Symantec

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Symantec Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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3.2 1,573 reviews

36% Approve of the CEO

Symantec Interim CEO Michael Brown

Michael Brown

(61 ratings)

61% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance makes this company stand high in all IT product companies(in 191 reviews)

  • Great work environment - Facilities to employees at good(in 105 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 63 reviews)

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    Good

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    Pros1. Less work pressure
    2. Give oppurtunity to switch teams

    Cons1. No Vision
    2. Not engineering driver.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Thirsty for innovation

    Principal Software Engineer (Current Employee) Culver City, CA

    ProsNice benefits package. Freedom to find work that you enjoy. Interesting problems to solve.

    ConsChange there is hard to accept. Highest levels of management want change that will allow us to write adaptable software. Middle management loves the status quo of crunches and featureless software because that process of mediocrity is well defined.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMany people at the company are afraid of failure. Take away their reasons to fear it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    1 person found this helpful  

    SOSo,

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou have good culture, vey slow

    ConsBad management, very political and stressful

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    Great place to work for

    Manager (Current Employee)

    Pros-good work life balance
    -decent salary

    Cons-some local employees with closed local mindset

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Glory days of the company are long gone, only misery and incompetence remains

    Alpha and Omega (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsAt the time I left there were really none, and according to all accounts it has not gotten any better. As a previous review stated spot on, the politics are worse than Washington D.C. so I guess if you love playing political games this may be a positive for you.

    ConsThe uncertainty and upheaval that have taken place the past few years has already been well documented here in previous reviews and elsewhere. What is less discussed is the enormous amount of 'brain drain' that has taken place as a result. Very few truly technically competent individuals remain, and the few that do remain are basically in hands-off-the-code 'technical' 'leadership' positions where they generally sit around doing next to nothing to earn their enormous and unjustified salaries, and were far more survivors of the political game as previously noted and endless purges than actually accomplished technical savants, gurus, etc. This refers to the bulk of D, E, and higher level technical employees from principal and senior principal to architect to fellow and distinguished engineer as well as technical director and VP.

    The bulk of the actual coding developers and engineers now are extremely low skilled H1B Visa employees, at least in the states, as the company has attempted to maintain its profit margins by gutting the 'overpriced' competent technical staff and replacing it en masse with cheaper labor. These are the B, C, and D grade grunts in the trenches. But as the saying goes, "you get what you pay for" or in this case, what you don't pay for, with the result being a tremendous drop in quality and talent over the past few years and hence the loss of virtually all competitive advantage and in fact being left behind or completely missing the market on new and emerging technologies.

    At this point there are really only 4 types of employees at Symantec - 1 is the executive leadership and board of directors who have played the political game to perfection up to this point, second are the wannabe #1s - the lower management, technical management, and middle management which has been gutted the past couple of years but no where near enough to where it should be as there are still endless redundancies and tremendous amounts of gross incompetence among its ranks. Third are the aforementioned H1B Visa low(er) pay and even lower skilled workers, who are flourishing. Fourth and final are the dying breed, the regular old timer technical employees that never or poorly played the political game and have all but become extinct. If you are 1-3 you have great potential on this slowly sinking ship, but for #4 there is a much better life for you elsewhere.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThis is more general advice to the average employee. Given how quickly management and staff is culled at the company from top to bottom and how it is slowly sinking, be ready to jump at any moment thus have your contacts, network, resume etc. all in place and ready to go. If you really want to find out how valuable you are to the company, give them notice - if your manager/director and manager's manager (director/VP) drop everything and throw a counter at you (usually to the tune of 25-50% more salary and other benefits, perks, etc.) you KNOW they have been using and abusing you and vastly underpaying you, and are now scrambling to keep you after no doubt years of mistreatment. If not, well, have your ducks in a row and jump!!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Experience, Good People

    Senior Account Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsGood people. Very ethical. Strong brand(s) with huge global customer/partner base. Opportunities still abound as the World continues on the data driven path with the Cloud becoming pervasive. Security is key and there are other opportunities surrounding it for Symantec.

    ConsDifficulty currently in deciding direction and implementing strategy. A lot of shifting of resources along with some lack of resources being assigned to areas of importance. 3 CEOs in 20 months, and almost all new top management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet closer to the products and their current and potential markets to help drive direction and resource allocation. Be sure that key players are enabled and supported to make decisions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A very positive work experience, with a promising future

    Technical Support Engineer (Current Employee) Springfield, OR

    ProsGreat benefits
    Solid corporate idealogy
    Promising future

    ConsConstantly shifting upper management
    Compensation for my product is not sufficient
    Training for my product was nearly nonexistant, and a majority of senior technicians are out of state.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think that time will cause things to improve quite a bit.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good and Bad

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe work-life balance was good. The people were nice. There is brand recognition, the compensation is good. Hours are usually flexible and telecommuting is often ok. The company is very ethical.

    ConsSoftware development has been largely outsourced, and this is not the place to go to work with new and exciting technology. There is an old boys club mentality throughout the company, and there are many large, geographically distributed groups that don't often collaborate or work well together.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    OUTSOURCE OUTSOURCE OUTSOURCE

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Newport News, VA

    ProsGreat name on your resume.
    You can work in a fun environment and annual parties.
    Milestones are clearly defined and rewarded when you hit them.
    Regular feedback from managers and peers.

    ConsBe ready, all departments have to have a percentage of outsourced work.
    Once your product stops growing the product must become outsourced
    The currently acquired company runs the company until the next one is found.
    Every department / product is its own silo and must fight for it, so there is no shared knowledge.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSymantec seems to have forgotten how to create software. It is no longer a company that comes up with new ideas. Instead it is just purchased, often without a product reaching the market. Stop wasting money on products that will never fit in, and fix what you already own.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A formerly stable company at the crossroads

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt has been a great environment, very flexible and accommodating of work/life balance.

    ConsIt will be a difficult place as the company finds its way to growth, it it does. reorganizations are constant, from the CEO on down. office politics are increasing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed strong leadership at the top - CEO with a strong point of view on where to take the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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