A Storied History
There are a few technology companies that have been around since the early days of the modern technology transformation of society that essentially started with the first personal computing devices developed in the early 1980s. Microsoft and Apple obviously fall into that category, and so does Adobe. Started in 1982 in founder John Warnock’s garage, Adobe started out by developing the PostScript language, which was the first truly international standard for computer printers. Thanks in large part to Steve Jobs attempt to buy the company early on (an offer they rejected) and his subsequent investment in their shares and licensing of PostScript, Adobe was the first company in the history of Silicon Valley to become profitable in it’s first year.
Adobe went on to develop digital fonts, followed by the landmark Illustrator software for early Apple Macintosh computers. In 1989 they released Photoshop, forever changing the graphics world, and four years later they released Acrobat and Reader along with the PDF, which is still today an international standard for digital documents. Their acquisition in 2005 of Macromedia gave them control of a slew of new products and services, not least among them Flash. They ceased development of Flash for mobile devices in 2011 in favor of HTML 5, again influenced in no small part by Steve Jobs with his refusal to use Flash on iOS devices.
Into the future
Adobe continues to expand their horizons and business ventures today. In 2018 they acquired Marketo, a marketing automation software company, which should open up more marketing jobs at Adobe, and in January 2019 they acquired a 3D texturing company. Their revenues have tripled since 2009 from just under $3 billion to just over $9 billion in 2018, with over 21,000 current employees, roughly 40% of which are located in their headquarters home of San Jose, CA. Their current push projects include the Adobe Document Cloud, the Adobe Experience Cloud which is an end to end Customer Experience Management solution, and their Creative Cloud, which provides “the world’s best apps and services for video, design, photography, and the web”, making Adobe cloud jobs an expanding opportunity with the tech giant.
Should You Work There?
As already alluded to, jobs at Adobe seem to be readily available for the right candidates. There are currently around 1,800 openings being advertised in a wide variety of locations around the country, including CA, OR, UT, MN, NY, TX, and more, many of them media jobs for designer and developers, but also in management, consulting, analytics and more. The general consensus among employees is that the company is great to work for, with good work/life balance as well as good pay and benefits. One enthusiastic employee had this to say on Glassdoor: “I can honestly say that I’ve never been surrounded by so many genuine, authentic, and nice people in my career. The work environment is one where colleagues truly care about each other. It may sound simple but it’s really motivating to be at a company where employees care so much about each other and the company cares about you as a person not just another employee. ”