Symantec

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

  • Comp & Benefits
  • 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.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good people, poor structure - lots of politics.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Symantec

    Pros

    Good people for the most part and good pay.

    Cons

    Poor structure causes a ton of political issue and roadblock proper product development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fire everyone.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company but bad management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Symantec

    Pros

    Great benefits and campus in general. The company has great opportunity for learning.

    Cons

    The company acquired too many businesses. They do not know what to do with them. They also acquired two identical companies, which for two years could not come up with one solution for the product. A lot of time is wasted for useless meetings. A lot of similar positions. Just tell me, why do you need three program managers for less than 50 emploees producing a single product? Why do you need so many managers taking care of Program Managers, Technical Writers, QA? Most of these managers do not even know what they are doing. Management is a big problem for the company. There is so much politics everywhere. You simply don't have time to do the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am not sure that CEO knows what is going on in his divisions. He made the correct decision to cut the management, but it is also necessary to Replace the current managers. All of them and everywhere! Hire different people with an open mind and good technical knowledge instead of your current managers. Make sure that if people are working on the product for several months, this product is released. Don't waste shareholders' money for salaries, which do not produce anything for the company. Make sure that the company is making a good quality product. Stop outsoursing jobs. Hire less people in the US, and they will work a lot harder than in the other countries where you don't have any control. Create a list with the products you want to create and make sure that this is what is going to happen. Control every department and make sure that they are making the product and do not release something that has just bug fixes (and they claim it as a new product line:-)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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