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AVOID until 2016

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Current Employee - Senior Manager in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Senior Manager in Mountain View, CA

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

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

It used to be an amazing place to work. Best and most rewarding time of my career. As a result of the company transition, the place is a mess, poor decisions are being made, there is no opportunity for growth and only negative returns for your efforts.

Cons

All new executive team and middle management level. The VAST majority of managers have no experience in the areas they are now leading. We're unsure how it happened, but it did. If they took a job description and someone's resume, there would be no match. Even worse, they have no self awareness. So you have Sr. Directors and Directors who are new to their roles, do not have the background or experience for that role, and are unwilling to ask the managers remaining who do have the background and experience for any input. The end result is that poor decisions are being made and consensus and group think are beginning to occur. The mantra is "lead with courage" but it is not happening. If you speak up you are deemed out of line. When Bennett took over I believed in his vision. But if the company doesn't course correct quickly with the middle managers, they won't get there. I advise anyone looking for a job to stay away for the next few years until the company is able to identify the mistakes they've made in terms of talent/management decisions and correct it. If however, you're a glutton for punishment, are looking to take steps back in your career, or feel like watching a less entertaining version of "the office" on a daily basis, by all means...apply.

Advice to Management

Take a much closer look at your sr. director and director levels and do it quickly. The change you're looking for, the leadership you need to keep your front line and individual contributors is not there. They are not living the leadership success profile and they do not have enough self awareness, experience, or humility to realize it.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    OK company to work for with good work/life balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Open environment,not much pressure,Lot of events to connect with the leadership,lot of company wide events

    Cons

    Bureacracy,Bad pay package,no free food,No persistence to ideas,No sync in different team

    Advice to Management

    Should take care of employee needs


  2. Software Development Intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Development Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Intern - Software Development Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Symantec as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Their university relationship department is very good, lots of activities and socials.
    Work-life balance.
    Employees are friendly and helpful.
    Good weather in Mountain View, CA.

    Cons

    Some team (like what I worked) might not use new techs, every thing still like 10 years ago.
    Of course it depends on the team you worked.
    Direct manager not


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