What it’s like being a parent at Adobe

A photo of Jessica's family.

The thought of taking time off to care for a newborn, and then getting back to work after taking parental leave can be exciting – but it certainly can be daunting, too. Which is why Adobe has implemented policies and initiatives to assist with taking parental leave and returning to work, such as 26 weeks paid primary caregivers’ leave and a Welcome Back Program.

We spoke with Jessica Eid, Executive Assistant and Program Manager, about her experience returning to work, how Adobe’s policies assisted her and what advice she has for others returning to the workplace after an extended absence.

Tell us how long you have been at Adobe, what your current role is and a little bit about your career.

I have been with Adobe for 6 years and my current role is Executive Assistant and Program Manager. In this role I support the Director, Talent Acquisition and the Director, Talent Development for the Asia Pacific and Japan region. I joined Adobe as a Talent Coordinator in 2015 and the Asia Pacific Talent Team was much smaller back then, so I have witnessed the team grow significantly, along with the company. Prior to returning from my second maternity leave, I was an Executive Assistant and Talent Coordinator where I supported the Talent Partners and candidates from interview stage right through to onboarding. I have been in the recruitment industry for 14 years and have always been passionate about the candidate experience and supporting industry leaders to be successful in hiring the best talent.

After recently returning from parental leave, how have Adobe’s parental leave benefits helped you?

I have had 2 beautiful babies in my time with Adobe. Both times I was lucky enough to benefit from the 26 weeks paid parental leave and this is something I am very thankful for. The benefit gave me the option to enjoy more time with my babies before returning to the world as a working mum. It supported my family financially, but it also showed me that Adobe cares about giving families that bonding time. After my first child, I returned part time for the first couple of months and then built my days back up. This again was great for me as I got to ease into the transition of being with my baby every day then separating from them. The separation is harder for the parents than the child I believe!

After my second child, I took a little longer off, which was supported by my manager. The private health insurance benefit also was a massive support as it meant I had the option to go into the Private or Public hospital system and ensured that any medical needs my family have are well looked after.

A photo of Jessica's family.

How did Adobe keep-in-touch with you while you were on parental leave?

I had regular catchups with my manager so I could be updated on any major business and team changes. I was also invited to attend any team planning sessions, social sessions and was sent gifts that the rest of the team received. This made me feel like they wanted me to stay connected and come back to the business. When you are away from work for a long time, you always worry a little about your role and if the team still feels like you’re valuable. Because of the connection I had, I felt comfortable that Adobe wanted me back.

How would you compare your parental leave experience and benefits to those outside of Adobe?

I joined a mother’s group after my first child was born, and we are still a close group of friends 3 and a half years later and often talk about the good and the hard parts of parenting. I watched some of them struggle with returning to work due to the lack of support from their managers or having to go back sooner than ready due to financial reasons. The benefits Adobe offers, as well as the culture to support working mums returning to work was a very positive experience for me. My friends and my family comment often on how lucky I have been to work for a company, and a team, who are supportive.

What advice do you have for other parents returning to work?

Take it easy on yourself. It’s a hard transition emotionally when you leave your babies for the first (and second) time, even getting back in front of a computer after such a long period away is a big adjustment. Be easy on yourself and I promise it gets easier. Also, keep open communication with your manager on how you are feeling, what support you need, and be honest, as they are the ones who can make things happen for you.