Adobe & Careers

What Adobe Executives Wish They’d Known as University Students

October 17, 2012

Before they walked the halls of Adobe, motivated their teams, or traveled the world promoting Adobe’s products, Adobe executives were once University students.  Now, with a bit more experience under their belts, they share what they wish they’d known during their collegiate years.

Shantanu Narayen, President & CEO

“Think BIG.  You have almost limitless opportunities in front of you right now, so go out and make the most of them.”





David Wadhwani, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Digital Media

“Success is not about winning the debate or argument, it’s about enabling the right outcome.”





Donna Morris, Senior Vice President of Human Resources

“Seek out feedback from co-workers and managers as you gain work experience (paid and volunteer) and use it to continue to learn. In my career, I’ve learned that feedback is a gift. Also, pursue what you’re passionate about — if you really enjoy what you do and who you work with you’ll have a greater chance at personal success.”




Matt Thompson, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations

“Have the mindset that this is a “two way” interview.  The company and you, you and the company.  Think about…can you see yourself working there? Can you get excited about their products/services? Are you impressed with the people you have met? Will you thrive in the culture of the company?  Come up with your own personal ‘fit’ criteria and really dig in.  Find people who work there in the type of job you are interviewing for and really understand as much as possible about that company.  There is so much more information around than when was entering the work force.  Dig in and be picky, you are your own best advocate!”