“What hours will I be working?” “What is the hourly rate of pay?” That used to be the extent of the employee questions during the job interview. Other questions, vacation time, for example, would make the employer narrow his eyes. You were starting to sound shiftless and lazy. It would be better to get the job and hope that the working conditions were palatable. Either that or hope morale improved so the beatings would come to a swift end.
Times have changed, and job interviews have, as well. Millennials ask questions in an interview that Baby Boomers would never have dreamed of asking. Are they savvier than the rest of us? Or, are they pampered? Whichever the case may be, America’s new workforce entrants think that there is more to a benefits package than a hefty salary and two weeks of vacation over the 4th of July. Things like work/life balance and working for a company with a social conscience. Those things are part of the equation for the newest generation on the job market.
While some companies haven’t caught the new trend, others have. The trendiest and most forward-thinking outfits are meeting and exceeding the expectations of potential employees. Yes, indeed, more than several companies are moving in the right direction, but one stands alone. This according to a recent Forbes survey of workers who have been employed less than one year. Gildshire wanted to find out more about the best company for new graduates.
To be perfectly honest, we were surprised at the winner. Google (or, Alphabet) is known for overall excellence in the category of corporate culture. They usually win these types of surveys.
Not this year. Adobe Systems unseated the company with the cute name. Adobe, based in San Jose, California, understands the changing needs of entry-level employees in 2018.
Over 15,000 employees call Adobe their home away from home, and it starts before the new employee becomes official. Adobe begins the construction of your career through a program called Adobe Internship. The company pays visits to hundreds of university and college campuses all over the country. They scour organizations like Girls Who Code and Technovation, turning the organizations’ members into Adobe interns. They’re seeking out talented individuals who have a burning desire to create results through I.T. innovation and teamwork.
Oh, but there is one more thing that Adobe needs. They seek employees who know that the day they graduate is not the end of their learning process. Each new hire starts with a program titled Accelerate Adobe Life. It’s several sessions that focus on Adobe’s standards and practices. One important part of the initiation process is called “Breaking Bias.” It’s an initiative that teaches workers to overcome unconscious biases. From there, learning and leadership development guide the employee toward the career path they desire. An annual educational reimbursement of up to $10,000 is available, and Adobe encourages every employee to partake. In short, the company believes that intentional and formal learning should never end.
Adobe is all about community service, and that community may stretch around the world. Last year, over 64% of Adobe employees were engaged in social impact initiatives. Forty-five percent accessed Adobe’s groundbreaking grant-matching Adobe Foundation program. Over $6 million was dispersed from Adobe to charities all over the world. These monies help bring food, clean water, and education to an underserved population, here and abroad.
While charitable employees help others, the company takes care of its own. Adobe, as in ALL of Adobe, takes summer breaks and winter breaks. Maternity, paternity, medical, and family leave are encouraged should the need arise.
So, to answer our questions at the top of the page, the hours are good, and the pay is excellent. But, that’s only the beginning of Adobe’s victorious employee satisfaction story. The whole story is told in the culture and atmosphere in a day in the life of Adobe’s employees. Gildshire Magazines congratulates Adobe on its progressive stances and company culture.