Oh, what a life!

September 24, 2015

Adobe Welcomes University Grads to Adobe Life

Beginning a career following the completion of a degree is exciting, but it can also be a little scary. As a new graduate, you don’t really know what to expect. Every company has its own unique culture and companies with over 10,000 employees may seem intimidating.

Lucky for me, Adobe launched a new program designed specifically for university hires – New Employee Success | University (NES|U) – to alleviate this concern. This program was designed to engage and integrate university graduates into Adobe’s culture, create a sense of community with other university hires, and offer development resources.


Last week, I was one of 130 university hires who was fortunate enough to experience this fantastic program. We were brought in to Adobe’s headquarters in San Jose, California from different Adobe locations throughout North America for two days.

Let me take you through my experience and share my key takeaways.

Empowered to innovate

Adobe believes that innovation can come from anywhere in the company, and right out of the gates, we were introduced to Adobe Kickbox. It’s an innovation program that encourages all employees to be innovators. It taught us how to bring ideas to life and tips to accelerate innovation. I learned that at Adobe, it doesn’t matter where you are in the company, or how long you’ve been here, you can innovate. It’s a great feeling to know that my ideas have the potential to directly impact the company.

Own it and follow your passion

One of the best ways to learn is from the experiences of others – those who were either in a similar position, or those who we aspire to become someday. This is what we got from two panels and the Q&A with Adobe’s Chief Executive Officer, Shantanu Narayen.

Senior leader panel.

We had the opportunity to hear from a panel of employees who started their careers at Adobe right out of college, just like us. Their advice was to run with the opportunities that are given to us and own them. The results will follow.

We also heard from a panel of senior leaders at Adobe. They shared how failure can be one of the best ways to learn. Hearing these panelists speak was inspirational. They answered questions about how they ended up at Adobe, how they worked their way up in the company, and encouraged us to always be open to opportunities and follow our passions.

My favorite part of the program was the Q&A with Shantanu. He gave us the green light to ask any questions we wanted. They ranged from career advice and his road to becoming the CEO of Adobe to his hobbies, which are golfing and reading. I was surprised at how open he was with all of us.

It’s an amazing time to be at Adobe

I’ve heard my colleagues say, “You need to attend the Adobe all-employee meeting. You’ll be inspired.” Now I know exactly what they mean. For many of us in this program, this was our first company-wide meeting. Our executives shared quarterly highlights and priorities, and we walked away with a clear sense of the company vision and what we needed to do next. It was also the time of the year when we recognize our Founders’ Award recipients, a peer-nominated award. It’s the highest honor anyone at Adobe can receive. We saw a video of the global award winners and we also recognized them on stage. I’m in awe to be surrounded by such passionate colleagues.

I’ve witnessed that it’s not an employee meeting without a fantastic demo. We received a preview of Adobe MAX, and a demo of the latest Photoshop app, Photoshop Fix. I was blown away by our technology and innovation. I can’t wait for the next employee meeting.

Day 2 activities
Day 2 activities.

Work hard, play hard

In my short time here, I’ve noticed that there’s always fun to be had at Adobe–basketball at noon, mariachi band at the cafe, team off sites, and the list goes on. The NES|U Live event was no exception. It concluded with a delicious lunch and fun activities on the basketball court at the San Jose office. They had everything you could imagine set up on the basketball court – human bowling, corn hole, Velcro wall jump and more!

I learned a lot over these past two days and got to meet so many colleagues. NES|U Live was a fantastic event and the beginning of a great journey at Adobe. For all university students who are about to graduate, I encourage you to explore opportunities at Adobe!

Written by Trevor Romele.

Photos curtesy of Jon Giamanco.