I have to say that Adobe takes the cake as the most inept company in the US, along with AT&T. I filed my application for the free upgrade from CS5.5 in early May, right away they asked me for the invoice, even though I had sent them PDFs of the order confirmation, and shipping confirmation which had all the information they needed, but OK, I went to my account on B&H and downloaded the invoice on PDF and sent that to Adobe. Several weeks went by and no news. In late May I sent them an inquiry through the open case they had opened for me, and they replied that they were working on it. Several days later I called, but their phone menu system is obviously designed to wear people out and get nowhere, so I started a chat online with one of their "agents". This was two Saturdays ago.
As usual I was greeted with a lot of fake politeness that those poor Indian guys are forced to shower the customer with to the point of making you sick, and the guy, after requesting my information told me that my upgrade had been approved and I was going to have it ready within 24 hours. 72 hours later and still no email or any news, so I started another chat, and this guy told me that he approved my order and that it was going to be ready again in 24 hours. Two days later, still no order link, and they close the case saying that the order had been closed and that "The order is currently processing and the download will be available in your Adobe account in 24-48 hours."
Well, two days later still no order, so again another frustrating chat session with another very polite Indian guy (I don't mean that in a demeaning way, since I like Indian people very much), who again told me that my order was going to be ready in 24 hours.
Yesterday after work, still no order, so another pointless chat session with lots of apologizing and condescending and the assurance that he was going to "escalate" this to a superior.
Absolutely fed up I called their number to see if I could -very naively of me, I admit- reach someone at their headquarters that could actually give me my serial number and download link.
After talking and being placed on hold by another guy in India, and adding another 20 minutes of wasted time to the already over two hours I wasted on chat sessions, the guy came back to tell me that he was going to investigate further and call me back, which he never did.
Today, well over a month after I submitted all the requested paperwork, and weeks after most people are happily using Adobe CS6, I'm still waiting for the upgrade I was promised.
The only other time I had to deal with such an extreme level of ineptitude was a year ago with AT&T. Different products, but same terrible customer service, and the obvious realization that these are really chaotic companies where the different departments don't communicate at all with each other, or do so very poorly. I don't blame those poor Indian guys that are probably overworked and underpaid, I blame the American executives that outsource their support to other countries, force them to be unbearably polite to where they actually waste a lot of your time saying "thank you", "I apologize" and repeating what you tell them a million times, and basically read from a script.
In other words, I'm really fed up with Adobe. I understand the fact that they have a lot of these upgrades to process and that takes time. But I'm fed up with their reps telling me that my upgrade is going to be ready in 24 hrs and ten days later it's not, and they keep telling me that over and over. That's just plain bad customer service.
Like many others, Acrobat X stopped functioning (as part of CS 6) after 30 days. I'm currently on hold... and I suspect they'll never pick up. The original message said wait times were between 2 and 4 minutes... I've been on hold now for over 55 minutes!!!!! The call center officially closed 35 minutes ago... so I know I can't hang up and call back. So glad I dropped a grand on the CS6 Master Collection upgrade for this fantastic support. All I really want is an acknowledgement that there's a problem and they're working on it. Instead they don't seem to want to admit or talk about it. Really makes me question MY loyalty to a company that doesn't seem to have any regard for a paying customer!!
I don't know why the Adobe forums suddenly asked me to sign up for the forum again, even though my registered address with them remain the same, but I mention it so you know I'm the OP.
Just a day after I posted this I had a great customer service experience from a Tier 3 manager, so I want to mention it as well. On Wednesday on my way home from work I called the Adobe headquarters in California (you can google the number easily) and I explained my problem to the woman that answered the phone, so she transferred me to a guy that she said was overseas but was a manager that would help me. I thought to myself, here we go again. After explaining my case to this manager, a very nice guy called Gautam Garg, he asked me to give him 24 hours so he could check on my case, and that he was going to call me back at the same time the next day. I told him that he was telling me the same thing all these other reps had told me before, to give them 24 hours and one of them even told me he was going to call me back and never did. Gautam told me that this was different, that he was going to send me an email right away to prove it and work on my case. I thought to myself, yeah right, like this guy is going to call me back.
Less than an hour later, he calls me back at my home number and tells me that the problem seemed to be that my address was in Kenya. The street address, state and zip code were the real ones, but the country showed as Kenya instead of the USA. I told him it was obviously a glitch in their system. So he told me that instead of the download, he was going to send me the boxed product. I still had my doubts it was going to happen, but I told him I would much rather have the boxed product than the download, so I thanked him for it.
Having seen the previous bureaucracy at Adobe I figured it would take me a couple of weeks to get that box, but still I was happy I was getting the box instead of the download, so I decided to wait. But not even a day after I talked to Gautam, I got an email from Adobe saying that my CS6 had shipped already, using Fedex overnight and gave me a tracking number.
On Friday I came home from work and my CS6 box was already here. I sent an email to Gautam to thank him and I told him that he should get a big raise along with a promotion, because I talked to all those other people using open cases, chat and one phone call before him, and none of those ten people or so did enough to solve my problem, while he went into the system and checked what was wrong with my order and solved me problem in less than an hour. I don't know if the other people that worked on my case were incredibly negligent, but maybe they're not, maybe the support methodology Adobe has for their customer service centers is what's really negligent. Perhaps what Gautam was able to do in less than an hour, all the other people didn't have access to. I don't have a way to know that, but it can't be possible that I have to waste so much time to get the free upgrade I had requested over a month earlier. Still, I'm happy that out of this I got the box instead of the download, so at the end I'm happy with their customer service, but they have to go a long way to make it better so people don't have to go through lots of chats and phone calls to get what they need.