Adobe named a Best Workplace in Japan for a sixth consecutive year

The Adobe Japan team.

We are proud to announce that Adobe Japan has been recognized as a Best Workplace for the sixth consecutive year by the Great Place to Work Institute. This year, we're proud to rank number 11 in the medium-sized companies category, up six spots from last year.

The Best Companies to Work For ranking is held annually and assesses job satisfaction through an employee survey. The survey evaluates several criteria including trust, values, effective leadership, innovation, and financial growth.

Based on feedback from the 2021 employee survey, Adobe Japan introduced a variety of initiatives to help employees feel more connected to each other and the company’s mission. This includes a new development program, more impactful communications, regular global days off, and more. Here’s what we’ve accomplished.

Great ideas come from everywhere in the company

The New Gen Cohort sharing a toast together.

The New Gen Cohort sharing a toast together.

As a unique project for Adobe Japan, the team launched the “New Gen Cohort Program” from June 2021 to September 2021. This program was made up of Adobe Japan employees who have been with the company for up to three years. The goal was to gather insights from these employees and improve cross-department networking and engagement among employees. During the program, participants took part in development courses led by internal and external experts, and worked as a team to create creative proposals to solve specific business challenges. These projects were then presented to the Japan leadership team, where executives could take action and implement programs that stood out to them.

One Adobe

We are proud of Adobe’s diversified business, but we know it can be a lot to learn, especially for new employees. In 2021, the team introduced an event targeted to new employees and university graduates to help them learn about the business and understand the impact they make. In the session, the leaders of each business unit introduced their team’s mission and responsibilities, shining a light on cross-divisional collaboration. It was a great way for employees to learn about the importance of the ‘One Adobe’ story.

Taking feedback to heart

Listening to our employees has never been more important. Which is why in 2021, the Japan team created a virtual suggestion box where employees can deliver their opinions directly to the Japanese leadership team at any time, completely anonymously. The leadership team promptly reviews all submitted opinions and reflects them in the company's policies. For example, the extension of Adobe’s Global Day Off benefit was prompted by the opinions received through the suggestion box.

Time to recharge and have fun

Finding the time to recharge as a company, as well as particpating in community-building virtual events has been an important part of #AdobeLife over the last few years.

In September 2020, in order to encourage all employees to take a well-deserved day off, Adobe implemented a global day-off every three weeks. This benefit was originally going to end in July 2021, but due to strong demand from employees to continue them, it was extended twice, and is currently being continued as a global wellbeing policy in 2022.

This, combined with the Japan’s team favorite event—the end of year party, has allowed employees to focus on their wellbeing and stay connected with each other. Last year’s virtual year-end party saw more then 400 employees from our Japan office gather to enjoy live performances by employees and volunteers.

Adobe Japan’s president, Tomo Kamiya, emphasized that programs like these play a key role in caring for employees, explaining that “in the face of the unprecedented pandemic, Adobe is committed to putting its employees first and has been proactive in creating a rewarding and comfortable work environment. As a result, I am delighted to have received this recognition and I’m proud of the team at Adobe Japan. Adobe will continue to make the safety and health of our employees and their families our top priority as we move forward with a variety of new initiatives and policies.”