Take a look inside the vibrant headquarters of $67 billion Adobe, where employees can hit the gym and learn to cook for free

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Take a look inside Adobe’s colorful headquarters.
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You’d expect Adobe to have a pretty snazzy office.

After all, the global software company that sells creative multimedia products specializes in visuals.

Well, recently, Adobe gave Business Insider a peek into their San Jose, California, headquarters. Let’s just say, the $67.09 billion company’s office tour did not disappoint.

Here’s a look at Adobe’s office, along with some details on what perks employees enjoy there:


Adobe first moved its headquarters to downtown San Jose, California, in 1994.

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2,500 people work at the company’s headquarters today. That’s one in six of its total 15,000 worldwide employees.

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Recently, the company’s headquarters underwent a renovation, led by design company Gensler, updating 143,000 square feet of its workspace.

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The updates weren’t just utilitarian — there’s plenty of art throughout the workspace now. “Our workspaces show off our creative, innovative, and collaborative culture by putting a heavy emphasis on inspirational design and aesthetics that reflect the vibrancy of our brand,” Jonathan Francom, Adobe’s vice president of global workplace solutions, tells Business Insider.

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This particular piece was actually created by design firm Antlre Creative, in collaboration with Adobe’s digital video and audio team. It’s the visualization of an Adobe employee’s voice.

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And on the building’s Photoshop floor, there are several “time capsule” phone booths. Here’s the 1990 booth — note the old Macintosh model running Photoshop 1.0. Whenever you step in to make a phone call, you’re stepping back in time.

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One of the office’s lobbies now has a touch screen that lets guests and employees summon creative inspiration with a flick of their fingers — the screen responds to search terms with images and illustrations.

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Employees looking for an afternoon pick-me-up can head to the office’s coffee bar to grab a latte, a cappuccino, or some matcha green tea. If they’re hungry, they can also pick up some Nutella cheesecake or raspberry macarons from the in-house pastry chef. Baristas also spice up the menu with daily specials like Vietnamese iced coffee. There’s also free drip coffee for people who like to keep things simple.

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There are plenty of other places to grab some grub around Adobe’s headquarters. The food isn’t free across the board, but it’s all subsidized for employees. This particular spot, Layers, is a café featuring coffee and 100% nut-free sandwiches, like the pun-tastic AdoBLT.

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Every Friday, employees gather in Layers for free beer, wine, cheese plates, and even some arcade-style basketball games.

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Palettes is a slightly bigger cafè with a focus on local ingredients. There’s a fresh salad bar, sushi, tacos, and falafel.

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The design for Palettes was inspired by Silicon Valley’s history as an orchard.

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This part of the office around Palettes also features a community garden and a living plant wall.

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Templates is the third and biggest café.

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The theme here is “comfort food from around the world.”

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Employees can grab curry, Asian wok stir fries, tandoori breads, or burgers.

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Workers looking to sharpen their culinary skills can also stop by for cooking lessons from the company’s executive chef.

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There’s also an outdoor patio that’s open to employees at all times.

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Up here, people can work, eat, or just take a break to recharge and talk with coworkers. It’s also a great spot for team events.

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The perks at Adobe don’t just revolve around eating and sitting, though. The office has its own wellness center.

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The center is free for employees and holds group fitness classes like spin, yoga, and bootcamp.

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The wellness center’s gym is equipped with weights, cardio equipment, and a QueenAx training system, which is a customizable training frame.

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And if the open meditation room isn’t private enough for employees, there’s also a “Peace in a Pod” Somadome on-site, which allows Adobe workers to embark on a guided meditation experience in a personal capsule.

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Massages are also offered to employees at discounted prices.

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And the amenities don’t stop there. Adobe also offers on-site vehicle maintenance, dry cleaning, bicycle repair and rental, as well as mother’s rooms.

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Adobe’s employees have responded positively to the perks. They rate them 4.6 stars out of 5 on Glassdoor.

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Source: Glassdoor


One of the biggest gathering spots in the office is known as “the steps.” The amphitheater includes a giant display screen, and enough seats for 170 employees — not to mention ping pong tables for a little good-natured competition.

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“At the end of the day, we’re hoping to bring people together and spark innovation,” Francom tells Business Insider.

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Adobe employs an open office design …

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… but there are plenty of spaces that allow you to slip away …

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… and enjoy a quiet moment or two.

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“We’ve created a variety of community areas and alternative work spaces that give our employees the ability to choose where and how to work, and provides the opportunity to meet up and collaborate in new ways,” Francom says.

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