This week’s widespread debate over the pros and cons of telecommuting has created quite a bit of water cooler talk about implications for other companies and what it means here at Adobe. It’s been interesting reading the passionate points of view on both sides of the issue. I agree that working side-by-side yields huge benefits in terms of innovation, relationship building and speed. But I also think it’s important to offer employees and their managers flexibility to determine the working arrangements that work best for them and the business.
I get great energy from the constant interaction and spur of the moment brainstorming that happens in my open workspace. I recognize, though, that others do their best thinking in different ways. Telecommuting can be effective for some types of roles and not for others, and managers have preferences as well. It takes a whole different kind of management to engage a distributed team, including those who work remotely. I’d like to believe that at Adobe we build the capability of our managers so we can attract and retain the best people, no matter where they are located.
I recall a time when there was active debate on whether people could really be productive outside the office. Today, great advances in technology have clearly made that possible. Moreover, telecommuting has enabled us to manage our personal lives and the demands of a global business, and continue to reduce our carbon footprint.
At Adobe, there’s no one size fits all solution. We hire the best people and trust them to work when, how, and where makes the most sense for them and their teams. Simply put, we seek to create a company where people can do and be their best. I invite you to learn more about us by visiting our Adobe life blog.
This past Tuesday, we coordinated a worldwide takeover of the Adobe Instagram channel with our employees. Offices from Asia, Europe, and the U.S., all took shifts managing the Instagram channel to share a glimpse of #AdobeLife with all of you – our days at the office, commutes to work, the teams behind your favorite products, and more.
If you haven’t already, take a look at the collection of pictures on our Instagram channel. You’ll get an inside peek at our sites in Japan, Singapore, India, France, United Kingdom, Dublin, Utah, San Jose, and San Francisco.
Follow us on Instagram for more inside peeks from upcoming events like Adobe at SXSW and Adobe Summit.
One of the highest compliments that we could receive is an Adobe employee who says our company is a great place to work. That’s exactly what’s happened today – on an immense scale. For the 13th time, Adobe has made FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work for list. We ranked 41, a 59 percent improvement over last year’s ranking.
Given the quality and number of companies considered for this list, I couldn’t be more proud and humbled by this recognition. It’s a direct reflection of our incredible employees and the enthusiasm they bring to work every day. Although Adobe has grown and changed significantly since its founding nearly 30 years ago, our values and commitment to creating a great place to work remain constant.
When I learned about our ranking on the list, I paused to think about what I like best about working for Adobe… I have to say it’s our 10,000 creative, passionate and innovative employees. Read what other Adobe employees have to say about working here on the Life@Adobe blog.
Each year we pay tribute to Adobe’s values (Genuine, Exceptional, Innovative, and Involved) by recognizing employees who embody them to the fullest extent with the Founders’ Award. It’s a global, peer-nominated program that we started a decade ago and one that continues to be our most prestigious employee recognition program. Our Founders’ Award recipients accomplish great things in their daily jobs, but they do so in way that’s true to the beliefs that John Warnock and Chuck Geschke instilled in our culture when they founded Adobe: treat others the way you’d like to be treated.
Today, I had the distinct pleasure of honoring this year’s 10 terrific recipients at our all-employee meeting. They ranged from a technical sales manager in Maryland who is known as “The MacGyver of Adobe” because he always thinking out of the box and working to make things better, to a technical response team member in India who is lauded for his ability to solve customer issues and his excellent capabilities as a manager.
These individuals are not only great to work with, they make Adobe a great place to work – and we have many amazing employees just like them. I invite you to learn more about what it’s like to work here on our Life@Adobe blog or on ourcareer opportunities page on Adobe.com.