Symantec

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Symantec Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
1,777 Reviews
3.3
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Pros
  • Work life balance makes this company stand high in all IT product companies (in 224 reviews)

  • Great work environment - Facilities to employees at good (in 123 reviews)


Cons
  • Terrible work life balance, although they will say they value this (in 36 reviews)

  • Need internal sales talk to senior management to keep or find new position at RIF (in 67 reviews)

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    Principal business intelligence analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Principal in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Good environment to work here

    Cons

    No cash bonus and less workplace amenities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Taking a downhill dive

    Current Employee - Internal Territory Account Representative
    Current Employee - Internal Territory Account Representative

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It is a job that provides a pay check.

    Cons

    New 4.0 strategy is all hype. Company has changed into a micro managed hellion. Management makes a decision one day and then does an about face the next. They need to make a decision and stick with it for at least a full quarter. Abundance of products that staff is expected to be knowledgable about, but adequate training is lacking. Management tries to enlist fear in order to push sales staff to produce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See above.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Innovation not allowed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Development Manager
    Former Employee - Development Manager

    I worked at Symantec full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart engineers with vast expertise on Microsoft Windows.

    Cons

    Old timers doing things the old way. Overly conservative. The company still thinks it can live on Windows platform for the foreseeable future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break the old boys' club.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    AVOID until 2016

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It used to be an amazing place to work. Best and most rewarding time of my career. As a result of the company transition, the place is a mess, poor decisions are being made, there is no opportunity for growth and only negative returns for your efforts.

    Cons

    All new executive team and middle management level. The VAST majority of managers have no experience in the areas they are now leading. We're unsure how it happened, but it did. If they took a job description and someone's resume, there would be no match. Even worse, they have no self awareness. So you have Sr. Directors and Directors who are new to their roles, do not have the background or experience for that role, and are unwilling to ask the managers remaining who do have the background and experience for any input. The end result is that poor decisions are being made and consensus and group think are beginning to occur. The mantra is "lead with courage" but it is not happening. If you speak up you are deemed out of line. When Bennett took over I believed in his vision. But if the company doesn't course correct quickly with the middle managers, they won't get there. I advise anyone looking for a job to stay away for the next few years until the company is able to identify the mistakes they've made in terms of talent/management decisions and correct it. If however, you're a glutton for punishment, are looking to take steps back in your career, or feel like watching a less entertaining version of "the office" on a daily basis, by all means...apply.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a much closer look at your sr. director and director levels and do it quickly. The change you're looking for, the leadership you need to keep your front line and individual contributors is not there. They are not living the leadership success profile and they do not have enough self awareness, experience, or humility to realize it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK company to work for with good work/life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Open environment,not much pressure,Lot of events to connect with the leadership,lot of company wide events

    Cons

    Bureacracy,Bad pay package,no free food,No persistence to ideas,No sync in different team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should take care of employee needs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Poor Mgmt, Backstabbing and pure politics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Renewals Representative in Springfield, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Renewals Representative in Springfield, OR

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

    Pros

    CEO is very good and creates real strategic visions. I'll be happy to finish up though in a few weeks.

    Cons

    > Poor inexperienced Sales Management
    > Sales is more Data Management as oppose to selling. You spend more time cleaning data than doing the job the company hired you for
    > Very politically driven "you watch my back and I'll watch yours"
    > Management are very clingy and two faced
    > CEO has created an outstanding strategy but unfortunately still to today, we dont get the same message on the ground.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be realistic, honest and fair. Get some training around the people aspects of the job as clearly you dont have a clue. We are humans after all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Enterprise Sales - SYMC "4.0" thinks this is shrink-wrapped software sales...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Executive
    Current Employee - Sales Executive

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

    Pros

    Excellent products
    Unlimited comp plan
    Depending on the team, the other reps around you are genuinely helpful.
    Brand equity is still valuable on your resume.

    Cons

    As an AE, you spend a ton of time doing post-sales customer hand-holding because support is so overworked.

    Very political. If you aren't juiced in, you aren't going anywhere. This applies not only to
    promotion opportunities, but your quota as well.

    Not a sales-led culture.

    Senior management seems to hate having a sales force. There are a ton of Intuit people running around and they all seem to think that high scale enterprise class software can be sold via an eCommerce strategy.

    They hacked a ton of roles out and are now leaning harder on sales and support staff. I am today doing what 1.5 people historically did.

    While comp is in theory unlimited, the chances to overachieve are difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seriously, enough with the "wing-to-wing", "End-to-end", "mindset", and so on. I'm not looking to join a cult and I'm not some 23 year old kid fresh out of school looking for an identity. I'm a professional. Please respect that. Build products that work, support them, and realize that no customer is planning on dropping 7 figures on enterprise software with webinars and talking to some desk jockey on a headset in Springfield.

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

    Long in the tooth products and no respect for the individual.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer/Project Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer/Project Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Symantec full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There are some hard-working professional individuals at Symantec who truly have a professional demeanor and team work ethic.

    Cons

    Ineffectual HR, upper and mid management that have no respect for the individual field force in particular customer facing presales analysts and engineers. Sales reps have degenerated to the level of shifting the blame to cover for software solutions and badly need of update. Security's software solutions take precedence in terms of technology updates wearers storage software solutions updates take backseat. Sales reps are allowed to demean and denigrate customer facing presales employees without being discipline in a abrasive toxic culture. Sales reps or below quota are allowed to languish in be allowed to blame presales individuals who are diligently working to improve Symantec's solutions for the customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve respect for the individual from upper management down to the field employees. Foster a team spirit within management. Have a zero-tolerance policy in place for Sales reps who demean and denigrate customer facing pre sales / post sales employees. Invest more resources and development for updates for all of Symantec software solutions to keep them up-to-date and competitive and reliable.

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

    Not the best job for motivated sales individuals

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Territory Account Manager in Springfield, OR
    Current Employee - Inside Territory Account Manager in Springfield, OR

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, time off, gym, cafeteria, free food at Quarter end

    Cons

    Micro management, mundane work, toxic atmosphere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    2 years in product organization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    - growth by acquisition has led to diversity in management styles which are ultimately good for the business
    - if you excel at politics, this is the place for you!

    Cons

    - watch out for Steve Bennett and his outwardly friendly demeanor. He has made some questionable hires into his direct staff, and the veteran executives are scared to tell him the truth. There is an air of politics that has created a "yes-men" culture (yes! He fired all his female direct reports upon arrival!) which will not produce results in the long term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Steve and team need to think about how they can show up as role models to a diverse employee base. Some employees see him as a father figure, but he needs to engender those that don't if he truly wants a diverse workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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