Just Can’t Get Enough
Sometimes the grass is greener where you already are
In most companies, the way you categorize employees is pretty straightforward: the current and the former. But at Adobe, there’s a third category: the ones who left and came back. Those are the boomerangs.
Some details of their stories are different, but the main point is the same: It might be human nature to wonder what else is out there, but it’s wise to go back to a good thing when you can.
Senior manager, business model strategy
Came back after:
Working her first post-MBA job, Verna C. was enjoying her job at Adobe in San Jose. But when a recruiter from another major company asked her to join, she wondered whether getting experience elsewhere might be good for her. And it was—in the “learning experience” sort of way.
At first, I was excited to be taking on a different role, but after being in a different environment for a while, I started to realize that I missed some of the things I had taken for granted at Adobe: the passion and creativity and the culture in general.
Wanting to do something entirely different, Lauren mentioned to a friend that she was starting to think about what was next on the career horizon, and that she was interested in finding an opportunity in a software security role. Her friend said, “That’s funny—I just saw a job opening like that at Adobe.”
Thinking the door to the past was closed, Lauren was a bit apprehensive about the idea of returning. But the job was exactly what she wanted to do and would give her the opportunity to learn all the things she was eager to learn about the security space. So she interviewed for the position and got the job of senior security program manager. And she was, of course, welcomed back.
License management consultant
Came back after:
As a license management consultant in Adobe’s Munich office, Dennis T. liked his job. But then he got a call from another company in need of someone with exactly his background. He had been at Adobe for nearly three years and thought a change might be interesting. But within two weeks at the new company, he started to regret the decision.
“I thought right away that maybe that wasn’t the right place to be,” Dennis says. “The collaboration we had at Adobe makes such a great working environment, but I didn’t have that at the new company and nobody was interested in building that up. It was a really bad experience.”
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The way you feel doing your job influences your private life, and mine has improved so much since I came back.
He gave it a few months, optimistic that he could make it work. Still, the job didn’t feel right. So he contacted his old manager at Adobe and asked whether he might come back, and the manager welcomed him back with open arms. Dennis is now doing the same work he did before—and feeling a renewed appreciation for the collaborative, supportive environment and how it enables everybody to be more successful and happier.
“I have so many open and friendly colleagues, and we have a beer after work or do fun stuff on the weekends,” Dennis says. “I’ve never had that experience of community at any other company.”