How to Get a Product Management Job at Adobe

Looking to make a career move into Adobe? Buckle down because you’re in the right place! 

This famed universal software company is best known for its leading products that spread across its Creative, Document, and Marketing Cloud platforms. All these products unite with the aim to serve one mission which is to change the world through digitized experiences. Adobe works to ignite users with the right tools to revolutionize how ideas are communicated and brought to life. 

Adobe has made a breakthrough in the creative realm by becoming an entirely cloud-based company. This was not an easy transition, but having the right incentive made at the right time is one of the most impressive things Adobe continues to do as an innovative and bold company. 

Adobe continues to lead the creative industry by being on top of the charts. Most recently it has earned a spot on Fortune’s Blue Ribbon Companies for 2021 tying next to Amazon and Perspective.  

So if you’re looking to make the move to Adobe, we’re here to help. Keep reading to find information about your dream job, insider knowledge from awesome Adobe PMs, and advice on how to rock the Product Management interview.

Job Overview

  • The average salary for a Product Manager: $140,000 USD
  • Benefits: Health insurance, wellness program, generous time off, and enhanced leaves for moments that matter. Family and parenting perks as well employee professional support with educational reimbursement of $10,000 USD a year, and more. Benefits vary according to role/region. Check with your recruiter or check out their jobs portal.
  • Locations: Adobe is almost as global as its expansive customer base, meaning professionals across the world will have the opportunity to get hired. Various locations spanning 5 continents:
    • Asia: Bengaluru, New Delhi, Greater Noida,  Noida, Gurgaon.
    • Europe: Bucharest, Hamburg, Munich, London, Maidenhead.
    • North America: Denver, Emeryville, Fremont, Lehi, McLean, New York, Orem, Provo, San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Seattle, South San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Washington DC.
    • Oceania: Sydney.

Want to see how this job compares to others? Check out The Future of Product Management

Company Culture

Having gained global credibility as a market-leading software company for authoring & publishing technical content Adobe sure prides itself on being committed to creating an exceptional creative experience that doesn’t only extend to their users but also delights their employees. 

According to Great Place to Work, Adobe is just that! With a reported 96% of employees confirming that it’s a ‘great place to work’, Adobe beats out the US average of 59%. That’s happiness basically guaranteed! Employees cite the people and team spirit as the main factors behind this high level of job satisfaction.

For those who have dedicated their careers to connect the dots between business realities and new creative spheres, Adobe highly values maintaining a high level of creative juices flowing. They serve to nurture this innovative culture by remaining involved with their customers, partners, employees, and all the communities they serve. 

Adobe is also loved by its employees for being ethical and fair at a management level, and for giving teams the equipment and resources they need to succeed.

What Background Does Adobe Want From Product Managers?

There’s no magic formula for getting a job in Product Management, as every role is unique The same can be said for getting a job at Adobe.

Being a software product, coding experience is a huge benefit. If you’re coming from a software engineering background, you’ll have a stronger application. As they have the luxury of being a well-known and well-loved brand, Adobe has the advantage of picking from hundreds of applicants for a single position. While it’s not impossible to land a role without a background in engineering, it will give you an advantage.

Worried about landing a PM role without a strong technical skill set? Here’s why you shouldn’t be!

You’ll also need a few years of PM experience under your belt to get a job at Adobe.

Also, when considering a PM job at Adobe bare in mind it branches into Technical, Group, Data PMs, and more. Each one requires different backgrounds but one thing they do have in common is familiarity or experience with design. Having a strong understanding of design is handy for any PM, but with Adobe it’ll help you to empathize with and understand your users. 

Looking to up your tech and design skills? Check out our recommended mini-courses for PMs. 

Learn What It Takes to Be an Adobe PM

The best way to understand how product is done at Adobe is to learn from Adobe Product Managers! Luckily, we have a whole bunch of talks from awesome PMs over on our YouTube channel.

We’ve hand-selected a few of the best from Adobe PMs for you right here. (Don’t forget to subscribe to stay updated. We upload new talks every single week!)

The Interview Process at Adobe

Editor’s note: This is reflective of the 2020 hiring process, which may be subject to change. Be sure to check the next steps with your recruiter.

Be prepared for an intensive fast-moving interview experience to start your next venture at Adobe. But don’t sweat it, we got you covered! 

Step 1: First contact

The first step is the “easiest” but it’s also the most important. Whether it’s a conversation with a recruiter or with the hiring manager, this is your first opportunity to make a good impression. Usually a quick telephone conversation, the interviewer just wants to make sure that you tick the right boxes, and that it’s worth proceeding to the actual interview stage.

You’ll be asked about your background and your basic skill set, to ascertain whether you meet the minimum requirements to be worth considering for the job.

Step 2: Further screening

If you pass the first round, you’ll make it to further screenings, either by phone call or video chat. Depending on the team, you may meet with more than one person at the same time, or you might meet the same person three different times. During these screenings, questions will be centered around your prior experience as well as your domain knowledge. 

Step 3: Onsite rounds

Editor’s note: onsite rounds are now being held remotely. Your recruiter/hiring manager should make it clear early on what the process in your region will be like. 

If you’ve reached this stage, congratulations, you’ve passed the phone screening and are ready to properly meet the team! At this stage, a hiring manager will dig deeper into your resume, assess your leadership and problem-solving skills, as well as your capacity to collaborate with a team. Expect to be asked about past projects and any technicalities attached to them from processes to challenges and outcomes. 

This is also when culture fit will be assessed, so don’t be afraid to show your personality and let the real (but professional) you shine!

Step 4: One-hour technical interview 

If you’re applying for a technical PM position expect 4  technical back-to-back rounds of interviews, where each round candidates are eliminated – yikes! 

Technical interviews consist of the following:

  • Two rounds of coding
  • One system design interview
  • One object-oriented design interview

You might also be interested in: An Aspiring Product Manager’s Guide to Coding Interviews

Step 5: HR round

You’ve made it this far! But now is your chance to seal the deal. At this stage, you’ll be asked different behavioral and situational-type questions to understand more personal information, such as your values and what kind of employee you are. This helps Adobe to understand how you’ll operate not just as a leader, but as a human being. No one wants to work with a jerk or someone who panics easily in a crisis, or who passes the blame on to others!

Prepare to showcase how you manage conflict, future plans, why you want to work at Adobe, and what makes you an exceptional candidate. 

Typical Adobe Product Manager Interview Questions

We’ve pooled together our findings on questions asked specifically in interviews for Product Management roles at Adobe. For a more general and extensive list, check out The Ultimate List of Product Management Interview Questions.

  • Describe a project you enjoyed working on and explain why. 
  • What’s your plan of attack on a workday?
  • Tell me about a product you had worked on in a previous firm and how you’d have done differently now?
  • Why did your firm choose this particular strategy and not the other way round?
  • In your prior experience, how have you handled multi-tasking?
  • Why are you the best person to hire?
  • What is the recent trend in social media?
  • Tell us about how you’ve dealt with unexpected changes to deadlines or project scope.

(Psst, don’t forget to prepare some questions that you want to ask them! An interview is a two-way street!)

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