University Feature

New Hire Blog with Nick L.

June 28, 2012

Adobe’s effort to offer the very best for its employees does not end once the offer is signed.  There is support available to ensure new hires have the most rewarding experience possible from the moment they step foot into the office.  In this new hire blog we will hear from Nick L., a recent graduate with an MBA in digital marketing from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management.  Nick recently began working for Adobe as a manager in marketing insights and operations.  I will be checking in with Nick periodically over the summer to update readers on how his first few months on the job are going..

Why did you decide to apply to work at Adobe?

I ran into an Adobe manager at a recruitment event my first year in business school.  I picked his brain about his work and it sounded really interesting.   I come from a software background, and my BS is in Information Systems, so I wanted to work for a tech company.  I also love Adobe products and as a big user, I was excited to learn more about the company behind  the products.  The manager I met referred me for a position, and I ended up with an internship in Orem.

How would you describe your intern experience in Orem?

I worked with the Value Assessment and Marketing Strategy Group.  I met a lot of interesting people, and I got exposure to a variety of products and processes.  At Adobe, they bring you on and treat you as a full member of the team.  My managers gave me as much as I could handle and I was excited about the opportunities I had!

What has been your first impression now that you are completing your first week in San Jose?

The onboarding process has been pretty seamless at Adobe when I compare it to the other companies I’ve worked for.  Adobe anticipates the needs of new employees.  An IT guy was at my office almost as soon as I arrived without me even calling him. 

Why did you decide that Business School was the right choice for your career?

When I finished my undergrad, I didn’t really have a path.  I ended up as a consultant because I needed a job, but I reached a point where I had to ask myself if I could do it long-term.  I worked with small businesses to help them integrate new software and reduce costs, but I knew I wanted to get into marketing in order to be at the front lines of the business cycle.  I was very interested in learning how to increase the relevance of a company’s products to its consumers, and the best way to get where I wanted to go was by going back to school.

What about Adobe makes it the right place for you to build your career in marketing?

Adobe is a fantastic brand which is very important in the professional world.  I’m a marketing guy so I recognize Adobe has a personal brand; I inherit brand equity just by being here.  Also, Adobe is very employee focused.  Before I was at a small company and my options were limited.  Here, I can shift what I am doing without finding a new place to work.  I don’t feel like I was hired for a specific position, I feel like I was hired to be an asset to Adobe.

What advice do you have for students, MBAs or undergraduates, as they decide where to apply for work and internships?

At the undergraduate level my advice would be to think long-term.  It’s easy to just start working and wait for the dominoes to fall into place, but you need to find a company that can help you with your career vision.  I graduated from college seven years ago.  If I had set my trajectory differently then I could be further along in my career now.

What do you like to do for fun when you are not at work?

I’m still learning about the area.  I actually just found some hiking trails I’m looking forward to trying out.  I’m also into sports.  I just met a guy down here that plays on a volleyball team, and I’ve been talking to him about it.

Contributed by Marco D., University Talent Intern, Stanford University  

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