Symantec Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. No regrets...

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    Former Employee - Principal Project Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Project Manager in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Symantec full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Was hired on right after the Peter Norton acquisition. Saw the company grow from just a few hundred employees to over 17,000. Each acquisition changed the culture ever so slightly. When I left it had come full 180. Can not complain. Had the chance to work with some great folks, and I have many great memories.

    Cons

    Size, focus and portfolio breadth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A year or two ago I would have said to admit JWT's mistake, and fully par off the availability products, for everyone's sake.That is their current direction though...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Quite ok to be.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Symantec part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    good management. Helpful culture. good atmosphere to work.

    Cons

    compensation slightly less but competitive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Very clear direction, objectives, and support

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    Former Contractor - Web Content Strategist in Mountain View, CA
    Former Contractor - Web Content Strategist in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Symantec as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    I was only there on a 12 month contract, but my project was very clearly run and we had very specific metrics to accomplish on a regular basis.

    Cons

    Nothing unique to this company, but a rotating cast of people on 12-month contracts means you are always training someone, and as soon as you are at your most productive, it is time for you to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It seemed like everyone I interacted with would have preferred full-time employees who could affect real change for a longer period of time, but the decision to not do that was made higher up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Great Company, going through organizational changes now.

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    Former Contractor - BPO Call Center Consultant in Cupertino, CA
    Former Contractor - BPO Call Center Consultant in Cupertino, CA

    I worked at Symantec as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly and open group of people. Very transparent management, fast moving company

    Cons

    some positions are very silo'ed, management is easy to approach, competitive workforce

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    through current state change management activities, please keep the key management ..

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    WAS a great place to work

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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

    Pros

    Some good work going on in storage, virtualization and recovery domains. Above average salaries.

    Cons

    Company is undergoing a split and things are very unstable. Reorgs happen every month and teams are shut down

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Great team mates (Dev)..

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

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

    Pros

    I was in the Dev team. Amazing team mates; brilliant and driven. you'll learn something new everyday.

    Cons

    Most of the QA team I have worked with lacks motivation. They are just there to get a paycheck. Disappointment.
    Horrible upper management, not reliable at all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Company to work for

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    Current Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Symantec

    Pros

    Very talented people and willing to help

    Cons

    There are no cons. It is an excellent company to start your career with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

  9. 1 person found this helpful

    An easy, albeit sad working experience

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Symantec part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good compensation, fair work-life balance, nice brand to work with, and depending on your manager you can get some pretty fair raises and bonuses.

    Cons

    Leadership failure. In my two years here the company went through 3 CEOs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in long-term leadership and develop a unified management voice.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Database Administrator in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Database Administrator in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Symantec

    Pros

    Work life balance is good. Location is great. Downtown Mt view is close. Canteen is ok. Great coffee machines. Overall good place to work.

    Cons

    Now a days there is too much politics. Also the bonus amount is not reaching 100% rollout. More opportunities needed for training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle level management needs training

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Great Company

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Cupertino, CA

    I have been working at Symantec

    Pros

    Wonderful people, great managers and inspiring product

    Cons

    I really enjoyed working there - I didn't really have any cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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