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Adobe Reviews

Updated 17 December, 2014
Updated 17 December, 2014
1,121 Reviews
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1,121 Reviews
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Adobe President and CEO Shantanu Narayen
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Company offers great benefits; flexible time-off policy; decent work-life balance (in 149 reviews)

  • Good gym, great benefits, overall more positive experiences than bad ones (in 90 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance has also steadily deteriorated over the past few years (in 27 reviews)

  • senior management do not communicate well with employees of all levels (in 38 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be wary of advertised benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Finace in San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Finace in San Jose, CA (US)

    I worked at Adobe

    Pros

    Competitive pay, benefits, sabbatical, facilities

    Cons

    self-preserving managers that throw their subordinates under the bus, terrible work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the manager i worked for was horrible. disregard for her subordinates and only cared about credentials on paper (i.e. CPA, MBA, Big 4, etc). i was setup to fail from the beginning despite putting in every ounce of effort. in the end, this manager only cared about saving face and promoting herself. disappointing but she was not alone. many of the benefits that are promoted are smoke and mirrors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Employer of choice, or of necessity?

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    * Benefits & compensation are competitive
    * Site leaders plan events to make us feel included and part of one company
    * Intriguing mix of employees, via many acquisitions ... everyone from corporate folks to creative folks; it's a nice blend

    Cons

    * Lots of long-term employees can mean obduracy ... "This is how we do things here." Running a business unit via oligarchy is risky. Without fresh opinions, how can you know you're not seriously off track?
    * Little chance for promotion or mobility because of low attrition at the top
    * Senior-manager-heavy: we are having trouble hiring younger people, and some of our key talent isn't that far from retirement
    * PTO policy *sounds* great, but many managers discourage you from taking time off
    * Some truly abysmal people managers who have little experience running teams but who are given no motivation or resources to change their ways.
    * Everyone seems burned out most of the time. No one smiles any more. If you say 'good morning' in the hallway, people wince because they're afraid you're going to ask for something they don't have time to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many employees seem to feel 'locked in' because of generous benefits, equity, and flexible working locations. What will you do when that isn't enough to hold them? Start creating serious succession plans, as well as a multi-year talent retention and acquisition plan. The next generation doesn't want to work for Adobe. Reverse that trend before it's too late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Brand, Cool Perks, limited mobility

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT (US)

    I worked at Adobe full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great brand and products, cool perks, on site gym, great insurance plan, great employee stock plan, wellness plan, cool building, great time off policy, shut downs for Christmas and 4th of July. Lots of smart and creative people.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is rough and stressful much of the time. despite the great time off policy, you are so busy that you feel you can't take advantage of it. very complicated contract work flow system, constantly resolving invoicing issues for customers. Compensation is not adequate for the work load. Managers feel they don't have to pay more because of the large job seeker pool which also means Managers have no incentive to keep experienced employees around. Very difficult to move up, too competitive. In many cases, hiring managers are looking for MBA candidates and will look outside the company even if someone internally could be trained to do the work. Company is very slow to change and upgrade systems and processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop off loading jobs to India. it might save money on the bottom line but the quality suffers. There are plenty of people here the U.S. that can do a way better job. Increase compensation, otherwise more people will seek employment else where. Encourage employees to stay with the company and help them with a career path if they express an interest to work on another department. Don't use bell curves to grade employees against each other.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Work place environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at Adobe full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance! Happy hour once a month helps with team bonding. Besides happy hour, Adobe also community service events in which you can sign up with your team. What I love about Adobe is actually the 2 shutdown periods where Adobe closes down for a week during July 4th and Christmas.

    Cons

    Adobe has an open policy about PTO for salary employees. Basically, if you need time off, you just speak with your manager. However, because there is no PTO accrual basis, most people on my team take only 1 week off at a time. Meaning, if you wanted to travel somewhere far and take 2 weeks, that can be a stretch and may present difficulty in getting approval from management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Adobe is full of surprises... at all levels

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    Current Employee - Office Manager in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

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

    Pros

    Goodt benefits, great culture, a lot to learn.!

    Cons

    NO SECURITY, and no much growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think of People and not only business

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great San Jose Based Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Jose, CA (US)

    I worked at Adobe full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great location, close to where a lot of people live.

    Cons

    A lot of layers of middle management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Adobe Student Representative in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Adobe Student Representative in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Adobe as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    nice, friendly, energetic, engaging, helpful

    Cons

    salary is not competent compare to other companies in the filed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Employee of a company that was acquired by Adobe.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Adobe full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great office environment, Benefits. Up to date equipment. Pay was OK, but not up to industry or regional standards.Benefits were overall great.

    Cons

    Only as successful as the person(s) above you allow. Zero transparency on where allowed to move in career. Similar to a lot of large companies where the individual is not recognized unless they have a champion or someone who will bring their talents and achievements to attention of middle management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Adobe is a great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Adobe full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people, products, and benefits. The landscape has continually changed over the past few years, providing growth for the company and individuals to expand their roles or take on new ones.

    Cons

    Would like to see PTO plan modified, though the two holiday shutdowns per year are great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good learning, good people

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    Former Employee - Research Intern in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Adobe as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very good working experience. Very helpful culture and good balance between work and life. Flexible hours. Great people

    Cons

    No cons. Great learning opportunity, sometimes you may have to stat till late. No bus service.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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