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Adobe Reviews

Updated 18 December 2014
Updated 18 December 2014
1,122 Reviews
4.0
1,122 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.  

    Sr Manager, Marketing Analytics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Adobe

    Pros

    Clean professional facility
    Leader in product category

    Cons

    Lot of mediocrity in middle management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Freedom

    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    I had the freedom to be creative and come up with new ideas. We had major perks and a beautiful building. The location was awesome and underground parking was a plus.

    Cons

    Some really bad managers who were put in that position for political reasons. It made the employee invisible and therefore having no chance of being heard since the upper management only listened to our management who in several cases should not have representing us.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand who is managing your people, and have them there for the right reasons.

  6.  

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Adobe is full of surprises... at all levels

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Adobe's amazing.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Specialist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Specialist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    The team that I work for here in Canada is absolutely great. It's a positive work environment, no tolerance for gossip. We go for drinks together after work etc.

    Cons

    It's a fortune 500 company ranked in the top 100 employers of planet earth. The expectations for performance are high. If your a top performer, love life and want to make great money, jump in!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Glad you stopped the chopping block which caused a decrease in employee morale after the recession. Great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    good place to work

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    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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