Adobe Reviews

Updated 11 Jul 2020

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4.1
80%
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Adobe President and CEO Shantanu Narayen
Shantanu Narayen
2,600 Ratings
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  1. "Senior Account Exec"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great company and looks after empoyees

    Cons

    working on business model with recent change

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  2. "Love it at Adobe"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Consultant in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Adobe full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Amazing products, culture, genuine and caring people, autonomy and a lot of freedom for sane minds.

    Cons

    Sales office are a bit disconnected, but i'd blame timezones and lack of initiative from me equally, bit overstaffed and hence local office political. However, looking at other offices, politics is significantly less.

  3. "Super place to work"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Sales in Melbourne

    I have been working at Adobe full-time

    Pros

    Colleagues, culture, CEO, brand value, benefits, access to learning, flexibility, respect

    Cons

    Pace of work, heavily centred to Sydney

  4. COVID-19
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    "Adobe Marketing is no longer a great place to work"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Adobe full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Central Sydney city location Flexible work environment Diversity of employees

    Cons

    Things started going rapidly downhill about 18 months ago. If you have taken the time to apply for an advertised role do not hold your breath – there is a hiring freeze in place – which no one is allowed to talk about. When that is lifted, whatever you do, DO NOT take a contract role even if you are told ‘we hire everyone like this. You do 1 year and then convert to full time’. I have seen 1 role converted in the last 3 years. Poor morale and care of people: a. 2 senior leaders and celebrated marketers DEMOTED whilst on MATERNITY LEAVE and upon return effectively being ghosted. b. The rise of cronyism – more examples than I can count of unadvertised roles being filled with semi or incompetent ‘yes’ people ‘connected’ to someone on the LT. c. Starting to quietly let go much of the contract staff during the pandemic shutdown, despite telling the market we are supporting all of our staff from hourly workers to Full Time Employees. It is mainly the mid level managers being asked to have the conversations and none of us have line of sight to the total number being let go. We know it will be virtually impossible for these loved and competent people to find another role in this economic environment. d. LT firmly believe and do articulate that 'everyone is replaceable'. Zero leadership in APAC or medium/long term strategy. The leadership team spend their time looking at the business with, at best, a 15week horizon. They have no understanding of the actual sales cycles or which marketing levers impact the pipeline and revenue numbers – let alone how the ‘workers’ actually activate those levers. The LT do not understand what we sell or even the product variations between countries. Makes for some interesting decisions. And worse they are not interested in the advice of the broader, very experienced employee base. They encourage data illiteracy in new hires, discourage numbers based conversations and information sharing – in fact they now discourage any discussion about marketing strategy, activity or investment options at all. If you are not on the LT your ideas or opinion no longer count and the bulk of us now just do what we are told, when we are told, how we are told. People create and innovate almost in hiding and share only once they have got some results - leading to duplication of effort and increased silos. Lack of customer focus. We’ve removed anyone in marketing that actively supports ‘customers’. And we wonder why we have a retention issue.

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    "Big gap between 'the promise' and reality"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Sales in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Adobe full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Strong brand, great creative cloud solutions

    Cons

    Immaturity in digital experience cloud, lack of ability to execute strategic B2B

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    "A toxic culture (and people) taking over the Asia-Pacific marketing team"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Marketing in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Adobe is a fantastic brand well regarded within its customer base and offers well-known market-leading products (at least on the creative side of the business). The Sydney office is gorgeous, on the top floors of a large business complex overlooking Darling Harbour with handy facilities and great food options nearby. The company provides competitive compensation with great benefits such as paid private health insurance, gym subsidies, an attractive employee share purchase program, donation matching for charity and generous education subsidies. The company is fast growing and a great employer to have on your CV.

    Cons

    Behind the facade of a well-regarded brand and the “best places to work” awards lurks a dysfunctional Asia-Pacific marketing organisation whose incapacity to look beyond short-term results and some unfortunate hiring decisions has resulted in the erosion of its culture and a sharp increase in employee attrition. New leadership, coming from other large players in the IT industry with a reputation for cut-throat and backstabbing behaviour, has brought their fellow managers with them, along with the culture that goes with it. Roles and responsibilities for team members have been curtailed to very specific and measurable KPIs, turning the art and science of marketing within a company famed for its creativity into an exercise of bean counting. This siloing of responsibilities has also greatly reduced communication and collaboration within team members, further hitting morale within the organisation. In this environment, ruthless and politically-astute players gifted at “managing up” have been able to thrive, at the expense of managers fostering well-functioning and high-performing teams. Marketing leadership for the flagship creative business is located in far Singapore and seems only interested in furthering its own career advancement at the expense of anything (and anyone) else. The powers that be and HR seem to be blind (or indifferent) to the trail of destruction and serial resignations induced by these people.

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    "Best place to work... I think not!"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Sales in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Adobe full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great brand, some great people working there. Fantastic customers and products.

    Cons

    Toxic sales culture, short term strategy, treat good people like children, leadership merry go round

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  8. "Great benefits but back dated systems"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Partner Program in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and employee programs

    Cons

    Back dated systems that are not integrated

  9. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid working in the marketing team"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Adobe full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great products, great customers and awesome city office location.

    Cons

    There is a toxic marketing leadership on both sides of the business. If you're not in the clique of ex- dell , you won't succeed. Also they'll find a way to 'manage you out' if they don't like you.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "For the Marketo ANZ Business Unit - great product, immature sales leadership"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Sales in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Adobe full-time

    Pros

    Strong product when in the right deals, really strong Customer Success and Solution Consulting teams. Generally fun place and good people when things are going well. Adobe as a broader business seems like a great place to work.

    Cons

    Immature Sales Leadership in the Marketo division; resulting in micromanagement, blatant favouritism, people and teams getting yelled at. No Ent Sales Rep has come close to their target in at least 2 years so buyer beware if you are going for an Ent Sales role here.

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