Symantec Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
1,761 Reviews

3.3
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Pros
  • Work life balance makes this company stand high in all IT product companies (in 192 reviews)

  • Great work environment - Facilities to employees at good (in 106 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 64 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Cold Hearted Organization

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    Former Employee - Corporate Recruiter  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Corporate Recruiter in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Symantec full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Having had the privilege to work with smart and great people made my time with them worth it.

    Cons

    Leadership has absolutely no conscience and myopic values that change with the wind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I always scratch my head when I see valuable talent walked out the door while those with no heart, passion, vision, or gusto keep their jobs. Really glad that I'm not there any longer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Daylight robbery - CEO robbing people of PTO and moving value to Shareholder

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    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Symantec full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work-life balance: If you dont want to work too hard and just want to cruise along, this might be a great company to work for.

    Cons

    Career development: 3 CEOs in 2 years, all of senior management has changed, Interim CEO has implemented mandatory PTO to reduce liability on this books (this essentially moves the money from employees who have already earned the benefits into shareholders pockets).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop stealing from your employees or you will not have any employees left to steal from.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    SOSo,

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Symantec

    Pros

    You have good culture, vey slow

    Cons

    Bad management, very political and stressful

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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Glory days of the company are long gone, only misery and incompetence remains

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    Former Employee - Alpha and Omega  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Alpha and Omega in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Symantec full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    At the time I left there were really none, and according to all accounts it has not gotten any better. As a previous review stated spot on, the politics are worse than Washington D.C. so I guess if you love playing political games this may be a positive for you.

    Cons

    The uncertainty and upheaval that have taken place the past few years has already been well documented here in previous reviews and elsewhere. What is less discussed is the enormous amount of 'brain drain' that has taken place as a result. Very few truly technically competent individuals remain, and the few that do remain are basically in hands-off-the-code 'technical' 'leadership' positions where they generally sit around doing next to nothing to earn their enormous and unjustified salaries, and were far more survivors of the political game as previously noted and endless purges than actually accomplished technical savants, gurus, etc. This refers to the bulk of D, E, and higher level technical employees from principal and senior principal to architect to fellow and distinguished engineer as well as technical director and VP.

    The bulk of the actual coding developers and engineers now are extremely low skilled H1B Visa employees, at least in the states, as the company has attempted to maintain its profit margins by gutting the 'overpriced' competent technical staff and replacing it en masse with cheaper labor. These are the B, C, and D grade grunts in the trenches. But as the saying goes, "you get what you pay for" or in this case, what you don't pay for, with the result being a tremendous drop in quality and talent over the past few years and hence the loss of virtually all competitive advantage and in fact being left behind or completely missing the market on new and emerging technologies.

    At this point there are really only 4 types of employees at Symantec - 1 is the executive leadership and board of directors who have played the political game to perfection up to this point, second are the wannabe #1s - the lower management, technical management, and middle management which has been gutted the past couple of years but no where near enough to where it should be as there are still endless redundancies and tremendous amounts of gross incompetence among its ranks. Third are the aforementioned H1B Visa low(er) pay and even lower skilled workers, who are flourishing. Fourth and final are the dying breed, the regular old timer technical employees that never or poorly played the political game and have all but become extinct. If you are 1-3 you have great potential on this slowly sinking ship, but for #4 there is a much better life for you elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is more general advice to the average employee. Given how quickly management and staff is culled at the company from top to bottom and how it is slowly sinking, be ready to jump at any moment thus have your contacts, network, resume etc. all in place and ready to go. If you really want to find out how valuable you are to the company, give them notice - if your manager/director and manager's manager (director/VP) drop everything and throw a counter at you (usually to the tune of 25-50% more salary and other benefits, perks, etc.) you KNOW they have been using and abusing you and vastly underpaying you, and are now scrambling to keep you after no doubt years of mistreatment. If not, well, have your ducks in a row and jump!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    No leadership. Managers are bullies and treat employees very badly.

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    Former Employee - Customer Service  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Portland, OR

    I worked at Symantec full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    Senior 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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Corrupt management, no desire to improve

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Symantec full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    nothing exciting about this company

    Cons

    no direction, no motivation, no sense of being proud

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Comp Plan Doesn't Make Sense

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative  in  Heathrow, FL
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Heathrow, FL

    I have been working at Symantec full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Undervalued

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Symantec full-time

    Pros

    A variety of training is available.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to effectively run a business from industry leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't work at Symantec

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer  in  Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Eugene, OR

    I worked at Symantec full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Symantec 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.

    Cons

    Ever 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Sales  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY

    I worked at Symantec full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Compensation 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.

    Cons

    Too 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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