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Corbis Reviews

Updated August 2, 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. Helpful (2)

    "OK Company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Technology Administrator
    Current Employee - Information Technology Administrator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere. No micromanagement. Pays for public transportation.

    Cons

    Company is in a state of flux. Constant layoffs and reorganizations.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Constantly changing focus / no vision"

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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 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.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "If you like a 'laugh out loud' comedy, work here."

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Paycheck, working with talented and passionate peers.

    Cons

    Signing the contract. Working with talented, visionaries who keep getting kicked in the ribs at every turn. What a waste of everyone's time. Lack of any direction, completely reactionary. Don't buy anything or get comfortable with life! Save your clams for the looming layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Run. Obviously the CEO doesn't care about you whilst has Mr. Gates under a spell.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Corbis is the best!"

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    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.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Don't work here! Dear god."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Corbis (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great images and content.

    Cons

    No clear vision. Every employee is expendable.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Like walking in the mud"

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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 (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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Business Development"

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    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.

  8. "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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Company reinvention"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Just start over."

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    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.


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