Symantec
3.2 of 5 1,555 reviews
www.symantec.com Mountain View, CA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jun 24, 2014
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3.2 1,555 reviews

                             

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Symantec Interim CEO Michael Brown

Michael Brown

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61% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    No leadership. Managers are bullies and treat employees very badly.

    Customer Service (Former Employee)
    Portland, OR

    ProsI loved my job under VeriSign management. After the Symantec acquisition, the overall employee treatment and job morale went down. Unfair treatment and no empowerment. Managers exercise "You do as I tell you" mentality.

    ConsSenior managers with minimal education are only able to manage through intimidation and fear. Daily scolding, chaos, and unprofessional behavior. In this particular department, employees were treated unfairly, discriminated against and harassed. Managers got away with it because they were not held accountable for their actions. It was much easier to blame it on the employee. No wonder most of the work it moving to India.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to employees. Not every employee wants to sue the company for compensation. Most of us really care for the quality of our work, are ethical, and want to do the right thing. Be thorough during downsizing and make sure you don't get rid of good talent. Out with the old and in with the new. You have senior managers in Americas Customer Service located in Springfield, OR who are hurting the reputation and business of the company. Evaluate their contributions and you will soon see you need to get rid of them. Longevity does not mean quality.

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

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    Corrupt management, no desire to improve

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    Prosnothing exciting about this company

    Consno direction, no motivation, no sense of being proud

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten to your employees

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

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    Comp Plan Doesn't Make Sense

    Inside Sales Representative (Current Employee)
    Heathrow, FL

    ProsThe health benefits are good and work/life balance is typically encouraged.

    ConsNo raises, confusing comp plans, poor management. A lot of people are leaving Symantec right now and have been for about 18 months. A lot of senior leadership has left as well as tenured sales reps. Symantec is going downhill fast.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe last time I signed my comp plan, Symantec tried to take $5000 back from me that was already paid because it was essentially a pay cut that was backdated by 4 months. Not only was that illegal because you can't change someone's pay retroactively but they also took money out of my paychecks to pay them back without telling me which is also illegal. When I explained to HR that this was illegal in the state I reside, they dropped it. How many employees did this happen to that didn't fight it though?

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

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    Undervalued

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    ProsA variety of training is available.

    ConsOver pays management and under pays individual contributors. Wastes money on unnecessary expenses.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to effectively run a business from industry leaders.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't work at Symantec

    Technical Support Engineer (Former Employee)
    Eugene, OR

    ProsSymantec could be a great place to work if you are fortunate enough to be in a sales or remote product specialist position. For the most part they leave at 2 everyday or end up sleeping on the couches for half their shifts.

    ConsEver since arriving at Symantec I have been promised promotions, raises, cross training opportunities, and more. None of these things have happened, I have been told to apply for several different advanced positions only to be told after I applied that they closed the position or were going to look within their team because it was overstaffed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe consistent and stick with the company values. Stop under rewarding your hardest working employees and giving promotions to those who don't deserve it. We work hard because we want better, the ones you promote barely work at all because they don't care. Also, please realize that to some of us the name Symantec doesn't mean anything and we're not star struck enough to stay around after getting treated like dirt.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Highly NOT-Recommended; You'll be Disappointed After 1 Year

    Sales (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsCompensation is on par with similar companies. Benefits are good. The majority of people you'll work with are good hearted, talented employees who have the best intentions in mind.

    ConsToo many to list but these are toppers - 1) nearly all product lines are loosing market share so growth and profitability are limited; 2) marketing continually misses the mark with sales collateral so selling Symantec solutions is challenging; 3) HR is useless with its "you can find it on the HR web page" pat answer to questions; 4) Loyalty, passion, and hard work are quickly forgotten by leadership when the stock gets bashed and the next wave of layoffs are eminent ... sadly, you're on your own then, especially if you're in the later part of your working years. So much for the Symantec "family"!

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop onboarding defectors from HP to fill leadership and senior management positions. If they were really had talent and innovative ideas to contribute they would have done so at HP where they had tenure. Please don't hire another "quack" CEO like Steve Bennett, the "please drink this cool aid" internal programs and policies he implemented gutted the company many loyal, passionate people who stood the test of time in the trenches ... until they were riffed.

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

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    mixed

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    Proshi-tech industry, location, some opportunities

    Conslatest management is horrible, they don;t care for employees, they are mean, rude an downright insult people, extremely unprofessional. I hope I never have to see them again,

    Advice to Senior Managementgo back to basics, learn management 101 before getting hired. you do not know what you are doing.

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

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    Messy Corporate Culture. Be Prepared to Be Thrown Under the Bus

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood Money. Many good people

    ConsManagement will not look at itself as the issue and instead sacrifices underlings, often firing or laying off people who have sweated bullets.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Aimless and faltering with a complete lack of leadership, strategy or mission in a rapidly changing landscape

    Senior Product Manager (Current Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    ProsProfessional, smart, and well-adjusted individual contributors abound; though certainly not palaces, most of the company facilities are quite nice and comfortable; acceptable compensation and good benefits

    ConsCulture is very slow-moving, highly political, and risk-averse which has translated to a fear of innovation and experimentation; Peter Principle abounds, especially in senior leadership as they are struggling to understand the scale of the problems they're facing let alone coming up with a game plan to unleash the talent within the company to get us past this funk; many groups tend to be parochial and self-interested

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe employees, shareholders, and customers are fed up with the leadership churn and utter lack of strategy. Every day you dither or fail fill a key leadership function, it's another day Symantec marches closer to irrelevancy. The leadership vacuum and lack of communication has left employees thoroughly confused about our direction, operating model, and day-to-day priorities.

    Don't underestimate the amount of technical debt that's been accruing across the product groups or the level of effort required to rectify things. We have some good IP, but a lot of it is unsuitable for building next-generation solutions. Similarly, don't underestimate the dysfunction of sales and marketing.

    Stop spending good money to chase bad; there are many failed projects that need to be cut loose.

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

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    So Messy

    Project Specialist (HR) (Former Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    ProsGreat people
    inportant mission
    flexible work conditions

    ConsLeadership turnover is high
    Constantly changing direction
    Difficult to implement programs or get concensus
    No business planning
    Budget and resources are always an issue that get in the way of progress

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to stabalize this company

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

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