Symantec Reviews in California

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
1,763 Reviews

3.3
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Pros
  • Work life balance makes this company stand high in all IT product companies (in 192 reviews)

  • Great work environment - Facilities to employees at good (in 106 reviews)


Cons
  • Terrible work life balance, although they will say they value this (in 35 reviews)

  • Need internal sales talk to senior management to keep or find new position at RIF (in 64 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good benefit package

    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, seeking to be sustainable

    Cons

    unstable management Consistently fails to make effective decisions

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    Great culture, excellent benefits.

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

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

    Pros

    Very collaborative culture, talented people. Good work-life balance. I really liked the education awards, and how they encourage a learning culture.

    Cons

    Too many layers of management. Regular RIFs. Not much room for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pare down the number of managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good benefits but erratic leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Symantec full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Company provides good salaries and is welcoming to a diverse employee population. Salaries are generally competitive, but stock options pools have been decreased over the last few years.

    Cons

    Erratic management changes creates turmoil and loss of focus. Instills anxiety in employees. Employees have performed better with experienced and tenured leadership. Company has laid off many excellent employees and in the process caused many other excellent employees to leave on their own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build trust in employees and stick to one strategy. Bring back experienced leaders that were laid off or left on their own. Most likely, they can bring better perspective after working at other companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company

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

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

    Pros

    Great products. Customer centered. Undervalued.

    Cons

    Going through some well needed corporate transformation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Principal SQA Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal SQA Specialist  in  Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Principal SQA Specialist in Culver City, CA

    I worked at Symantec full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and a lot of perks

    Cons

    Long working hours during the development cycle

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no comment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company, with some really great people

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

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

    Pros

    In general, the employees are very smart and motivated so there is a lot of opportunity, and support, for people to learn and to grow in your career there. Symantec always has something going on. If you work there, you will never be bored. My experience was dynamic and fast-paced. I had the opportunity to be part of some really great teams while I was at Symantec, which was truly important to me.

    Cons

    3 CEOs within 2 years made for a lot of uncertainty. Symantec is not a good place for people who are afraid of change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring that stock price back up!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Lots of fun work culture

    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Collaborative people with a helpful attitude for newbies.Good training programs

    Cons

    Some processes exist for no reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring on-site gym.

  9.  

    Okay experience. Good start though.

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

    I have been working at Symantec as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Good learning opportunity. Good mentors.

    Cons

    Conjusted space. Some lack of professionalism. Lack of goodies for interns. No free food except coffee

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It's all right

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

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

    Pros

    - Good Benefits
    - Generally nice people
    - Great looking campus

    Cons

    - Different departments get treated differently.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Continuous reorganization.

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    • 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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good portofolio of products come from the acquisitions. The brand is valued by customers.

    Cons

    Tumult from senior management causes confusion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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