Adobe Reviews

Updated 29 October, 2014
Updated 29 October, 2014
1,089 Reviews
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1,089 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Company offers great benefits; flexible time-off policy; decent work-life balance (in 150 reviews)

  • Good gym, great benefits, overall more positive experiences than bad ones (in 89 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance has also steadily deteriorated over the past few years (in 25 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Solid Company with Good Work-Life Balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Very solid company. Business is good and doing steady; work-life balance is excellent with long hours being few and far in between for most people. The office clears out by 5:30. Great location flexibility as well; I see many cubicles and offices that remain empty 4 days a week. Some of them, 5 days a week (yes, they are occupied).

    Cons

    For a Silicon Valley company, the pace of innovation is not particularly on the the rapid side. I wouldn't go so far as to say slow, but definitely not fast. Same goes with bureaucracy and office politics - not as bad as say a traditional, non-Valley company, but it's there and it slows down everything. Benefits are solid but perks are not particularly great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For a company of this age and size, I think management is doing quite well. But how things are right now, the company will have a hard time competing for top-tier talent against the likes of Google or Facebook. Adobe risks remaining mid-tier among large Silicon Valley companies, with mid-tier talent and mid-tier growth. Oh wait, that doesn't sound too bad. Keep up the good (but not great) work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Smooth work life balance, much desired in the leadership and learning area

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Greater Noida (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Greater Noida (India)

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

    Pros

    Good pay for most people, as Adobe strives to get best talent
    Relaxed working culture and it is entirely up to the individual if he wants to take on more
    Good brand and product, and that helps employees to get a edge in the jobs market after working here.
    Proud association as the company has done some path breaking things in the software market in the past years.

    Cons

    Lack of thought leaders as I have seen decisions being made on the fly and that leaves a lot unstructured and at risk
    Diplomatic management who will shy away from being candid about anything to do with your growth and career and tend to keep things grey at all times. There is a desire that they walk the talk...lot of gyan on being a employer of choice but when things get tough , I have been given the run around and flowery words with no action.
    People dependent to the extent that work may stop because someone key is on a vacation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would like to see a more capable leadership and stable decision makers with actual skills and not hit or miss approach.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great people, genuine demeanor. Creative leader!!!

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

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

    Pros

    Creative edge with some of the smartest and caring people. Fast moving with community feel. Strong employer pride factor but not arrogant at all. Visible VP and exec team ... See them in cafe all the time. Approachable too. Strong talent bias with strong value system.

    Cons

    Can be a bit of a matrix so need to learn how to navigate. That said, people will help if you ask I'm a heart beat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the innovation and pushing the customer experience. Great job bringing in new talent and injecting new energy at many levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good pay masters

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Adobe

    Pros

    Adobe is a big name which is getting bigger with a lot of opportunities for young graduates and experienced alike.
    They pay you nicely and have a good work atmosphere.

    Cons

    Not too sure about the growth opportunities or changing roles which you want to get into. Seen people staying at the same profile for years..

  6.  

    Great company that continues to reinvent itself!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great Photoshop and Acrobat franchise give the company great brand value.
    A still evolving Marketing Cloud strategy.
    Great benefits and work life balance.

    Cons

    Sales reorganizations and layoffs make business challenging.
    People are well paid and there is little movement so personal career growth is challenging.
    Need to move beyond just business model "innovations." Created a subscription billing platform and now need to bring more product and service innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Subscriptions were well received and finally understood by investors. Now need to focus on greater value per customer and other services to attract new customers.
    Give future leaders more breadth of experience by moving them around.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Innovative where it counts

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Conference Planner in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Conference Planner in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at Adobe as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Products are far-reaching and raises the level of competence in the average worker. Great support for captioning on the web.

    Cons

    Affordability is lacking here except for the low end products

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great pay, benefits, treat you like a person, parties, smart staff

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Order Management Representative in Lehi, UT (US)
    Former Employee - Order Management Representative in Lehi, UT (US)

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

    Pros

    Pay, TONS of time off, overtime for hourly positions, really great health benefits, lots of company parties, happy staff, smart staff, solid tech company

    Cons

    Red tape of being at a big business, it's very hard to effect big change. Small realm of expertise- you learn one small part of business well, but not the full spectrum. Same with any large company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way for employees to be able to pitch change ideas and make them happen instead of thinking changing the status quo is a waste of time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Love the company

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

    I worked at Adobe full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Amazing Products; great leadership; huge opportunities for the business and career

    Cons

    Would love more variety for food services

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Adobe (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    work culture is nice and chilled out

    Cons

    sometimes you get creepy managers

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good direction

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Lehi, UT (US)
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Lehi, UT (US)

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

    Pros

    Very green company. I love their core principles and find they give direction in the company.

    Cons

    Bigger company, challenges with transitioning from Omniture. Adobe is making things better though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've been making decent choices lately, good job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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