Deferred compensation plan

Looking to boost your savings or retirement investments beyond the annual 401(k) contribution limits? The deferred compensation plan (DCP) is a great way for eligible employees to set aside tax-deferred income to supplement existing savings. Your money, your future.

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Who is eligible and how to enroll

U.S. director-level employees and above, and employees in equivalent positions are eligible. Participants may enroll during the annual open enrollment window. For 2024, the open enrollment window was in December 2023. If you’re already enrolled in the DCP, you must re-enroll—elections do not automatically roll over from year to year.

During an open enrollment window, visit the DCP enrollment site (SSO) to enroll or re-enroll.

Call Nolan Financial at 877-230-2432 or email for assistance.

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What you can contribute

You can contribute cash from your:

  • Base salary (5%–75%)
  • Commissions (5%–100%)
  • Annual Incentive Plan (AIP) bonus (5%–100%)

Should you elect to defer a percent of your AIP bonus, your deferral election will apply to your AIP bonus earned in the fiscal year following the year of your election. If you become newly eligible to participate in the DCP after May 1, you must wait until the following annual open enrollment period to make your AIP election.

Deferral elections are irrevocable for the year elected, and cannot be changed. Payroll contributions are calculated in a set order. Refer to this article on Inside Adobe to see the impact of your DCP deferral percentage on your other paycheck deductions, such as the 401(k) and the ESPP.

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Your investment options

You may allocate your Deferred Compensation Plan (DCP) balance across a diversified menu of investment alternatives. Although there are some differences, the options are closely aligned with the investments available in the Adobe 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan. View the DCP investment options [PDF] and DCP Quarterly Morningstar Investment Fund Facts [PDF]. You may update your DCP investment choices at any time at

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Your payment options

At the time of your enrollment, you may elect future scheduled distribution dates for your deferrals to be paid while still employed, in the form of lump sum or annual installments over five years. You also have the opportunity to designate an employment termination distribution election, which will be applied should you leave Adobe for any reason in advance of your scheduled distribution date (if elected). This termination election may be in the form of a lump sum payment, or annual installment payments over five, ten, or fifteen years. Distribution payments occur the earlier of your elected scheduled distribution date, or upon your employment termination.

Distribution eventMinimum deferral periodDistribution payment options
Scheduled distribution3 years following the deferral yearLump sum or 5 annual installments
TerminationTermination from employmentLump sum or 5, 10, or 15 annual installments

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Matching contributions

Adobe does not make matching contributions to your DCP.

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