Symbian Reviews

Updated August 19, 2015
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  1. Symbian - a happy place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The calibre of the majority of other employees. The presence of a strong social programme. A good benefits package. The training opportunities for non-technical competencies is very good and applying and being accepted for training courses is automated and rarely declined. Communication of company news via monthly team briefs is excellent and most welcome.

    Cons

    The difficulty of removing less than stellar employees. Some of the communication is inconsistent - not all teams get the same level of quality of information cascade.

    Advice to Management

    Aggressively continue the current programme of improvements. Information in team cascades could be made more interesting and relevant to the engineering teams.


  2. Great Software Company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There was a real focus on the software, and keeping the engineers happy. More so than I have ever seen at any other company.

    Cons

    Under resourced. Our internal and external customers asked for a lot - there was always too much to do, and not enough time to do it in.

    Advice to Management

    Overall a fine job. We had a vision of the way forward, and apart from minor issues along the way, we tended to execute that vision.


  3. coolest ever on the planet earth

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    Current Employee - Packer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Packer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Symbian full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good thing that matters most

    Cons

    real good in benefits and bonus annually

    Advice to Management

    very well


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  5. Nice to work with Symbian and u love it

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Symbian full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    So much Employee friendly and good pay

    Cons

    no future for product and any way Nokia closed this product development

    Advice to Management

    wrong step


  6. Once in a lifetime opportunity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I worked at Symbian full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Symbian was one of these rare situations where a team of brilliant people come together and make the most of a tremendous market opportunity. It was an incredibly well-led company that ran like a machine and produced some of the wides ever used software on the planet.

    Cons

    Tragically, Symbian's phone vendor shareholders did not realise the potential of the people in Symbian. While the software was getting outdated and contained a lot of legacy that could not be removed, they should have used the technical talent, management capability and development process experience available in Symbian to develop a new phone OS platform that could compete on a level playing field with Google Android.


  7. From nothing to everywhere in four years!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I worked from the beginning of Symbian through to 2002. It was an awesome startup that really took over the tech press and dominated the mobile world...for a while

    Cons

    And then those pesky handset manufacturers got in the way. Shame that so much promise was squandered in the early 2000s.

    Advice to Management

    Don't mix customers with shareholders


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    A great place to work (Symbian Ltd.)

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Symbian full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Symbian was a great place to work, it had some of the smartest people I have ever met working there, and (before the takeover) the facilities and culture were excellent. We had tech talks once a month and great parties.

    Cons

    The companies structure (owned solely by manufacturers) meant it was always too beholden to a few big device makers, this had a massive impact on what we could create and how we created it, we had to do what was best for other companies, not ourselves and the product we were creating.

    Advice to Management

    Too late now, but we should have pushed the product in the direction that was best for consumers and the market rather than our shareholder companies. Symbian had touchscreen before anyone else, Symbian had a promising UI that we were forced to sell. Also, we should have paid MUCH MUCH more attention to the negative feedback we were getting from third party developers, devices (computers included) have always been about the Apps, if its too hard to create Apps, your not going to capture developer mind share, which in turn means you are not going to capture as much market share. The fact we were on 90% of smartphones and no-one else was even close, turned out to be a bad thing. We had no competition to mark ourselves against, and when iOS came out and was so far ahead in some ways (the ways that mattered), but so far behind in other ways (the ways that didn't), the threat it posed wasn't fully appreciated until it was too late.


  9. Review

    Former Employee - Director of Developer Engagements
    Former Employee - Director of Developer Engagements

    I worked at Symbian (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great working environment, amazing people

    Cons

    Company got obsoleted by Android and Apple


  10. Great Place!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Symbian full-time

    Pros

    Super smart people, brilliant offices, good pay and great benefits. Best place I ever worked!

    Cons

    The product is dying, Android and iPhone owned the market and there is no place for this old, yet brilliant OS

    Advice to Management

    You did your best, but you were unable to get all the pieces round the table to beat the juggernauts that are Apple and Google



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