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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 Management

fire everyone.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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:-)

  2. Helpful (1)

    Change and Employee Talent Retention

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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