face. Also, some deadwood; Adobe does not like to fire people so bad hires tend to get shuffled around rather than simply axed.

    The SF office, although nicely furnished, is a cube farm and the noise and lack of privacy can be distracting. On the other hand, the SJ office, where everyone has an office, is like a tomb.

    Advice to Management

    Find more ways to streamline processes.


  9. "Adobe is very underrated and under-appreciated, don't pass up an opportunity to work here."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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

    As an engineer this is perhaps the best place I have ever worked for. I have worked for a lot of companies but they were either too hard on me or I had nothing interesting to work on. At Adobe if you prove that you are good, you get to work on some neat things and it is nice to know that the products Adobe makes, are well respected and in most cases the best out there.
    And things like telecommute option, benefits, compensation, ton of paid vacation, great work environment helps a little :)

    Cons

    Not much ... we have free beverages, espresso machines but no free lunch!!! But I head San Jose folks get free dinner if they stay till 7 PM.
    Seriously, I am very happy here.

    Advice to Management

    Typical corporation things where the upper level management sometimes does not act quickly with the bureaucracy involved. But, this happens 'sometimes' and most of the times they make the right decisions.


  10. "It's a great place to work if you like the product you're working on."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Open communication, good benefits, management actually seems to care. Less politics than at other big companies. There seems to be a lot of flexibility as to working style, schedule, participation. The company has a lot of growth opportunities and takes change seriously. The focus of almost everyone is on winning by creating more value for customers, and not so much on protecting existing franchises or killing competitors.

    Cons

    Projects get canceled for reasons that don't seem clear. The "consensus" approach to decision making means way too many meetings. It's a pretty closed world; many groups don't have a lot of opportunity to explore the latest trends in software. Lots of groups have legacy code, and backward compatibility slows progress.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of communicating decisions effectively.


  11. "Best kept secret in Sillicon Valley"

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

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance and very cool products!

    Cons

    Bureaucratic processes and inefficient systems

    Advice to Management

    More communication across business units about related products and overlapping efforts.