Adobe Reviews

Updated 18 September, 2014
Updated 18 September, 2014
1,064 Reviews
3.9
1,064 Reviews
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Adobe President and CEO Shantanu Narayen
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762 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.  

    Good points and bad points

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good salary
    Flexible work from home policy
    Great benefits
    Nice to have the brand name on the resume

    Cons

    Working in the consulting org can be challenging. Billable utilization targets keep going up, such that it's a more demanding job than it was a few years ago. In my part of the consulting org, attrition has been almost 1/3 of employees in the past year, due to lack of access to deserved promotions and frustration with ever-increasing billing requirements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior leadership needs to get it together - communication, consistency, and balancing aggressive profitably goals with retention.

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

    Friends do not let friends develop using Adobe products, due to its poor leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, overall. Creative Suite remains the 800 pound gorilla which drives this company, followed in recent years by Omniture's spyware products.

    Cons

    The executives at Adobe fundamentally fail to understand software development communities. This is why they've thrown several of them (ColdFusion, Flex, LiveCycle) under the bus, leading to Adobe's terrible reputation amongst developers. Revenues spiked due to the acquisition of Omniture's spyware products, but the questionable ethics of this whole line of work were demoralizing to the rest of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Adobe has a lot of smart people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Adobe

    Pros

    Great products, company supports remote work, smart people.

    Cons

    Little investment in training and growth it's employees.

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  5.  

    NOC systems administrator

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - NOC Technician  in  Lehi, UT (US)
    Current Employee - NOC Technician in Lehi, UT (US)

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

    Pros

    Great job and rewarding experience

    Cons

    Communication between departments for changes non existent.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company to work for but...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at Adobe full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    For a large software company, this is a great place to work. The benefits package is pretty good and their stock options
    are great. Work life balance is not that great as you may end up working a lot of late nights and weekend.

    Cons

    The only way to get promoted is if someone leaves a position. The base salaries are not really competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your employees by promoting from within more often!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    good and well enough to sustain

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager  in  India, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in India, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    its amazing and mind blowing.. nice experience overall

    Cons

    no fee time and holiday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do best and leave rest

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A fine place, but they operate like an ancient institution, not a modern, nimble tech innovator.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Solutions Consultant  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Solutions Consultant in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great sustainability commitment. Decent work-life balance.

    Cons

    Adobe moves like a DINOSAUR. Incredibly siloed and resistant to change. Way too slow to address change (both internally and externally).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from Google, not Microsoft.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Everything is great, with exception of November, and a few bad apples

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Adobe full-time

    Pros

    --Cool products
    --Cool customers
    --Upbeat environment - high morale, positive energy
    --People are (mostly) very nice, collegial, interesting, fun - and capable. Genuine experts in their respective areas.
    --Management is pivoting the company quickly, and successfully
    --Great office space
    --Pay and benefits are very good
    --There are no loafers at Adobe - everyone works hard. Employee engagement in their jobs and the company is very high

    Cons

    --November = layoff season. Creates a lot of stress
    --Analysis paralysis around (some) decision making. Burden of analytical proof for any decision is almost impossibly high. Bring data or stay home; expect to have every number picked at with a fine tooth comb. Can lead to painfully long meetings and long hours.
    --In a few areas - not many - some very aggressive people. Some level of being able to fall back on tenure as a justification for treating others poorly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everything is working great; but try to find a way to make November a happier time. Also, make "respect for the individual" true - tenure allows some to get away with workplace bullying. While analytic rigor is good, need to move the debate focus from numbers to ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Adobe's a fantastic place to intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Global Marketing BU  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Global Marketing BU in San Jose, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Pretty much everyone I met at Adobe was genuine, passionate and helpful. The company culture really thrives on its core values, which is what makes it so amazing. The recruiting team has been working on making its intern program more structured and expansive as well, so I'm very hopeful about its future growth.

    Also, I got to work on some amazing projects this summer! Lots of events and a variety of things generally going on throughout the company.. keep track of them. No words could describe how incredible my manager/team were.

    Cons

    I know that some interns felt underworked, while others felt a huge push and pressure at the end of the internship rather than a balance throughout. it was also slightly awkward when another intern in the same general department told me what she was getting paid (hint, it was more).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on being transparent with the employees and interns. We all really enjoyed the lunchtime talks, brunches, etc. It was great to hear about your experiences and learn about the company's general direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Employees stay a long time

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at Adobe full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    flexible work environment, good location, great office space

    Cons

    everyone's opinion gets taken into account...too much so

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make decisions that you stick to. don't be swayed by the popular vote.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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