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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

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

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    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.


    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.

Symbian Interviews

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Interview Experience


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Getting an Interview


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Interview Difficulty




    Principal Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore (India)
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview


    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Symbian (Bangalore (India)).


    Entire process was fast and 3 round o interviews scheduled on a same day. First round was technical interview by panel, followed by Engineering Manager and finally by HR. Offer was made on the sopt.

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    Negotiation did not work out, but it was a good offer.

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Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Size 1 to 5 Employees
Operated By Out of Business
Founded Unknown
Type Nonprofit Organization
Industry Information Technology
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable per year
Competitors Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry

The Symbian Foundation (formerly Symbian Ltd.) hopes that its relationships with mobile device makers will be mutually beneficial. The organization develops and licenses the leading global operating system for so-called "smartphones" (mobile phones with advanced features such as email capability and Web browsing). Symbian's licensees include leading global mobile phone maker Nokia, as well as other top manufacturers including Sony Ericsson, Samsung Electronics, Fujitsu, LG Electronics, Mitsubishi Electric, and Sharp. The Symbian mobile operating system is developed and... More

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