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Change is necessary to thrive

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Former Employee - Business Development  in  Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Business Development in Mountain View, CA

I worked at Symantec full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Capable CEO
Upgrading the talent across the board
Process excellence oriented
Investing in front line employees
Culture focused on getting the best from people
Great assets (e.g. customers, partners, technology ingredients)

Cons

Highly political environment
Important to recognize that alphas thrive. All others are prone to be victims of alphas so it is buyer beware if this is not the kind of culture for you especially if considering management positions.
Ability to innovate is still needed to be relevant for the future
Investment in the 10 new offers is progressing slowly if at all
Market moving faster than they are (e.g. FireEye)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Organic growth is critical to success however the product organization is riddled with politicians who lacks creativity, let alone authenticity. This is not to say that good people aren't in the organization, but they are being suppressed by those more interested in being promoted and accumulating power than delivering great products for customers. This is widely known within the rank and file who are very fearful of retaliation for the truth. Nonetheless, these truths have not seemingly reached the CEO who is very capable within 300 degrees but continues to have this critical 60 degree blind spot in part due to political mastery on the part of some of his leaders and his tendency to focus on process versus invention.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Big, Bureaucratic Behemoth

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    Current Employee - Sales Executive  in  Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Culver City, CA

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

    Pros

    Great health benefits, decent pay, nice people, stock price went up (good if you purchased stock via ESPP). Some of their products are great. New CEO, Steve Bennett, seems to really want to make the company a success. Has shaken out many middle managers and replaced VPs with his own cabal. Remains to be seen how effectively they can stream-line Symantec. Can't do worse than former management. I really think the new management team is sincerely trying to make things better.

    Cons

    Basically the same cons of any 20,000 plus person company. Tons of bureaucacy. Like trying to run through glue. Committees, meetings are required to do the simplest of things. Procedures, procedures, and protocols, and they are always changing. Senseless required HR meetings. Hard to focus on your core job with all the emails you receive from different departments. You have 20-25 plus passwords for 20-25 different computer systems that you need to login to from time to time. And you need to change those passwords every 90 days or so. Don't write them down somewhere near your computer! Constant bureaucratic noise. You forget what your job is. Is it to fill out HR questionnaires, self-evaluations, progress reports, legal documents or what?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think it may be a good thing that you got rid of 2000 managers. Just keep doing your best to streamline the business and make systems more efficient. Get a single sign on program for employees to sign into all programs with one password. Cut out bureaucratic noise. Don't be so legalistic. Let employees do their jobs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Taking a downhill dive

    Current Employee - Internal Territory Account Representative
    Current Employee - Internal Territory Account Representative

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

    Pros

    It is a job that provides a pay check.

    Cons

    New 4.0 strategy is all hype. Company has changed into a micro managed hellion. Management makes a decision one day and then does an about face the next. They need to make a decision and stick with it for at least a full quarter. Abundance of products that staff is expected to be knowledgable about, but adequate training is lacking. Management tries to enlist fear in order to push sales staff to produce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See above.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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