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Symbian - a happy place to work.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Engineering Manager  in  London, England (UK)
Current Employee - Engineering Manager in London, England (UK)

I have been working at Symbian

Pros

The calibre of the majority of other employees. The presence of a strong social programme. A good benefits package. The training opportunities for non-technical competencies is very good and applying and being accepted for training courses is automated and rarely declined. Communication of company news via monthly team briefs is excellent and most welcome.

Cons

The difficulty of removing less than stellar employees. Some of the communication is inconsistent - not all teams get the same level of quality of information cascade.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Aggressively continue the current programme of improvements. Information in team cascades could be made more interesting and relevant to the engineering teams.

Recommends
Approves of CEO

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    symbian bangalore

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    Current Employee - Graduate Software Engineer  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Graduate Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Symbian

    Pros

    great work culture, informal atmosphere, good benefits.. and good compensation in India. Although thats a big issue in uk.

    Cons

    new starters are integrated into the sytem very slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing much

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    A great place to work (Symbian Ltd.)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Symbian full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Symbian was a great place to work, it had some of the smartest people I have ever met working there, and (before the takeover) the facilities and culture were excellent. We had tech talks once a month and great parties.

    Cons

    The companies structure (owned solely by manufacturers) meant it was always too beholden to a few big device makers, this had a massive impact on what we could create and how we created it, we had to do what was best for other companies, not ourselves and the product we were creating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late now, but we should have pushed the product in the direction that was best for consumers and the market rather than our shareholder companies. Symbian had touchscreen before anyone else, Symbian had a promising UI that we were forced to sell.
    Also, we should have paid MUCH MUCH more attention to the negative feedback we were getting from third party developers, devices (computers included) have always been about the Apps, if its too hard to create Apps, your not going to capture developer mind share, which in turn means you are not going to capture as much market share. The fact we were on 90% of smartphones and no-one else was even close, turned out to be a bad thing. We had no competition to mark ourselves against, and when iOS came out and was so far ahead in some ways (the ways that mattered), but so far behind in other ways (the ways that didn't), the threat it posed wasn't fully appreciated until it was too late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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