Symantec

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Symantec Reviews in California

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
1,771 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance makes this company stand high in all IT product companies (in 224 reviews)

  • Great work environment - Facilities to employees at good (in 123 reviews)


Cons
  • Terrible work life balance, although they will say they value this (in 36 reviews)

  • Need internal sales talk to senior management to keep or find new position at RIF (in 67 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great technology company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Quality Assurance Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Quality Assurance Engineer in Culver City, CA

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

    Pros

    World class engineering team. Good mix of corporate vs. informal atmosphere. Great pay and benefits. Excellent facilities. Effective teams and staffing.

    Cons

    Hours can be long, especially during crunch time. However it's not really out of the ordinary for software. Probably between start-up hours and a typical corporate schedule.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Long timer

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

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

    Pros

    The company defaults to trying to do the right thing for employees, customers and shareholders. High levels of integrity throughout the org.

    Cons

    Isn't an innovator. Current solution set will always lag given the development process. Acquisition integration spotty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the future, jettison the rest.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Decent

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

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Overall, a decent company to work in Silicon Valley, not super hot/exciting. Good benefit packages.

    Cons

    Nothing hot/exciting. Average compensation overall. Stock price has been flat.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not the best to join at this moment if you like order....

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

    I have been working at Symantec

    Pros

    Great people, great set of products

    Cons

    Company in a middle of yet another turnaround - this time splitting, and at the same time streamlining.... A lot of chaos, management not communicating well. Layoffs....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start focusing on your best assets - the employees and communicate better!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Big big changes -- all the time

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

    I have been working at Symantec part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    opportunity to participate in huge transformations: insourcing IT, divesting half the company. if you like lots of change, this is the place to be. Good benefits.

    Cons

    so many big initiatives you have to wonder if symantec can do them all. salaries do not seem competitive. 401k matching vests over 4 years. Company is slipping back into silo'd behaviour.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great team until clicks are understood

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

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

    Pros

    Team can be awesome.
    Flexible work/life balance
    Cafe have semi decent food (discounted)

    Cons

    E-com has super low moral.
    Red tape is hinders every move
    Management has no vision
    Tribal knowledge is massive here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house!!!
    Look at what you spend and rid various middle management.
    No vision. Stop with the town halls, stop with the back-patting emails.
    Actually take the good, bad, ugly email serious and show resolution.
    Management has no spine with vendors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Fun laid back place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SQA Intern in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - SQA Intern in Culver City, CA

    I worked at Symantec as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    The first thing that comes to mind are the people. Everyone here is incredibly nice and works together to accomplish milestones. The office is also situated in a really nice area close to a shopping center and there is plenty of parking. Being an intern, the compensation was fair and we were given paid holidays off. Symantec also holds intern events over the summer, which were really great (hackathon, luau, etc).

    Cons

    Overall I really enjoyed my time here so I have nothing bad to say but the one thing that I can mention is the constant change in upper management. The CEO changed twice in one year. During the first change there was a huge team reconstruction (layoffs, etc) and many interns were moved to different teams.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good career

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

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

    Pros

    Career path, people, benefits, salary, flexibility, protecting people's identities and information

    Cons

    Politics, short-term focus, leadership is hit and miss

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the hard decisions and take action in regard to leaders that need to go

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Culver City, CA

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

    Pros

    Great management. Mature processes. Very professional environment.

    Cons

    Low salary. Organize more fun events within the team. Very strict professional environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time by time review employee salary.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Chaos

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

    I have been working at Symantec

    Pros

    Some really great people here

    Cons

    The split is highly distracting
    Leadership overly focused on the board and wall street

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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