Symantec Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is the best part (in 224 reviews)

  • v good relaxed work environment (in 123 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance could be better (in 36 reviews)

  • There are also very few women in senior management (in 67 reviews)

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  1. Good Work Place

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    No.1 in security. Better after splitting Veritas. Open culture. Great security experts.

    Cons

    Security business is getting smaller. Experts are leaving but few new great engineers join. Organization structure is not so good.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Senior principal software engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people! Good work. The atmosphere is good on the ground. Flexible hours. Work from home is possible. Free gym in building.

    Cons

    Directionless management; people turnover; lower than average salary. Very difficult to get a pay raise. I had to change jobs to get one. Difficult to hang on to good people because of progression prospects. All of the good jobs go to new hires.

    Advice to Management

    Make a decision and stick with it. Promote the good people and don't be afraid to fire the bad.


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    Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Symantec full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Politics! Politics! Politics! Cost control! Cutting costs! Layoff! Layoff!! layoff! Split and outsource! Outsource and Split!

    Cons

    Office is close to my home and the company offers free parking.

    Advice to Management

    Few listens and just don't bother mentioning.


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  5. Senior SQA Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior SQA Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior SQA Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Symantec full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Well located.

    Cons

    Growth is slow depending on teams. Pay is also not very competetive


  6. Helpful (1)

    Review from former QA

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in San Gabriel, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in San Gabriel, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good culture for learning and collaboration with smart techies. Challenging projects and tasks per releases. Team members are very knowledgeable and have a willingness to transfer knowledge. Some of the brightest techies in the industry. Applies formal and structured process to projects making outputs/results predictable.

    Cons

    Some managers are just people/resource scheduler leads and attribute no technical contribution. Most of the time, delegates and pushes technical responsibilities to employees with more technical skill-set, then takes credit for the work not rewarding them for their contribution during annual reviews. Steve Benet attempted to remove this extra layer of waste in management, but it just came back full force since his departure. No training to grow and enhance QA department. Promotions are based on brown-nosing then technical abilities or skills. Very hard to get promoted if you don't know the secret hand shake or password into the group.

    Advice to Management

    Hiring knowledgeable QA managers that are team players and are also concern with growing the QA teams knowledge, enabling them to be more efficient and productive for future projects. Bring the level of pay to be more competitive with other software companies. Bring back the profit sharing plan and also include the lowly QA folks, the folks who ensures that your product does not blow up the customers machine the first time it installs or operates.


  7. Great software company...

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Software Architect/Senior Developer in Long Beach, CA
    Former Contractor - Software Architect/Senior Developer in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - all developers are top-shelf, the knowledge base and experience are huge - productive teams - the work groups are very focused and are managed very well. - SDLC is very solid, they produce extremely high quality efficiently.

    Cons

    I worked hard, 12 hour days are very common for me. Others did not put in as many hours.


  8. Helpful (3)

    No stability

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Symantec full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, comparable to other large manufacturers. Tuition and gym reimbursement. Flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Constant change, no solid leadership or direction. They promote people who are clueless. Cut backs have lowered moral.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good Company, Good Pay, Good Experience

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Culver City, CA
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Food Lots of interesting projects Easy Access to management (friendly people) Nice new office building, you get your own cubicle A lot of OG software engineers that are eager to pass on knowledge and help

    Cons

    No coherent intern program No company clothing or swag to make you feel good Cafeteria closes at 2pm Not many young people, not too many women in tech

    Advice to Management

    Make the company younger and friendlier to new hires


  10. Prinicpal Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Best security company to work and lots scope for growth.

    Cons

    Not having focus on innovation


  11. Helpful (3)

    Dysfunction junction

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    I stayed because I kept having interesting projects and people to work with. Towards the end, lots of partnership projects kept me busy and it was fun.

    Cons

    Too much senior management turmoil and too many layoffs. Budget cuts mid-cycle made planning difficult; new management made everyone twitchy.

    Advice to Management

    Do the company split in 2015 then regroup and get strategic about some new products in 2016.



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