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Symantec Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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3.2 1,573 reviews

36% Approve of the CEO

Symantec Interim CEO Michael Brown

Michael Brown

(61 ratings)

61% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance makes this company stand high in all IT product companies(in 191 reviews)

  • Great work environment - Facilities to employees at good(in 105 reviews)


Cons
  • Terrible work life balance, although they will say they value this(in 35 reviews)

  • Need internal sales talk to senior management to keep or find new position at RIF(in 63 reviews)

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    Overall would not recommend this company to a friend, there is no clear strategy or direction of the company

    Director (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsNice work environment. Engineers have their own offices. Good work/life balance.

    ConsToo much leadership turnover in recent years. No clear strategy. Lots of instability internally.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Was a great place to work but not any longer

    IT Project Manager (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsWas great till John Thompson was CEO. As long as company was growing there were opportunities for career growth.

    ConsMgmt was slow to react to the mobile market
    IT was outsourced and now is being in sourced indicating how flawed the original strategy was with the former CFO (James Beer) and CIO (David Thompson).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great benefits

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe benefits are really good.

    ConsCareer outlook is horrible, if you want to grow.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Imploding

    Manager (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsThe front line employees are exceptional people for the most part. Co has really great benefits.

    ConsMost people with VP in their title achieved that by taking credit for their people's hard work. Or by stabbing their peers in the back. The latest (former) CEO did not follow his own "Say/Do" ratio. Many good people and true leaders were lost in the process.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe Data Center/Storage and Security experiment has failed. Break the company out into it's core functions. Get out of your ivory tower and start listening to your people. Gut the Executive level, and force all VPs to reapply for their jobs.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bad management

    Functional Lead (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsCompany still has great customer retention because of their great products

    ConsObviously they needed a new CEO with some serious planning and management vision. The culture here has been taken over by India culture. If your not form India, you have very little chance of getting anywhere. They take care of themselves!

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to come back to an American based culture and management styles.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people in lower and middle management

    Senior Business Operations Analyst (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsEveryone is very mature around the office. It feels like an old networking or hardware company, where there are a lot of people that you can learn the ins and outs of business from.

    ConsThe maturity of the workers also makes it feel like there is a lack of energy or push forward. Everyone has been riding the renewals train for so long, they forgot how to get it moving when it stops. There didn't seem to be many opportunities to move up or around

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Chaos is the norm

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood corporate benefits, facilities are very good, working environment is high-energy and friendly, cross-team and cross-organizational collaboration is encouraged, employee programs are plentiful.

    ConsRe-Organization and chaos is the norm across the company. For several years, especially 2012-13, the organization has seen continual indiscriminate gutting (aka RIFs) of employees at every level, leaving gaps in operational areas, communications, ownership of major processes and relationships. Talent is lost daily as knowledgeable employees leave or are replaced from outside at higher costs. Managers are not expected to be leaders or mentors, nor are these skills developed or demonstrated. Career paths are non-existent, and performance evaluations are completely subjective with no standard criteria or objectives applied. Outside of HR, processes and standard operations are nearly non-existent. There are so many highly skilled people who have lost the drive to contribute or lead because growth, progress, and implementing stable improvement is futile.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStick with an Organization Plan and a Leadership Team. Communicate and Manage Down. Hold Managers accountable for both development and loss of talent. Walk Your Talk about Employee Value.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Dead end jobs and no training

    Senior Technical Support Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsLots of opportunity to telecommute; some very smart people in the technical teams; if you're not in Sales or middle management, then job security is very good. Paychecks don't bounce.

    ConsNo investment in the "individual contributor" employees. There is no technical training for technical support, not even on our own products. I've not been to class since 2008. No career path; prime positions are always given to the hiring manager's college buddy. A lot of people have given up and just put in the bare minimum not to get fired.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPick a direction and stick with it. We re-org every 2 years, always reversing direction, and make zero progress. Invest in the employees. They are capable of a lot more than what you let them do.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sr software engineer

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) Culver City, CA

    ProsIt is like any other high pressure IT company

    ConsHigh pressure, lots of politics.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Symantec ebusiness group is in death spiral

    Software Engineering (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsGood cafeteria, close to Google and good eating places.

    ConsAbsolutely no respect for talent and typical cronyism you see in large companies that are lagging in innovation. Management holds grudges on people and retributions are common. Re-orgs are used as a method to eliminate people who question leaders on their decision. Leadership team members have absolutely no knowledge of technology or Symantec's business processes and they initiate projects which have absolutely no benefit for Symantec's bottom-line. Wall St. notices that very well. Talent is leaving this company in hoards and the talent that is still is just waiting to leave. Don't come here if you have options.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReplace middle management entirely with new people who have strong technical background

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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