If you are reading this, I’m speaking to you as though you are a good friend…
… a good friend that keeps dating complete narcissistic assholes and is in need of an intervention. As your friend I really want you to know there are really nice people out there. People who will support you through thick and thin. Who will nurture you and help you grow. Who will respect you and admire you for your strengths while shoring up your weaknesses. The partner you deserve because you are a good and awesome person.
If you are in an unhealthy relationship with your current employment situation. Perhaps consider a change…
I both managed and contributed directly to Photoshop’s product design.
Working with Photoshop is like being a part of a tight knit family inside a giant publicly traded company. There’s nothing like it.
This team has been shipping creative software for 27 years and can still amaze and inspire. It’s the product that gave so many of us our creative kickstart back when we were teenagers. Several of the original engineers are still on staff. It’s truly been an honor and a privilege to work with that entire team.
Team Adobe Design
I worked as a member of the centralized experience design organization. Jamie Myrold is the new VP of Design — she is an amazing human — inspiring, creative, poised and changing the tide.
Everything from the space — both physical (we’re building a brand new one) and metaphorical (the role of design at Adobe) — to the energy (so many highly talented new faces) has changed for the better and it’s yielding better and better work.
There’s been no better time to join the Adobe Design. To get a feel for what it’s like in Adobe Design. Drop Ash Huang or Samantha Warren a line, or grab a coffee with them if you’re in the SF Bay Area. Or even hit up the last intern I worked with, Elissa Welsh!
Adobe has an amazing research lab. I am not a PhD researcher. But working at a place with a research lab gives you the chance to connect with and learn about cutting edge research, from machine learning to computer vision, to the latest in new modalities like AR/VR. Not only is it awe inspiring and fun , it keeps designers like me constantly thinking about what’s next.
Adobe at Large
Adobe has some of the best benefits; there is something for everyone and they invest in their people.
Adobe grants a four week sabbatical after five years and a five week sabbatical after ten. We shut down for a week in the summer and for the week between Christmas and New Years. Adobe also has an unlimited vacation policy. (That is to say you can take as much vacation as you want/need as long as it’s approved by your manager). Adobe also trades off some more over-the-top valley perks for an expectation that you have a life outside of work.
The working culture may vary somewhat from team to team, consistently you’ll find that Adobe really invests in their employees.
So remember, if you’re unhappy in your current work relationship— nice companies do exist, and one of them is Adobe.