Symantec Reviews in Culver City, CA

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
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Pros
  • Work life balance makes this company stand high in all IT product companies (in 220 reviews)

  • Great work environment - Facilities to employees at good (in 122 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 67 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place, colleagues to work

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunity.
    Flexible work environment
    Good projects, smart colleagues
    Interns were allowed to actively participate in meetings.
    Frequent outings, team lunches.

    Cons

    Work on solid architectures before starting implementation to avoid round abouts.
    Have well defined tasks for interns, so that they can add to the productivity of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have interns work to some deliverable at end of term.
    Pay scale can be way better. Good talent comes with good pay as well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Symantec has been a ride.

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

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

    Pros

    work schedule, a lot of new projects

    Cons

    constant reduction in work force. do not have a sense of good direction of company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    build teams moral

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Principal SQA Specialist

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
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  5.  

    Associate Support center analyst

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

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

    Pros

    lots of opportunity to grow in carrer

    Cons

    upper management don't seem to care with the company's goal... too many changes on C level part

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest onto your employee (training and recognition) so that we can also support your product with outstanding level

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Thirsty for innovation

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Change 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bright future? Confused

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

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits
    Friendly co-workers

    Cons

    Training
    Aggressive change in organization
    Often lay-off
    Constant calling or email off-hour and weekend (Depends on the group). Upper management expects quick response anytime any day

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sr software engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Culver City, CA

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

    Pros

    It is like any other high pressure IT company

    Cons

    High pressure, lots of politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Random and frequent lay-offs

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA

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

    Pros

    Smart people, excellent benefits and not overly crazy place to work

    Cons

    Culture of fear where layoffs are regular and frequent occurance. It felt like layoffs where random and not tied to individual's performance, project or particular deliverable one has been assigned to. While there certainly were some wonderful people on the team, the management, some of which were out of northern California, never bothered to get to know the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many of these people are gone by now but the big question is if the culture has also gone away since old habits die hard...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Nice work place

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Culver City, CA

    I have been working at Symantec as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Helpful Team members.
    Not that hectic.

    Cons

    Low Salary and Hardly any Perks
    Bad Canteen Food

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A good place to start

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

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

    Pros

    - Not too competitive
    - Good work/life balance
    - People are nice and helpful
    - Good place for a first job

    Cons

    - Depending on your luck (which team you are put into), work here can get a little mundane and lackluster.
    - The cafeteria food could be better
    - Compensation is low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Compensation for interns is not competitive at all compared to other software companies;
    - There could be a more organized internship program. I can see that the company is going in the right direction in this regard though.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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