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Updated January 6, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Not sad to see them go."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Images side sold to VCG"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Corbis (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people I worked with were pretty great. The photographers/contributors were of high caliber, and we lost a lot of them because they were sadly not treated very well at the hands of upper management. The people in the trenches had a passion for photography and really tried so hard to make the business work. Unfortunately.....

    Cons

    I don't think the CEO was ever really that interested in the images side of the business, and so slowly starved it of any real funding and support to make a positive difference in being able to sell and grow the images side of the business. Poor economy and changing times is an excuse for only so long, as evidenced by other agencies doing a lot better job of selling images even today. Since selling off Corbis Images to VCG, the CEO has closed the Seattle office entirely and moved everything to LA, the Entertainment Capital of the World, to focus on Entertainment offerings, which I think is what he wanted all along. Sadly he accomplished his goal at the expense of a lot of people's jobs. Such is life, I suppose.

    Advice to Management

    None. The damage is done. Hopefully the Entertainment side will be able to carry on. I'd hate to see any more people lose their jobs.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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!


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  5. "Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Corbis full-time

    Pros

    Colleagues - co-workers were amazing people; Flexibility; Great work/life balance

    Cons

    Company lacked direction; morale was very low due to constant layoffs; office location

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people that actually do the work for the company - many of them are brilliant and underutilized. The company has been sold, so really there is nothing I can say to help.management.


  6. "Business Development Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "It's over"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people
    Great work/life balance
    Transit pass

    Cons

    Low salary
    No idea what it wanted to be


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Churn is the norm..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Cool tech and projects along with a few smart people...

    Cons

    Unbelievable churn...4 bosses 10 months...everyone is gone now...

    Advice to Management

    Change in leadership, or just admit you are only in business to store Bill's goods.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Opaque, reactionary and siloed leadership"

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

    I worked at Corbis full-time

    Pros

    • Just like others have stated, the people in the trenches are some of the most passionate, intelligent and nice folks I've ever worked with.
    • Benefits are decent.
    • A good work/life balance is the company's strong point.
    • Flat organizational structure...should be a pro, but.....

    Cons

    • No transparency with regard to why certain business decisions made by executives.
    • Clear lack of focus or the desire to stick with a strategy longer than 6 months.
    • Reactionary....see lack of focus above. Executive leadership seems to be impatient or just gets distracted by the next shiny, new thing.
    • A lot of lip service is paid constantly about how things are changing and this time it's different. But the pattern of strategy change, layoffs and rebuilding persist.
    • Executives silo themselves with little to no insight into what the rest of the company is trying to do...it's not a large company with a flat organizational structure yet very few employees ever meet...let alone see...the execs.
    • Those who've managed to stay with the company for many years are resistant to change or the idea of trying something new. If the old ways were so great...then why does nothing ever get better?

    Advice to Management

    • Get out of your offices. Show your faces once and a while.
    • Pay attention to and engage with your employees in the trenches. They know what is happening and the best actions to take.
    • Land on a strategy and stick to it....for a year to 18 months...at least enough time for it to come to fruition and allow customers to clock the changes. If it doesn't work then....fine try something different.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Constantly changing focus / no vision"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 8 years)

    Pros

    Talented people with great ideas, strategies, ideas, years in the industry
    Wonderfully rich content to work with -- photographic history and premium stock
    Supportive company culture among non-management workers

    Cons

    I share the thoughts of other, former Corbis employees in abhorring the irresponsible actions of senior management, including the CEO, who have consistently and deliberately starved the core business of the company (image licensing) in favor of newly acquired companies in the fields of brand marketing and PR, which have not performed as promised. The 2x/year layoffs have had the effect of making it impossible to service the market sectors that the company was created to serve: publishing/media/advertising/corporate. This deliberate "orchestrated failure" by mgmt has led to the now-inevitable brink of closure. It's a shame what was done to a formerly brilliant, rich and capable company of talented employees.

    Advice to Management

    It's too late for advice. You have deliberately done the damage you intended. Have fun with your new Corbis. 2.0 -- whatever you want it to be.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Corbis is the best!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1: Close to Collins, which has a nice tap selection.
    2: They paid me money.
    3: Lots of empty desk space.

    Cons

    No direction, most projects are never finished/deployed. CEO is clueless. Layoffs are common. Too many more to list but I"m sure you get the point.

    Advice to Management

    Just sit back and wait for your severance package.



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