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It is a good place to learn skill and earn experience

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Current Employee - Principal Technical Support Engineer  in  Haidian, Beijing (China)
Current Employee - Principal Technical Support Engineer in Haidian, Beijing (China)

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

Pros

This company has good benefit, and the work load is not to heavy. You could easily balance work and live. The relationship between employees is quite simple and friendly.

Cons

The teamwork between different department is not closely. Management could not integrate the several merging and acquisitions companies smoothly. Many talented products are finally failed after merging and acquisitions.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Listen to your people.
Make changes fast.

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    A political battlefield. Rather disappointing experience.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pune (India)

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

    Pros

    First of all, this review is specifically about Symantec Pune, India. Overall, the teams in US and other international locations are somewhat better. I have also read other reviews and I will confirm what they say.

    - Better pay than many other companies around in Pune. But they pay during joining, and do not give good increments.
    - Mostly Good and intelligent colleagues at engineering level. You will meet colleagues from some premier universities/institutes like IITs and NITs.
    - To some extent, it promotes innovation. But innovation is stifled at local levels is another matter.
    - Brand image is good.
    - Symantec stresses a lot on ethics. Symantec seems to be ethical overall, as a corporate citizen. But the same cannot be said about intra-company ethics.
    - Acquisition happy company. A big product portfolio. A good thing in the sense that it always has some products that are selling well in the market. But a software sales company, not a great software builder or innovator.
    - Benefits are good. No charges for lunch or breakfast (that has changed though). Gym and ATM machines in premises. Relaxing rooms when spending late hours. Insurance covers spouse, kids and parents too. No variable pay up to C grade.
    - Free Norton antivirus license for your home computer. Not bad really (though I did not use it myself, I already had another free one).

    Cons

    Many of the things that I will mention below, have been mentioned in earlier reviews. There are repeated points across many reviews, and there is truth to them.

    - Like almost half of the reviews say - Politics. Ridiculous amount of cut throat toxic politics. Sycophancy (with luck) works. Your job, success, promotions, salary hikes or the lack thereof, depends highly on politics.

    - Rampant credit snatching.

    - Almost half of the reviews mention poor management. Managers have too much power. Managers are not open to feedback, and they have their power structures. Hardly any skip level meet with upper managers. Alternative views or differences of opinion are not often tolerated. Even if you butter up your manager, always agree, stretch yourself at work, it does not matter if your manager does not like you (or your face, color, or native language). Egoistical, rude and incompetent managers is a repeated point across many reviews, and that is true.

    - Work estimates are given as per managers whims, without consulting the team. Then managers start pressuring the team to deliver within impossible time. The team stretches, works late and on weekends. And then they are blamed for low quality and/or delays. Processes are somewhat ad-hoc.

    - CYA culture, like some other reviews mention.

    - Like previous reviews say, it is not easy if you are an outsider. Highly discriminatory w.r.t. outsiders (non-locals). This is a common problem in Pune based companies, but it is tolerated to a higher extent in SYMC Pune. To support this point, I can point to specific statistics to give an overall picture. For example, the attrition rate amongst outsiders is much higher than that of locals. Most Pune upper management are locals. Many other colleagues whom I have talked to, have also felt latent discrimination in Symantec Pune.

    - Like other reviews say, growth is slow. More than the industry average number of years to get promoted.

    - Like other reviews say, very limited trainings.

    - Like other reviews say, "we have open culture", but if you discuss your genuine concerns, you will be in the blacklist. Be sure to maintain email records.

    - No serious and proper career development plans or goals. It is just a formality here.

    - To quote another review - "Political management favoring certain employees with certain relationships". well... guess what kind of relationships?
    There have been instances of managers favouring their spouse/GFs, relatives and friends. Some instances of managers in special relationship with some employees working in the same team.

    - Like another review says - It seems like an old boys network.

    - Like many reviews say, there are frequent RIFs (reduction in force, lay-offs). It does not depend on your performance, but on politics. A review says "You have to be nice with manager all the times. Manager is the key person. He can fire you without any reason, HR are followers, they are not suppose to ask a single question why.. "

    - Many reviews have said that HR is useless, powerless and inactive. Well, thats true. Unwilling to face the facts even when they stare in the face.

    - Acquisition happy company. The good senior folks of the acquired company generally leave, leaving the lower quality behind, thus further poisoning the pool over the years.

    - Like a previous review says - "What you can show, not what can be done."
    Show-offs and Talkers do better than Ideators and good engineers who perform. Stealing others' ideas is frequent.

    - In Pune, their best talent (from IITs, RECs etc) works for few years and then leaves for better pastures.

    - Shortage of hardware resources like servers for deployment and testing. Like other reviews say, the IT support services are slow.

    - Dreadful program called - Eat your own cooking. You get various Symantec products (AV, Altiris, Backupexec, PGP, etc) installed, which slow down your computer. So your shiny new work laptop with great specifications runs irritatingly slow.

    - On a technical decline, it seems. No innovative or solid product since last many years.

    - Overall, join if this is your best offer, but do not stay long. If you plan to stay longer, keep your eyes and ears open, and CYA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It all boils down to politics. Promote ethical behaviour within the organization as well. Take strict action when you suspect politics and lies, rather than ignoring it. Ignoring them is beneficial in the short run, but not in the long run. The place is filled with long timer political managers like dried moss on the walls. If politics is brought down to manageable levels, the rest of the things may fall into place - people will think, work, innovate and communicate freely, without fear of retributions.

    There is a feeling that the very high upper management is reluctant to take stern action against erring middle and upper middle managers.

    Encourage innovation, and simplify the process of submitting ideas, instead of involving managers (who want a share of the credit).

    Be strict against workplace discrimination and conflict of interest.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    No opinion of CEO
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Symantec

    Pros

    Best benefits in the entire city.

    Cons

    Management needs to get it together

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