Symantec Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    2 years in product organization

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    • 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 for more than a 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
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Same 'ole, same 'ole...

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Symantec

    Pros

    Pay is fair and remote work allowed.

    Cons

    "Re-org" of the company is still going on after being announced in late 2012! Teams left in limbo not knowing if they will have a job or not for far too long. Meanwhile, land-grabs for power are going on. New C-Level leadership wanted to create a new culture and it was needed, but it's taken WAY too long and their actions don't match their words. Sad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the CIO - nothing positive will change in technology if M.H. is still there. He is in over his head, does not understand anything to do with security, risk, or complex IT infrastructure, and he can't make a decision to save his life. Time for him to go. Too bad you thought he was "4.0" material - suck it up that you made a bad decision and get rid of him before he does more damage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a pleasant place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    they pay you a lot of money, but you pay for it in the end

    Cons

    lots of hype and ego. very little humanity and true values that they tout themselves for. I wouldn't recommend this company. Terrible work life balance, although they will say they value this. the company is in major upheaval. I worked there for over 3 years and I never heard anyone speak about the satisfaction of the customer. It was always our performance, how good do we look, how much money do we make. The people that work here are at a very low level of evolution. If you want to be a workaholic and pat yourself on the back for your accomplishments, have at it. If you want to have a real life with real relationships, I would suggest working somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    people are human beings

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    SYMC 4.0 continues to be management heavy

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

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

    Pros

    work life balance, good location along 101, good cafeteria.

    Cons

    - Highly political climate. The restructuring was touted as a management simplification drive, however the majority of people let go are Individual Contributors. The re-org is strange as now you have Senior Managers reporting to another Senior Manager. Once again the management has won by keeping itself safe. How do you expect SYMC 4.0 to take off with the same management in charge of the company?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - layoff the people from Management - Directors and Senior Managers.
    - If you really want to achieve a flat organization, everyone should report to a Director level person. The Senior Manager/Manager roles should be abolished when it comes to direct reports. This will give a level playing field to all employees.
    - Introduce a culture where the Senior executives - VP, etc. meet with the team on a one on one basis regularly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company but bad management.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Symantec

    Pros

    Great benefits and campus in general. The company has great opportunity for learning.

    Cons

    The company acquired too many businesses. They do not know what to do with them. They also acquired two identical companies, which for two years could not come up with one solution for the product. A lot of time is wasted for useless meetings. A lot of similar positions. Just tell me, why do you need three program managers for less than 50 emploees producing a single product? Why do you need so many managers taking care of Program Managers, Technical Writers, QA? Most of these managers do not even know what they are doing. Management is a big problem for the company. There is so much politics everywhere. You simply don't have time to do the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am not sure that CEO knows what is going on in his divisions. He made the correct decision to cut the management, but it is also necessary to Replace the current managers. All of them and everywhere! Hire different people with an open mind and good technical knowledge instead of your current managers. Make sure that if people are working on the product for several months, this product is released. Don't waste shareholders' money for salaries, which do not produce anything for the company. Make sure that the company is making a good quality product. Stop outsoursing jobs. Hire less people in the US, and they will work a lot harder than in the other countries where you don't have any control. Create a list with the products you want to create and make sure that this is what is going to happen. Control every department and make sure that they are making the product and do not release something that has just bug fixes (and they claim it as a new product line:-)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not focused on employees at all

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Good collaborative working environment
    Friendly people

    Cons

    Management should focus more on employees' careers and back them during hard times. Re-orgs are very common and when those happen it's common at symantec to terminate employment of several good people. This hurts morale a lot

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look after the employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Executive

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    Former Employee - M&A Program Director  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - M&A Program Director in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Symantec as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    interesting products with lots of potential

    Cons

    political and very hard to navigate ...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of IT gang start from scratch

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    Dysfunctional organization with clueless top management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, relaxed work environment, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Lack of capable upper management
    Company has no clear direction: bites way more than it can chew and as a result the finished results of the projects are terrible
    Very dysfunctional organization as a whole, every functional manager thinks only to their benefit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees every once in a while and dont blame your short comings

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Confusing Strategy and Year round lay-off continue at Symantec

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    people and friendship
    markets play-in

    Cons

    poor leadership at top
    joke execution
    constant failed acquisitions
    year round lay-off
    short-sight view - quarterly P & L only

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    whatever

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Left after 4 months. Highly focused on useless PPT presentations . . All fluff and no punch

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Global Program Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Global Program Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Symantec

    Pros

    Good Company
    Some departments appear to be managing against measurable performance standards
    Good product and services

    Cons

    Your success could be highly dependent on the group you are hired into
    Some of the business managers put all of their effort into PPT presentations, while in reality their departments are flailing and they do not have the skills to lead
    Coming from an engineering, no nonsense background I found the endless focus upon useless presentations a clear indication that many of the middle directors are in fact lost and do not know what to do specifically to actually gain traction.
    I might try Symantec again in a different group or after some of the directors have "transitioned".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire anyone who tries to present more than 20 slides. On a serious note, make sure your business directors have the technical staff & understanding required to oversee what has been outsourced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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