Symantec

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Good people and benefits. Mixed signals from board and top management.

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Principal Database Administrator in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Senior Principal Database Administrator in Mountain View, CA

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

Pros

Symantec is very supportive of women, LGBTQ, and diverse ethnicitiesand cultures. There are numerous affinity groups and they hold events/celebrations for all employees. The benefits are good (health care, etc) and the compensation seems to be market driven.

Cons

Symantec has a problem with setting course and committing to it.

Case in point, the CEO Steve Bennett was getting high points with the employees and improving confidence within. Then the board fired him and replaced him with an interim CEO, Mike Brown. Previously the board had asked Steve (who was on the board at the time) in 2012 to replace the previous CEO Enrique Salem due to performance issues under Enrique. There have been three CEOs in less than three years.

A number of changes were made by Steve (e.g. improving employee to manager ratio from 3/1 to 8/1) and employee morale was growing. Now we are all wondering when the other shoe drops.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get your plan together and execute it. Plan for short term, but more importantly plan for the long term.

Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Positive early on, deteriorated as mergers increased over the years.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enterprise Account Manager
    Current Employee - Enterprise Account Manager

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    People are fantastic, very loyal to each-other and willing to assist to achieve common goals. There's been room for advancement and career growth through the years. Benefits package is very good although coverage vs cost has deteriorated over the years.

    Cons

    Feels like someone just picked the company up like a snow globe and shook it till all the flakes are swirling like crazy (aka, Steve Bennett). Just when we get to the actual execution piece of his strategy the Board fired him. Complete change in leadership across the org. No one knows whats next, who'll be here, if we'll be sold off in pieces, etc. Alot of uncertainty is not a healthy work environment and promotes distrust, and "every man for himself" mentality. No clear goal/timelines for vision/strategy or execution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior leadership needs to stabilize immediately and employee morale shored up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great people in lower and middle management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Business Operations Analyst in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Operations Analyst in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Symantec full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone is very mature around the office. It feels like an old networking or hardware company, where there are a lot of people that you can learn the ins and outs of business from.

    Cons

    The maturity of the workers also makes it feel like there is a lack of energy or push forward. Everyone has been riding the renewals train for so long, they forgot how to get it moving when it stops. There didn't seem to be many opportunities to move up or around

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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