Symantec

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Symantec Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
1,807 Reviews
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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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    Review of Symantec Corporation in Heathrow, FL

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal SQA Engineer in Heathrow, FL
    Current Employee - Principal SQA Engineer in Heathrow, FL

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is a very stable company meaning that once you have a job, you won't get easily laid off unless you are a bad worker.

    Cons

    Very large company,but people don't leave so limited career growth opportunities. Decent pay and benefits package. Not the same small company feel that it used have as Veritas before merger with Symantec.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase benefits instead of slowly eroding them over time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Diligent engineering section with an constantly changing upper management.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Symantec

    Pros

    Good working environment, like your own office, not sharing with others. Flexible working hours

    Cons

    Unbalanced workforce racial profile.
    Three CEOs in two years.

  3.  

    Working with Clearwell team

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

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

    Pros

    Healthy working environment. Agile methodology

    Cons

    There are T\too many processes to follow. We are Slipping almost all release cycles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Transformation again.....

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Talented people that want to do a good job. Pay and benefits are good and the office environment is very nice. Symantec also offers some remote opprtunities which can be a great way to balance your life.

    Cons

    Three CEO's in the past three years and two major reorganizations have damaged the culture and the work environment. Strategy keeps changing and people are leaving either by choice or by layoffs. Company is not in growth mode at the moment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a strategy and stick to it.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company that is searching for future direction

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

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

    Pros

    Very good work environment and great people assets

    Cons

    Lack of focussed roadmap, leadership and vision

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

    A desk job that's made for coasting through your career.

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

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

    Pros

    work-life balance is wonderful. show up, sit there and do your day-to-day. they have a decent benefits package. If you're not looking to challenge yourself and are OK with being part of the herd, this is perfect.

    Cons

    Terrible management. I should have seen the red flags when my manager would say things like "I don't like managing people" or he would come in and sit at his desk all day with headphones on - not once did he join anyone else for lunch. What kind of company promotes, (that's right he was promoted) a hermit to manage a team of people?!?!? He also didn't mind throwing other people under the bus to save himself. There are no clearly defined expectations, projects are a joke as they serve vague business purposes. The worst part, this company is able to sleep at night after laying off a 5 month old pregnant woman!!! whoa... If you're looking for a company recognizes talent, fosters innovation and creativity while maintaining a moral standard... you're going to want to run far far away from Symantec.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CLEARLY DEFINED EXPECTATIONS are a must. And don't sit down with an employee and give them grades on some stupid chart that was pulled off the internet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    stable company but no growth

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

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

    Pros

    v good relaxed work environment

    Cons

    no significant growth, the company looks ok not great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it up

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Progressive company in transition

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Reasonably progressive thinking management that fully embraces and supports agile practices, remote teams, flex hours and locations, etc. Good benefits and bonus plans. Well known products with good reputation. The company is putting a lot of investment into mobile.

    Cons

    Company still in transition for more than a year so expect fairly big changes and announcements every month or so. Top management and talent have left, but new blood has come in, still it's hard to hire top talent when competing in the Valley with Google, Facebook, Apple, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to pay the price for top talent, get rid of remaining older corporate processes and complete the transition to being a more competitive, faster moving organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the Symantec of old...the good people jumped ship over the last 2 years

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

    I worked at Symantec full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some groups have a very good work environme

    Cons

    Most groups work people like slaves and a lot of upper management has no clue how to manage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean how with your VPs and Directors...if you are not positive they are great then they aren't

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    A big mess

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay, established brand, relatively good work-life balance

    Cons

    3 CEO's in the last 2 years, broken processes, huge executive turnover, continuing layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new CEO in; Cut the fat and the crappy products; make people accountable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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