Adobe Reviews

Updated 29 August 2014
Updated 29 August 2014
1,060 Reviews

3.9
1,060 Reviews
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Adobe President and CEO Shantanu Narayen
Shantanu Narayen
755 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Company offers great benefits; flexible time-off policy; decent work-life balance (in 133 reviews)

  • Good gym, great benefits, overall more positive experiences than bad ones (in 79 reviews)


Cons
  • work-life balance; the pressure comes from the top and it's hard to resist giving in (in 23 reviews)

  • senior management do not communicate well with employees of all levels (in 37 reviews)

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  1.  

    Overall great company if you can survive the layoffs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Adobe full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, free snacks and drinks, cafeteria, lots of morale boosting events, great co-workers, good work/life balance, sabbatical every 5 years.

    Cons

    Layoffs almost every year that I worked there, slow moving, bureaucratic, and shifting focuses at the drop of a hat.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to improve skills as a software intern

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Bucharest (Romania)
    Former Employee - Intern in Bucharest (Romania)

    I worked at Adobe as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    high coding standards, nice atmosphere and relaxation facilities within the office building, flexible working program - could go to college classes if there was need to

    Cons

    none I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none I can think of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company, departmental deficiencies.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Lehi, UT (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Lehi, UT (US)

    I have been working at Adobe full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Employee Stock Purchase Program.
    Stocked break rooms with some free food.
    Activities/Pro bono/Corporate Events.
    Software Purchase Program.
    Health/Wellness Benefit.
    Gym, Basketball Court indoor and outdoor.
    Cafe is mostly decent for lunch (reasonably priced).

    Cons

    Difficult to move up. Mismanagement and disincentive to go above and beyond for your job. You don't move up unless someone leaves, and even then that is no guarantee because someone could be hired in from the outside above you.
    Feedback given is often ignored.
    Shares/incentives kept at higher levels - not much trickle down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shantanu is great, as is most of the senior staff. They have embraced the Cloud.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Pretty good company, but net talent loss

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Adobe full-time

    Pros

    Compensation is pretty competitive and the benefits are pretty good. The company truly cares about being a responsible member of the community in its green initiatives and volunteering opportunities. The Digital Publishing side of the business makes some very good, industry leading software.

    Cons

    Hiring managers are not given the tools to be competitive in finding and retaining the best talent. Some business units have basically given up on hiring locally in SF and fill positions almost exclusively in India.

    Some highly visible mistakes have been made by senior leadership with no one held accountable. This culture of unaccountability permeates down.

    It seems to be a complacent employee base made up mostly of nine to fivers waiting to retire, with no real motivation to move the needle. They are more than happy to let the truly talented minority carry them and the company on their back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    The company culture is changing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Adobe full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Cool products;
    Shorter release cycles;
    A lot of innovations;
    Awesome coworkers;
    Overall good benefit

    Cons

    The company's culture is changing, less interest in re-investing in the current employees;
    Frequent layoffs;
    Many teams actually work at a unssutainable pace

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Believe in your employees, give them chances to re-invest themselves instead of jsut laying them off, re-state the work-life balance from the upper management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Account Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Adobe full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work environment with excellent teams. WOrk like balance is great with plenty of opportunity for growth within the company

    Cons

    Great company, no cons to date

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great culture

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    Former Employee - Senior Director  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA (US)

    I worked at Adobe full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Adobe has a great ethical culture of delivering mind blowing products while preserving a great balance of life and work. This derives from the founders, Chuck and John, and has been preserved because of their active involvement on the Board and because so many key contributors to this culture Adobe have stayed and not chased other opportunities. . The brand is very powerful worldwide and the pay and benefits are outstanding.

    Cons

    It is inevitable that a culture that does such a great job of preserving work-life balance will have pockets of operations where the pressure to deliver is very intense (sales, radical updates to products such as making it all cloud based). Also, the Omniture acquisition brought in a lot of people who were in the mold of their former CEO Josh James who was selfish and self-promoting and the antithesis of Chuck and John. They are very political and a continuing risk to Adobe's culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every so often, the company has a RIF and a lot of the deadwood is cut away. But a lot of it remains. Management needs to do better at identifying poor managers and executives in a much more timely way and hold them accountable to improve or let them go.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Computer Vision  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Computer Vision in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at Adobe as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Working on great products that have millions of users; Working with brilliant people

    Cons

    Food is not free and not good...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the food free!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fair deal

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    Former Employee - Engagement Manager
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager

    I worked at Adobe full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    fair compensation model, good office culture

    Cons

    frequent changes of direction, Europena impact on global model very limited

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ECommerce Strategy Manager  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - ECommerce Strategy Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Adobe full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent compensation, work-life balance, and culture.

    Cons

    Things tend to move slowly, at a risk adverse pace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce overlap across the various business units

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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