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

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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. 1 person found this helpful

    Change and Employee Talent Retention

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Symantec full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, middle management has open door policy.

    Cons

    Lay offs took place at least twice a year, there is constant reorganization and merging of acquired talent/products. The yearly review process is cumbersome and does not allow for performance changes that are related to medical leaves of absence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Products need to have an end of life. Recruiters need to be move involved with the hiring of talent or the rehiring of talent that was laid off due to reorganization or such.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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