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Good Place to Work and Grow. Bad and Old Technology for Operating Systems.

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

I worked at Symbian

Pros

There are some stupid managers BUT, if you are lucky enough, you can find some superb manager that will help you grow skill and career wise. And you have a certain degree of "possibility to move around", so you would be likely to change manager and, so, try different ones.

The company, even if relatively small, is structured as a big one, with all the services and processes that are important to manage correctly (and fairly) people.

Cons

There are only very few young managers: this made the company being stuck on their dominance position for too long, and today it's going to sink while other companies are entering the market with fresh, modern, new products.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Innovation should be, sometime, rewrite stuff from scratch: Symbian had ages to do that, but the company always preferred to focus on "binary compatibility".
With all the people hired, it would have been possible to focus on Binary Compatibility AND start a complete new Operating System.

Recommends
Disapproves of CEO

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    Good brand, but uncertaininty due to recent news about Symbian Foundation

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

    I have been working at Symbian

    Pros

    Good brand to work in the industry. Symbian is widely known brand and a global company. It provides great opportunity to work in one of the most dynamic industry.
    Likely to be taken over by Nokia i.e., opportunity to work for the largest mobile phone manufacturer.
    Good senior leadership team.

    Cons

    Compensation.
    Far too many changes. There has been number of changes being introduced, employees are losing the commitment to a change - because the change will be replaced by another one!
    Limited growth opportunities. Though Symbian is growing, external applicants seems to be given priority compare to internal applicants.
    Uncertaininty due to recent news about Symbian Foundation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve compensation/benefits and manage changes

    Recommends
  2.  

    Symbian - a happy place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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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