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Updated March 16, 2017
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  • of the decisions made by upper management in regards to their direction of the company (in 19 reviews)

  • On-going threat of job loss as the senior management has tried to cut their way to success (unsuccessfully as it happens) (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Good while it lasted.."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Senior Production Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Production Coordinator in New York, NY

    I worked at Corbis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Full benefits, 401K, Medical, Dental. 4 weeks vacation for senior employees + 4 extra days off (floating holidays) per year.

    Cons

    Company no longer exists, was acquired by Visual China Group who now distributes the stills/footage library through Getty Images.

    Advice to Management

    I wish the powers that be would have scaled down on other business opportunities and focused on the core stills/motion business. We accomplished a lot with a small amount of people.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not sad to see them go."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There wasn't anyone that you really disliked

    Cons

    in 26 years Corbis was never a company that showed a profit, and depended on others to keep them afloat. When they were not showing a profit the solution was to replace people, primarily upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Don't make the same mistake going forward. Replacing people may be appropriate but make sure the people you replace are the right ones.


  3. "Great Content and People"

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    Former Employee - Senior Editor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Corbis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues were the best part of this job. A very talented bunch of image professionals. Top of class photography. Good benefits. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Office culture was not cultivated. Management keep cutting costs to improve bottom line. Talent drain due to frequent change of direction.

    Advice to Management

    Have more faith in the content and the people who grew the company. Don't give up.


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  5. "Corbis"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Working with many of the staff there was the most enjoyable aspect of the job during the 9 years I was there.

    Cons

    I (and many others there) disagreed with many (most?) of the decisions made by upper management in regards to their direction of the company. Nonetheless, we supported their choices once they were made.

    Advice to Management

    Although company has changed (Images group has been sold) the senior management still exists and needs to recognize their strengths and weaknesses.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sad to See Such Potential Wasted"

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    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the best people I've ever known were those I worked with at Corbis. And once you whittle away the chaff of lesser imagery, Corbis also represented some of the most compelling and memorable photography in the world.

    Cons

    Senior Management outside of this office had an uncanny knack for mismanagement. There seemed to be little understanding of image licensing and the industry sectors that utilized our services. Whether it was willful ignorance or abject obtuseness, it is frankly astonishing how those most chiefly responsible for the company's downfall survived while hundreds lost their jobs across multiple continents. Shameful.

    Advice to Management

    Apparently, so far you've disproven the concept of karma. Hopefully you've learned something from what has happened over the past several years, though by looking at the new company's website (and a certain bio) -- that does not appear to be the case so far.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "so long"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    there were a lot of great people, a lot of great ideas. benefits were good and there were attempts at keeping morale up.

    Cons

    there never was the right mix of keeping things moving incrementally with the need to also do big things. now part of getty


  8. "Incompetent CEO or Lay-Offs Are NOT a Long Term Strategy!"

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    Former Employee - Wouldn't You Like to Know in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Wouldn't You Like to Know in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Regular employees were great
    - Environment was relaxed ,could work from home

    Cons

    - Middle to Upper Management was terrible
    - CEO was completely incompetent, feckless and had no discernible vision- CEO was a complete idiot.
    - Company focus and direction changed every 6 months
    - Constant regular layoffs, instead of a real strategy and direction, which gradually over the years eroded all morale and enthusiasm anyone had for the company
    - They thought company social gatherings would offset the obliteration of morale caused by the idiotic choice to have constant layoffs...it did not
    - Regular laying off senior people so they can keep less-experienced people with lower salaries...which of course hurt the efficiency of the company as you were left with a less experienced staff (DUH!)
    - Ageism (see the above item)
    - A requirement for all management seemed to be the ability to make the worst decisions possible
    - CEO retained position due to white male privilege despite years and years of complete failure and incompetence while regular workers were regularly laid off for doing great work

    Advice to Management

    Well...Garey Shenk ran the company into the ground and now it's been sold..
    Only two items of advice
    1) STICK WITH DAMNED STRATEGY FOR MORE THAN 5 MINUTES
    2) LAYOFFS ARE NOT A VIABLE LONG-TERM STRATEGY FOR SUCCESS! ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU CUT ALL THE EXPERIENCED PEOPLE!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "great while it lasted"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    some of the greatest most hard-working people Ive come across

    Cons

    n/a since they were recently bought by Getty


  10. "Business Development Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Manager Business Development in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager Business Development in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay
    Co-workers were great but exhausted. The company had been through a few layoffs and it was beginning to take its toll on the employees.

    Cons

    The stock images business was doomed to fail at the moment the company first decided to not invest in the website.

    Advice to Management

    You sold the company so...No advice from me.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "AE"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Corbis full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great family atmosphere. Loved my coworkers and clients. Exciting industry to be part of.

    Cons

    Too many layoffs and different directions. The company needs to maintain one business plan and stick to it.



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