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CHAOS and mismanaged

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Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Symantec full-time (less than an year)

Pros

good work life balance. great office (yes a personal office). Good benefits

Cons

No defined direction.
No real innovation. They claim to file for lot of patents, but they are just in the existing products. There is no real new product that comes out.

Even if they start a new initiative, after a few months down the line if they see no real revenue coming or the person who started that product leaves, they just shut it down. Common you could have analyzed the ROI way before starting the product.

Abruptly shuts down products which are in market.

every 6 months or so a re-org happens. It seems that some higher up manager/leader needs to show that he is "working" and wakes up to do a re-org.

They are still stuck with a mix of Agile/Waterfall model. Though most of the teams claims to be running Agile, its basically a v5.0 of Waterfall model.

This is a Mammoth (not an elephant). They say 4.0 will turn it around, but 4.0's been going on for over 1+ year and not sure if it did turn the Mammoth into an Elephant yet.
The point is : its difficult to churn the Elephant around within an Year or 2.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Hire some really good engineers. and cut of the management heavy layer that you have.
Hire some really good Product managers too.

Our mobile products are released every 2 months, where as every other mobile company releases every 2 weeks. No one is going to wait for such a long release.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Driven

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of training opportunities. Company also offers career guidance. Managers get exquisite training in soft skills for negotiation, conflict resolution, and dealing with stress.

    Cons

    Culture is move up or move out. For customer issues managers are expected to be on call 24-by7 . Symantec grows by acquisition so your upper level management actually may not know your business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Volatile Employment Atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager

    I worked at Symantec full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Progressive tech company with great benefits and depending on what organization you work in their are career paths.

    Cons

    Volatile environment, with a lot of uncertainty depending on the economy and company results. There has been a lot of turnover at several levels in the past two years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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