Senior Business Analyst | California | Apr 7, 2014
Senior Business Analyst
• As the Senior Business Analyst, participated in the requirements sessions to discuss and analyze the customer requirements and document to get the sign off from the stakeholders.
• Produced BRD, FRS, Technical documents (High level design docs, etc.). Work with and manage IT development, QA and Business both in-house and offshore.
• Conducted requirements gathering JAD sessions and performed analysis to determine As Is and To Be models by interacting with various key technical resource persons.
• Conducted user interviews, gathered requirements, and analyzed the requirements using Visio.
• Heavy interactions with Clients (internal and external) and Vendors
• Worked closely with the development team in order the make sure that all the requirements are met.
• Organized demos for the customer to see and approve the progress following the Agile methodology.
• Participated in the discussions with the Project and Program Managers to make sure the delivery of the product is within the time, scope and budget.
• Wrote clear, concise and detailed system requirements specification (SRS) documents and user documentation in accordance to guidelines and standards of a level where developers can interpret and design and develop the application with minimum guidance.
• Developed Business flow diagrams, Activity/State diagrams and Sequence diagrams so that the development team and other stake holders can understand the business process.
• Created Use Cases, Collaboration, Object S
PROS: They have a great corporate culture, great benefits, very competitive pay, most people are very friendly and you get to work and collaborate with very knowledgeable co-workers, generally speaking, a great work/life balance, flexible schedules (as long as you get your work completed), can sometimes work remotely, a great in-house cafeteria that is nominally subsidized, a gym at work, and top--level talent.
CONS: It all depends who you work for: if you don't have the support of your manager it can severely limit your opportunities for career advancement or training/cross-functional learning opportunities. They tend to keep people siloed doing one particular function, and do not really promote expanding your skillset. There is a "tuition reimbursement" program, but it is completely not a guarantee that you will be reimbursed, and you need to get the approval of your manager before you can even seek it out. Many people at Adobe have been lucky to have encouraging managers who mentored them and always presented them with opportunities to grow professionally - I was not lucky in that arena. There were many, many ways that my manager could have helped facilitate this, and I flagged it in every review, but it fell on deaf ears. That's the one thing I regret about staying at Adobe as long as I did - I think I would have learned so much more moving around to different positions at other companies. The corporate culture is so good, the products are amazing, and I was working
It was a small company of 168 people when I started there in 1988. Back then, everything was cutting edge. It was a great time where innovation flowed through our veins. I watched in amazement as the professionals continued to grow the business and anticipate the coming changes. They were always aware of what the market was doing and what worked and didn't work. They knew the royalty business of PostScript would gradually decline and that Applications revenue would have to take over, which it overwhelmingly did! Every product release had to make money.
My experience there was that they valued my work and didn't seem to care that I had no college education at the time. They said "we liked your work on Photoshop. Would you like to take on Reeltime?" (I renamed it to Adobe Premiere). If you created a test file you might see it on a product demonstration. You had a chance to name a new product. Your input for new features was always considered. I valued the fact that most of the directors were engineers. The CEO and President had an open door policy.
The company increased in size to 3,500 employees by the time I left in 1999. A persons individual job became slightly less connected to the other less-related areas by then. Even so, you have the chance to work and socialize with the best of the best. The work environment always enabled productivity and innovation and the social environment was integrated in many ways.
ProsChanging, progress, quality, professional, social, cafeteria, social event on Fridays
ConsNot quite as easy to see what other departments are doing
Infrastructure Engineer | Austin, TX | Mar 11, 2020
Great place to stick around if you have an ever-evolving role
As a member of IT, I've had the pleasure of speaking/working with folks from almost every type of role within the company. There is so much opportunity here at Adobe, but some roles may leave little room for advancement and require lateral moves in order to allow for upward mobility.
Although my IT org doesn't allow for work-from-home opportunities, the offices are very accommodating in terms of comforts and productivity needs. I left a job that allowed for 100% remote work so that I could commute and show up here every day, and I have no complaints about it.
Pay is alright. Competitive rates for IT are definitely out there, considering the growing scope of work for IT roles here.
The benefits here are excellent. I really get a brain break during the bi-annual shutdowns (a week during July 4th and a week during Christmas/New Years).
Management is management. They're not always skilled to have a comprehending head in the foxholes with members of the roles they oversee, so this can be frustrating when their personality lacks empathy on top of unfamiliarity of inner workings. This isn't specific to Adobe, it's just how managers can be anywhere you go. Maybe more promotion from within would help here, but sometimes personalities are more important that backgrounds when it comes to leadership.
There is no better reward than to do an honest day's work for an honest days wage.
Receiving calls and taking care of customers. Multitudes of different computer programs to assist and complete customers requests. The management is lacking in this business not very professional as to say the least. Co-workers are the balance between management and daily duties. They are what makes working for a company worthwhile and what making comes to work satisfying. The hardest part of the job is to have to listen to people yelling, using profanity and being expected to take it as part of the job. Not being able to interrupt and let the other person know you are here to help and to try and assist to the best of your ability. The most enjoyable part is when a customer compliments you on a good job and making certain they have the best experience necessary to have them return to your company and the company acknowledging how wonderful you are doing with the company. It's not always easy but colleagues as well as those wonderful customers makes it a joy to go to work and do the best that you can possibly do and go home at the end of the day with a smile on your face and a song in your heart for a job well done.
ProsOff early enough to still have some time to do exciting activities.
ConsHateful customers, hateful managers and not enough compensation for th amount of work done.
Adobe feels like many companies depending what organization within it you are in.
I learned so much in my 10+ years there it is too much to list. In summary, knowledge is power and continue to learn and grow. From maintaining a data base, to SAP and the contract system ACM, through redlining contracts, legal review and negotiations.
Management again varies within different organizations. When I was in marketing it was very nurturing even in high demand times. It felt like a well oiled "dream team".
As a Sr. Buyer the team has been pushed at a sometimes unreasonably fast pace learn and grow model with the goals shifting quickly in the past 2-3 years.
Keeping up with management's expectations with lack of direction or training was the most difficult.
The people are there genuinely to do a great job. The people I support is the reason I do whatever it takes to get through the peak quarter end volume spikes along with the feeling of accomplishment crossing the finish line of contract negotiations.
Prosgreat flexibility to work from home, environment is casual, lots of onsite perks, great benefits.
ConsThey stopped quarterly profit sharing bonuses several years ago.
Arrived daily very early to accomplish goals of the day and to complete work from the previous day. Work was intense and there were many projects, deadlines and people to communicate and interact with daily as the environment was intense and charge with electricity. Learned much about the culture, the systems and the strategies that were moving from old platforms and concepts to newer ways of thinking and delivering process and information to the internal staff.
Co workers were as dutiful, educated and wanted to work on projects to their completion.
The toughest part of the job was aligning the subsystems and getting buy-ins from the other departments and juggling schedules and maintaining expectations.
The most enjoyable part of any job was meeting with people and accomplishing the objectives set forth by the various groups.
ProsGreat offices and great people, Challenging work
ConsFull consensus of the everyone in the group in order to move forward, Lack of Creativity, and lack of infrastructure and rules within IT
Fantastic company with many opportunites for growth
Adobe is a company with a highly siloed IT environment but a lot fo good people. On any given day I was given the opportunity to learn and implement something new to help the organization. This could be the opportunity to teach management classes, to propagate metrics/KPIs throughout my BU, to manage a corporate acquisition at at one point to even make a film!
This was easily the most enjoyable part of the job - any idea I had, even down to remodeling our entire global support structure - was reviewed, supported and often implemented!
The hardest part of the job was some upper management resistance and a tendency to take credit for other's work, including taking power point presentations and simply changing the owner's name.
Workplace culture is great - people are open, genuine, and helpful regardless of their BU, despite IT being siloed. I've never had better employees in my life.
ProsFree coffee, good cafe, many opportunities for growth
ConsIT Stagnation - was informed no NEW growth or change for minimum of 3 years.
Overall: Progressive in some ways but still male dominated and no innovation.
Very VP heavy, we hardly ever hear from the CEO- usually only once a quarter when reporting earnings to Wall Street. Instead of innovating the company acquires other companies. I have been overworked, my manager doesn't care about people, only his manager who is a VP. I have been there for five years, received perfect reviews, and have never been promoted despite asking for it repeatedly. Most of the leadership is only concerned with Wall Street and not employees or our customers. I would say that customers come last at Adobe and this is apparent to our poor customers who have no other choice.
They are good to give much maternity leave- 26 weeks. They say they encourage job shares and part-time work but I don't know of anyone doing this. I think it is lip service to Forbes so that they make it into the "Best Companies to Work For" list. Getting on this list seems to be their top priority.
As a contractor, there seems to be a negative treatment to contractors versus full-time employees. Contractors are not provided there own workspace, and each day bumped to other locations. Adobe's amenities are not equally provided to all employees, just full-timers. This treatment makes a person feel like an outcast in a culture that is pretty cool for those that are brought on full-time. Contribution to the success of the business is equal, however, not culture.
My specific manager did not have emotional intelligence and treated her subordinate poorly, even those that were full-time.
Other teams I worked with seemed very happy, and their bosses were pretty friendly and eager to help other teams.
The work itself was excellent, and the experience of utilizing one of the most powerful marketing platforms and analytics to generate interest in Adobe's products and services was a privilege and would enjoy working there if offered a position "full-time." One lousy boss out of many was just bad luck.
It's been a awesome experience here which encompasses challenging work on a regular basis and hence my development as a seasoned Program Manager. Along with that the work life balance offered is awesome.
On a typical day the work can be as hectic as a 12 hour marathon or it can be eased out as a 2 hour relaxing movie, but holistically it offers enough challenges to learn as a Program Manager and hence be more and more productive in what I am doing.
I have to wear multiple hats - that of a leader for getting along with my team of Engineers and driving the project ahead, that of Techie for really solving problems with them, that as a typical accounts manager for managing all the budgeting and resources tied to the project and of course a strategist for laying the year's road-map for the project.
However, the best part is the way the organization encourages my learning by giving me sufficient time for a learning curve which allows me to excel in my role. Over a period of time this phenomenon has really added positively to my thought process and made me a much better performer in my work.
Adobe is fantastic; it provides every possible benefit a company can. They reimburse an excellent amount for your educational purposes, be it a certification or a degree or any course, they will reimburse that.
Apart from that, your managers will do a regular one on one to discuss the expectations & goals set for you so you continue doing good for yourself and the company.
Adobe also reimburses a lot of things that one can buy for their mental or physical welness, like any hobby classes you wish to take or gym equipments.
Compensation & Appraisal: The compensation is decent and along with the benefits & shift allowances (if you are eligible), it does seem handsome. Appraisals are also good.
The Vendor workers might not get shift allowances and all the benefits, so that's a con.
Work culture is great, it is very helping. The people are the best part of this organization.
Office has everything, from free meals to free milkshakes, and from various sports facilities to rest rooms, everything is great.
Questions And Answers about Adobe
How often do raises occur at Adobe?
Asked Nov 2, 2016
Once a year
Answered Jan 3, 2023
1x per year
Answered Apr 2, 2019
On average, how many hours do you work a day at Adobe?
Asked Oct 28, 2016
About3 hours in a day
Answered Mar 17, 2018
8 hours per day.
Answered Oct 26, 2017
How long does it take to get hired from start to finish at Adobe? What are the steps along the way?
Asked Sep 5, 2016
The process from start to finish to get hired was of two weeks. The steps were.
Answered Jun 7, 2018
Answered Jan 18, 2018
What benefits does Adobe offer?
Asked Sep 5, 2016
None I Was. 1099 independent contractor
Answered Sep 5, 2022
Matching charitable donations.
Plentiful training opportunities
Contributiion to a “giving fund” for any volunteer hours employee logs
Great health care
Generous time off including 2 weeks a year when the company shutsdown (Christmas and 4th of July weeks)
Flexible work schedule
Answered Jul 28, 2019
Does Adobe have remote work positions available?
Asked Aug 17, 2017
Many Adobe positions in Austin are remote, though I'm unsure if they're hiring for more currently.
Answered Dec 13, 2019
Not that I know of and it's not easy to get contract work through Adobe remotely unless you have a connection internally.