Symantec

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Good engineering teams, bad boardroom

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

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

Pros

The software and IT engineers were very experienced, knowledgeable and friendly. The mid level and project managers were very good and organized. Communication between and within teams was good.

Cons

The senior upper management seemed to not really know how to properly run a technical software company: their focus seemed to me on marketing and sales rather than making a quality product. Important teams were outsourced to India and China with much less efficient results and lower quality code.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Focus on making great products, not on driving your stock up. Let your employees create great products and stop with the cost-cutting, layoffs, and outsourcing.
Off topic: entirely overhaul your UI/UX design process: the software has been getting harder to use, not easier.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Getting ready for takeoff!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Benefits
    20K+ company has lots of opportunities for mobility

    Cons

    6 months ago, I could write a laundry list, but things have certainly changed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Steve Bennett is the real deal!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great people, benefits and work/life balance, with good work schedule flexibility; no upward mobility or clear vision

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Lindon, UT
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Lindon, UT

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is better than average, benefits are great, and the culture is good, people are great at the office. Challenging engineering problems are always present, and flexibility in work schedule and process allows for creative solutions. Symantec has just picked up a new CEO that is laser focused on reinvigorating the business, and this is providing a more positive outlook on the future.

    Cons

    'Thrashing' occurs frequently because of the loose process and somewhat ambiguous direction or absence of vision. Layoffs have occurred multiple times so there is always a looming apprehension about this reoccurring. A career track is virtually non-existent - it seems as though most are destined to remain in their hired positions for the length of their employment, rather than be encouraged to promote up. A common direction and enthusiasm for the business has been absent for some time, but may turn around with Steve Bennett as CEO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage more enthusiasm for the business, and emphasize the importance of each role in the company as a vital part of the future success. Promote up key/star employees within the company, and foster a competitive culture that encourages more of this. Align all business units with focus that is in sync with Symantec's vision, and communicate more effectively how each business unit is a part of that vision.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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