What it does: Adobe is one of the world’s leading software products and service providers, specializing in visual editing, publication, and creation.
Mission: Changing the world through digital experiences
Best known for: Adobe Creative Cloud, including PhotoShop, InDesign, and Illustrator
Size & presence: 26,000 employees, working across more than 20 offices worldwide
The good bits: Adobe is one of the world’s top tech employers with household name products in visual design sectors—making it a great place to start a career for those interested in the field.
The not-so-good bits: Many of its current and past employees complain about the many bureaucracies involved in trying to get things done within the company.
Adobe’s story began in December 1982 when the company was founded by Charles Geschke and John Warnock. The name of the company, Adobe, was inspired by Adobe Creek in Los Altos, California, which was located behind Warnock’s garage.
Adobe was first known for creating PostScript, a program used for publishing and printing purposes. By 1986, the company was listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and since then has continued to grow. Adobe now offers the following software products and services:
Adobe greatly values learning—through anything. And it shows through their support of further employee training, fully sponsored by the company. In their own words regarding this: “We also realize that being the best at what you do requires constant learning.”
The company also celebrates differences and often shows them through company-specific events. They put people first—and show it by making everyone feel included through employee networks, clubs, and year-round celebrations.
Adobe has several types of internship programs available for recent college or university graduates.
For internship programs, Adobe operates three programs. The first is Adobe Research Internships, exclusive to computer science and electrical engineering Ph.D. students. The second is Adobe Sales Academy, where students are “trained to become a top sales professional in the most in-demand areas of SaaS technology.” The last one is MBAs at Adobe, designed specifically for MBA students interested in becoming an intern in the company.
Some of these programs are not available in certain offices in the U.S., such as the Adobe Sales Academy, which only has open positions in San Jose, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Lehi, Seattle, McLean, New York City, and Chicago.
Aside from internship positions, Adobe has certain full-time positions at the entry-level intended for recent university graduates. These positions are open at various times of the year, depending on the need of the company.
Some examples of the roles that a recent university graduate can apply to are Software Engineer, Computer Scientist, and Technical Engineer. None of these roles require you to have prior work experience—making it the perfect start for your career at Adobe.
According to previous applicants, the recruitment process at Adobe roughly goes like this for both recent university graduates and interns.
You start by submitting an application to their website. Then, a recruiter will contact you for a phone interview. If you pass this round, you’ll continue to an interview with Adobe’s Hiring Manager. Then, you’ll be asked to do an assessment—this can be a take-home assessment or an online one; it all depends on your role.
The last part is a face-to-face interview; and if you pass that round, the Hiring Team would contact you to send an offer. Even if you don’t pass, Adobe will also still reach out and give your feedback so you can be prepared for your next interview.
An internship at Adobe is a paid one, and an intern can expect to make between $60,000-$120,000 depending on the position they’re applying to as well as their college degree level.
As for entry-level full-time positions intended to be filled by recent university graduates, base pay can be around $80,000-$250,000, depending on the position.
Other benefits that you could receive are medical, dental, and vision benefits for you and your family. Plus, every five years Adobe gives their employee a paid sabbatical.
Adobe engages in various social contributions and allows its employees to contribute alongside them through volunteering activities. Adobe’s main current initiatives are centered on three major spheres: using their technological expertise for underserved communities are urgent issues, innovating for sustainability, and providing support for their community through volunteering and other philanthropic initiatives.
Adobe was one of the defendants that were served with a class-action lawsuit called High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation in 2013, with the plaintiffs accusing them of engaging in agreements that restricts the poaching of their current employees by another firm, causing a potential loss in compensation. Adobe, alongside Apple, Google, and Intel, decided to settle for $415 million.