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Corbis Reviews

Updated July 4, 2017
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  • of the decisions made by upper management in regards to their direction of the company (in 19 reviews)

  • Indecisiveness, lack of follow-through, lay-offs (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "R.I.P. Corbis"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great group of people working to create an amazing collection of images.

    Cons

    Management's focus on product placement and music licensing at the expense of the success of the company as a whole.


  2. "Database Administrator"

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    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Corbis (More than a year)

    Pros

    Laid back, easy tech job

    Cons

    C-Level management doesn't really have any direction for the company. The business model seems to be in a long term decline.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a growth model. Corbis Images is dying slowly every year.

  3. "I am having a positive experience."

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    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have been here for over 5+ years and I have only moved up. Consistently offered opportunities for growth, to make more money and work on interesting projects. Corbis provides an atmosphere and culture to be creative and problem solve to meet the challenges of the marketplace and are rewarded for your efforts.

    Cons

    At times the change of management and the dynamic of the internal org can feel challenging, in addition to the challenges of the competition in the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Build the brand to be a solid place, and invest in marketing for the brand.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Happy I am here!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Corbis full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, small/mid size company provides lots of opportunities to make a big impact and lots of opportunity to learn and have personal growth. My manager gives me autonomy and support to make the decisions I need to make. Excellent work life balance. Fun events like ice cream socials, world cup games played on big screens etc.

    Cons

    Compensation is average to above average but there is real value in the work-life balance and work opportunities and benefits that help close that gap

    Advice to Management

    Continue the commitment to be transparent


  5. "Getting Better"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Corbis full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    New management team in IT is helping the business build a true center of expertise around technology. Individual contributors are being recognized.

    Cons

    Tightly coupled historical base of systems makes it difficult to upgrade technology base. Salaries are average. No equity or options.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Corbis is turning the corner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are the biggest pro. The people here are great.
    Challenging and fun products/projects
    Flexible Hours
    New CTO knows what he is doing and is already making an impact
    Leveraging new tools/software, especially in the open source community

    Cons

    Compensation is not up to par
    Hard to get raises

    Advice to Management

    None, I like the direction the company is heading


  7. "Great work environment"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great perks and company moral

    Cons

    internal promotions are limited and rarely done

    Advice to Management

    promote internally

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great Creative people (Join) - Weak IT Management (Leave)"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bill Gates Company
    Good Salary and Benefits
    Good Work Life Balance
    Excellent images and imagery - great for creative people to join the company

    Cons

    High Turnover in the company
    No Vision and constantly changing direction
    IT executives are very junior, no real world complex system experience - no motivation for smart people to join IT group
    Takes too long to do small things
    Too many rumors of people and their personal behaviors/relationships.
    Execs are hard to find - all on vacation or work from home every other week or travel for vacation or business together

    Advice to Management

    Keep the creative team add more talent. Listen to them not to sales people.
    Bring new strong IT executives with relevant experience. Change or move current IT execs to different role. (see other posts on glassdoor). Ra Ra can only carry you so far.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Very Creative Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Photo Editor in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Photo Editor in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Corbis is filled with fun, creative people. Almost everybody has some type of creative background, and the company mission allows you to apply creativity and make a career out of it. It is incredible to work with the best images in the world, which the company represents. The company pays well and has above-average salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Things change a lot because the industry that Corbis is in has gone through a lot of change. It is frustrating to work very hard on a project and then see the company go off into a different direction.

    Advice to Management

    Stay patient, allow the great people to do the job, and it will eventually pay off.


  10. "Good Company, Tough Industry"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great product -- some of the world's best images
    Good compensation (if you make sales targets)
    Decent benefits
    Tends to attract creative, interesting people

    Cons

    I was in the LA office -- there was some downsizing and the office didn't have the exciting vibe of some of the bigger offices. It felt like it was on the side a bit.
    The stock photography industry is in decline. Made it harder to make targets (and money) each year.

    Advice to Management

    Look for opportunities outside photography.
    Don't forget the LA office -- lots of good people there. You are too Seattle-centric there. You need to be more about LA or NY if you want to be a more recognized media company.


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