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A once great company - No longer innovative or employee-friendly, but still a leader.

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

I worked at Adobe

Pros

Great products, smart colleagues, generous benefits (health, 401K matching, sabbatical, time off at managers' discretion - this is good if you have an understanding manager), flexible telecommuting program, a friendly, collaborative team atmosphere, pretty buildings with nice offices with doors you can shut, good corporate citizen.

Cons

Limited opportunity for advancement or professional growth. Middle management weak and scared. Too many turf wars. Powerful been-there-forever cliques. Reporting structure lame, it allows family members and romantic relationships to report to one another .Sending too many jobs to India and China, Difficult communication as teams are split up among US, India, China which weakens collaborative efforts, Annual layoffs each year ruin morale.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Focus on innovation. Quit trying to please Wall Street at the expense of your human resources. Try to keep some jobs in the US. Focus on improving the quality of what used to be amazing products - they've become too bloated and buggy. Bring back Chuck, John and Bruce to revitalize company mission.

Disapproves of CEO

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  1.  

    Amazing products, talented people, poor understanding of marketplace and customer needs beyond traditional customer

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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

    Pros

    Insanely amazing engineers that create fantastic products consistently

    Cons

    engineering is amazing, but understanding how to position and sell the products in the markeplace is lacking; Connect should be beating WebEx for example, other products get buried.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more top down to make it to next level.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Could be a great place to work but leadership is killing morale

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Adobe

    Pros

    great benefits and flexibility; very smart and innovative people who want to work hard

    Cons

    Leadership structure has become dysfunctional with poor vision from the top and Senior Leaders changing direction, mixed-messages, power-dynamics, mistrust. Middle-level managers are dis-empowered, not trusted and stuck implementing things they don't believe in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to really empower and encourage vision and innovation again. Make it an inspiring place to work instead of a place people LEAVE as soon as the economy improves.

    Disapproves of CEO
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