Symantec

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Good place to work and improving under new leadership

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA

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

Pros

Market leading products with dominant positions
They compete in relevant markets that are not going away
Compensation seems to be in line or above average for the valley
Benefits are above average
Most groups respect work/life balance (hours aren't crazy, telecommuting is OK)
Symantec is a logo that is known and pretty well respected in the valley when you are ready to leave
Very strong corporate responsibility

Cons

Prior leadership was generally ineffective in creating company's vision, strategy and execution
Way too many silos across products and business units
Very slow moving to get things done (projects, programs, etc.)
Inconsistent in attracting and developing top young talent (i.e. post-MBA level); better at recruiting/developing post-undergrad and Sr Mgmt (director and higher), but folks in between often fall through the cracks and leave for greener pastures

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Continue to execute on Steve Benett's vision, which was very successful at Intuit. Make this a company that people want to love to work for. Take pride in career development.

On the product side, break down silos between BUs, streamline operations, shorten sales cycles, and invest in emerging technologies. Stop letting new players eat at our market share. Get back to innovating instead of reacting defensively.

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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting Changes Ahead

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

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

    Pros

    +New CEO,Steve Bennett is changing the culture to become more proactive and to have employees and management take ownership as leaders.(Top Down, Bottom Up Approach)
    +Culture is quickly improving to become more transparent and accountable
    +Reenergized workforce
    +Clearer visibility of goals and objectives

    Cons

    *The changes envisioned will take a lot of time and energy on everyone's behalf, some people have more difficulty with change than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course and focus on the positive opportunities ahead.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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