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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 (more than 10 years)

Pros

1. Less work pressure
2. Give oppurtunity to switch teams

Cons

1. No Vision
2. Not engineering driver.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Thirsty for innovation

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Culver City, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice benefits package. Freedom to find work that you enjoy. Interesting problems to solve.

    Cons

    Change there is hard to accept. Highest levels of management want change that will allow us to write adaptable software. Middle management loves the status quo of crunches and featureless software because that process of mediocrity is well defined.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many people at the company are afraid of failure. Take away their reasons to fear it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Glory days of the company are long gone, only misery and incompetence remains

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    Former Employee - Alpha and Omega in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Alpha and Omega in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    At the time I left there were really none, and according to all accounts it has not gotten any better. As a previous review stated spot on, the politics are worse than Washington D.C. so I guess if you love playing political games this may be a positive for you.

    Cons

    The uncertainty and upheaval that have taken place the past few years has already been well documented here in previous reviews and elsewhere. What is less discussed is the enormous amount of 'brain drain' that has taken place as a result. Very few truly technically competent individuals remain, and the few that do remain are basically in hands-off-the-code 'technical' 'leadership' positions where they generally sit around doing next to nothing to earn their enormous and unjustified salaries, and were far more survivors of the political game as previously noted and endless purges than actually accomplished technical savants, gurus, etc. This refers to the bulk of D, E, and higher level technical employees from principal and senior principal to architect to fellow and distinguished engineer as well as technical director and VP.

    The bulk of the actual coding developers and engineers now are extremely low skilled H1B Visa employees, at least in the states, as the company has attempted to maintain its profit margins by gutting the 'overpriced' competent technical staff and replacing it en masse with cheaper labor. These are the B, C, and D grade grunts in the trenches. But as the saying goes, "you get what you pay for" or in this case, what you don't pay for, with the result being a tremendous drop in quality and talent over the past few years and hence the loss of virtually all competitive advantage and in fact being left behind or completely missing the market on new and emerging technologies.

    At this point there are really only 4 types of employees at Symantec - 1 is the executive leadership and board of directors who have played the political game to perfection up to this point, second are the wannabe #1s - the lower management, technical management, and middle management which has been gutted the past couple of years but no where near enough to where it should be as there are still endless redundancies and tremendous amounts of gross incompetence among its ranks. Third are the aforementioned H1B Visa low(er) pay and even lower skilled workers, who are flourishing. Fourth and final are the dying breed, the regular old timer technical employees that never or poorly played the political game and have all but become extinct. If you are 1-3 you have great potential on this slowly sinking ship, but for #4 there is a much better life for you elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is more general advice to the average employee. Given how quickly management and staff is culled at the company from top to bottom and how it is slowly sinking, be ready to jump at any moment thus have your contacts, network, resume etc. all in place and ready to go. If you really want to find out how valuable you are to the company, give them notice - if your manager/director and manager's manager (director/VP) drop everything and throw a counter at you (usually to the tune of 25-50% more salary and other benefits, perks, etc.) you KNOW they have been using and abusing you and vastly underpaying you, and are now scrambling to keep you after no doubt years of mistreatment. If not, well, have your ducks in a row and jump!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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