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Corbis Reviews

Updated January 6, 2017
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Pros
  • Work/life balance was excellent (in 19 reviews)

  • Corbis has good benefits and great work-life balance (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • 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 (5)

    "Like walking in the mud"

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

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

    Pros

    Free orca card, laid back, very flexible hours, very easy job overall, good for career stepping stone, co-workers are nice to each other, nice building, clean restroom overall (4 out of 5 days), ping pong table, game room that no 1 hardly ever used

    Cons

    Outdated technology, outdated business model, outdated practices, layoff 2x a year, nothing challenging unless you are in a very senior level, bad rumor everyday, very negative outlook, very hard to stay awake, many useless meetings, not very transparent, managements don't know how to manage, can hardly stay motivated. Basically a slow sinking ship that has no life preserver.

    Advice to Management

    I think you guys need to go back to school and learn how to manage a company properly. Layoff 2x a year is a BAD and shameful practice. Keep changing directions is a BAD practice. Try to update your business model and modernize your practices.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Business Development"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, great content, clean restrooms.

    Cons

    Leadership is meh at best.


  3. "I am having a positive experience."

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


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Company reinvention"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Good place to work in general

    Cons

    Turnover is high, frequent reorgs due to cost cutting efforts to keep the business afloat.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job at fighting the competition.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Just start over."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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

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

    Pros

    Salaries and benefits are great and, from mid management down, some of the best, most dedicated employees and colleagues you will ever find. Great work / life balance! Morale is dismal, though, and declining, as everyone feels the company is on the verge of failing.

    Cons

    The CEO has limited business acumen and hasn't shown an iota of interest in stock photography since he took over this STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY agency. Anyone with integrity on the E-team who challenged him has been pushed out of the company... it all does't make for a rosy future for Corbis.

    Advice to Management

    What are you going to do Bill? You have a phenomenal images collection at Corbis, and many great employees who, over the years, poured their hearts into the company. It pains these individuals to see the company fail. Start over... but this time with a leader who understands the business.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Your success depends on what side of the business you are on"

    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
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The content is something to be proud. The people behind the business, save for upper management, are amazing and are very knowledgable.

    Cons

    They are allowing the images segment of the business to die a slow death. All resources are given to the entertainment side of the business including headcount.

    Advice to Management

    If resources and technology are not given to a decline business segment please do not blame the individuals on those teams. Chalk it up to a business decision and stand by it.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Fine"

    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
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Corbis (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Good employees. Nice offices.

    Cons

    Unfocused direction. Underutilize employee's skills. Not an agile company, and can't figure out how to monetize its vast collection.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Good Starting Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The office is very relax, you can listen to music, pretty much wear whatever you want as long as your work is done and its efficient and hitting target they are pretty laid back.

    Cons

    They fire people left and right and give bad excuses as to why.
    They don't do much to make the employee feel appreciated
    There isnt really room for growth

    Advice to Management

    Make you employees feel appreciated


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Look someplace else"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work with great people

    Cons

    Corbis can't come up with a single original idea but instead spends the little money it does make, or it can get from uncle Bill, on buying out other companies and then destroys the creativity and unique ideas the acquired companies have with bureaucracy. No potential for upward movement and little to no communication from management about the plan moving forward.

    Advice to Management

    Find a better company and save yourself the headache.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Poor Management (or lack thereof)"

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

    Pros

    There are some great people who all work very hard at the lower end of the company. Corbis offers decent benefits package for healthcare and vacation. Some great community/charitable outreach ideas but even these suffer due to ineffective and practical consideration and application.

    Cons

    The company suffers from a middle and upper management infrastructure that is bloated, outdated and archaic on all levels with no clear and concise focus on today, let alone the future. Incredibly limited vision on how to effectively drive revenue/growth in a challenging marketplace. Zero loyalty to lower level staff regardless of long term performance.

    Advice to Management

    EVOLVE. Employ some practical, realistic and forward thinking ideas. Listen and involve staff in direction and policy decisions instead of simply inflicting tired, unrealistic changes and quotas that, in the short term, only serves yourselves and your own self worth rather that benefiting the company as a whole.



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