Symantec

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Big Company Culture, Must Control your own Destiny

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Financial Specialist in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Senior Financial Specialist in Mountain View, CA

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

Pros

Compensation fair
Most people friendly & easy to work with
Lots of opportunity to drive positive change
With effort, you can drive your own destiny and move between groups

Cons

Poor training
Most managers are not mentors
Finance often works in a silos fighting fires
Communication from the top down can be almost non-existent
Politics drive decisions and many promotions (performance is a factor, but to a lesser extent)
Poor yearly performance management

Advice to ManagementAdvice

There is little to no useful training available, particularly around tools and processes. Doesn't do a lot of good to upgrade all your systems if nobody knows how to utilize them.
Teach your managers how to mentor and lead
Finance should be focused on business decisions, not reporting that isn't required or doesn't add value

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good engineers, lacking management and innovation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    - Good engineers and co-workers
    - Good work life balance
    - Decent pay
    - Some teams have very good work

    Cons

    - Lot of attrition
    - Bad management, lack of strong, technical leaders at the executive level
    - Company needs to innovate and turn around but doesn't have good leaders who can help achieve this
    - Poor facilities (poor IT infrastructure, minimal snacks and beverages)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Need to take risks and innovate
    - Need more focus on engineering and technology

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Anti Virus is dead

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Symantec full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They have a nice Gym. Located in Sunny California. Its a good company to start your career in if you have just graduated from college.

    Cons

    Pay is comparable to what your initial job function will be. Yet they will demand more and more from you, Promise you a promotion or raise to motivate you to then tell you to make you strive to do more. yet when it comes time to their one year review.... "You didn't do enough" and everything is biased on seniority. You can be the most talented person that the division or company has ever seen, do double the work, and in the end it means Jack. Ingenuity may be fostered but not rewarded.

    Sales for some reason gets a lot of Praised at this company. The majority of the time they are at the company gym or eating at the cafe. in addition, the Sales reps don't know what they are trying to sale. They tend to just transfer the customer to a Technical or Customer Service department, while still maintaining a nice base wage and collecting the commission off the sale that was handled by another group.

    Company has become stagnant, Gone through Three CEOs in a two years time. And has been cutting back in a effort to maintain resources. Any new generation knows Antivirus is dead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has been working at Symantec for decades appointed due to sonority. Majority of them because of this are unfit to lead a team due to lack of skills.

    Don't play around with your young talent. Holding onto your old sentiment mentality of seniority and praising those who are lazy but have been around longer is what is causing your company to look bad, and remain stagnant. Furthermore give credit to where it is due.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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