Adobe
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www.adobe.com San Jose, CA 5000+ Employees

Adobe Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.7 935 reviews

                             

70% Approve of the CEO

Adobe President and CEO Shantanu Narayen

Shantanu Narayen

(665 ratings)

83% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Normally a good work-life balance and friendly direct manager and good people to work with"
    in 115 reviews
  • "great benefits, great work life balance, work from home opportunities, global team"
    in 72 reviews
Cons:
  • "For some teams, not-so-great work life balance"
    in 20 reviews
  • "senior management do not communicate well with employees of all levels"
    in 37 reviews
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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Adobe full-time

Prosadobe provide a very good evironment and cna learn a lot of techs

Constoo quick change happend in project and product

Advice to Senior Managementdo not push engineer to do some no use task

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Worse sales/ customer service environment- they just don't care

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsGood salary
At the forefront of innovation
Good place for technical and marketing people

ConsAvoid at any cost if looking for sales or customer service position, they just don't care about the customers
A culture of hit and run where the only thing that counts is revenues

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work, but probably not for much longer

Business Systems Analyst (Former Employee)
Vancouver, BC

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

ProsGreat compensation and benefits, and the perks (free drinks, fruit and snacks provided in lunchroom) are unlike any I have seen before. Great co-workers - helpful and supportive.

ConsI think that in a few years, Adobe will almost cease to exist (in Canada, at least) because of outsourcing to India.

Advice to Senior ManagementMaybe you should think of where all the revenue came in the beginning with Adobe, the profits that have allowed you to expand worldwide. It is unfortunate that North American employees are beginning to be regarded as a liability to the company.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Talk a good game when it comes to company culture, but the bottom line is all that matters...

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsFantastic people on the front lines - very talented and very dedicated. I have never worked in a company where so many people worked so hard and were so supportive of each other.

ConsHad a great culture, great benefits and compensation, but watch out North America - your days as Adobe employees are probably numbered. For a company making over a billion dollars a quarter, it seems amazing that they still feel they have to outsource jobs to India. Pure corporate greed.

Advice to Senior ManagementThis is directed to the people at the very top of the org chart. Remember where your business was built and have some loyalty to the people who put you where you are today, in the position where you are able to expand internationally.

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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on your toes

CRM Analyst (Former Employee)
Ottawa, ON

I worked at Adobe as a contractor for less than a year

Prosit is difficult to think of pros , i believe the people i worked with were very kind and i believe that if you are a permanent employee the the list of pro are a lot larger

Conscoming in as a contractor i feel like no matter how hard i work the chance of me advancing is non existent. the quality of my work can be exceptional but it doesnt matter, getting a permanent felt impossible

Advice to Senior Managementtreat contractors and permanent employees equally

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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One of the best comapnies to work for

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Adobe

ProsBest company to work for.

ConsNo cons. None to specify.

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Stable, profit-focused software company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Adobe full-time for more than 10 years

Prosexcellent salary, bonus and benefits
profitable company
managed with honesty and integrity

Consrisk averse management
cumbersome processes can stifle innovation
some groups are very hierarchical

Advice to Senior Managementempower managers and directors more

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good company, but still operates as a "valley company" and entirely focused on operating in Pacific Time Zone

Engineering Manager (Current Employee)
Ottawa, ON

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

Pros-Excellent Compensation, Leave, Benefits packages
-Exciting projects, strong focus on employee development and training
-Positive brand messaging

Cons-Limited opportunities for career growth outside of core offices (San Jose, San Francisco, Seattle, Utah, India)
-Frequent re-orgs to align with new "strategy", typically timed with employee lay offs or RIF
-Salary increases are small, so do a good job negotiating starting salary

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A great place to work and gain experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Adobe for more than a year

ProsGood benefits
You can buy into the employee stock sharing program.

Consvacation time must be taken as vacation time.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Many positive attributes, but...

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Ottawa, ON

I worked at Adobe full-time for more than 8 years

ProsStrong emphasis on employee development. Management training program ensures consistent management style across the company. Well developed infrastructure for product development teams. The culture of charitable support and community involvement is very commendable.

ConsAdobe is fundamentally a shrink wrapped software company. They have struggled to become an enterprise software company and keep changing the enterprise strategy without understanding why the previous strategy was not working. This makes working on enterprise products at Adobe a frustrating experience.

Adobe pays it's employees extremely well. Why is that a con? The result is constant offshoring of development teams because North American labour costs are so high. This is self-inflicted pain that is actually not positive for North American workers in the long run.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't let the same people pick the next enterprise strategy. Stop overpaying your North American employees so you can afford to keep them.

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