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
Shantanu Narayen
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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Pleased with Adobe

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lehi, UT (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lehi, UT (US)

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

    Pros

    Professional, yet relaxed office atmosphere. A sense of community is fostered within the entire site, with plenty of opportunities to be involved in community activities or attend guest lectures. They live the values presented. The company encourages a life outside of work - which is refreshing! Work hard, play hard certainly applies to Adobe.

    Cons

    Still learning within the company, so a review of cons will have to be forthcoming.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Varied job opportunities if you look for them

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Adobe full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, people are smart and lovely to work with. After refocusing on key product lines and markets, stock has done tremendously well.

    Cons

    Marketing functions can be highly segmented and higher level management very hard to break into - you either have to be hired into these or leave and then get re-hired for these roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be ideal to have a more dynamic CEO - in the absence of this, keep nurturing the stars one level below, and keep investing in opportunities for your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great, big company. Not the place for those seeking fast-paced environment, however.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Everyone knows the Adobe brand, though I got tired of being asked how to turn off the annoying Acrobat update reminders. Company treats employees well, with good benefits packages. They support a good work/life balance and promote telecommuting. Nice dual threat with Creative and Marketing clouds; vision resonating with the street and customers.

    Leadership is making the right decisions about moving to the "cloud" (though one could argue the Creative Cloud isn't really a cloud in the true sense of the term) and its work in the digital marketing field. Hard to argue with the runup of ADBE stock the past 18 months or so.

    Cons

    Big company feel. Upper management is stiff, despite their attempts to be otherwise.

    The digital marketing business--the fastest growing at Adobe--is still the ugly stepchild. The creative side is the cash cow, and that fact permeates the atmosphere at Adobe.

    Despite attempts to be nimble, Adobe's internal decision making machinery operates at a glacial pace. HR is way too involved in everything, and I never heard a positive comment about IT in the many years I spent at the company. They made some cool widgets for me as a business leader, but it's was nearly impossible for me to get their support for my own business initiatives. They were territorial without ever really adding value to the business where I worked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Creative Cloud is still showing impressively, though the digital marketing business seems to be commoditized now with the except of the AEM and Campaign tools.

    Try, try, try to create more of an innovative/startup mentality. The lack thereof is why many seasoned employees have left for more exciting ventures.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good points and bad points

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    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
  6.  

    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.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company to work for but...

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    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
  9.  

    good and well enough to sustain

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    • 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
  10.  

    NOC systems administrator

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    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
  11.  

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

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    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

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