Symantec Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
1,681 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 place, colleagues to work

    • 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 for less than a 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.  

    Good place to work, but hard to move up the ladder past long timers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director, Product Marketing  in  East Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director, Product Marketing in East Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Symantec full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly, small company feel (Norton team)

    Cons

    Long timers are waiting to move up, and usually do ahead of new blood. So promotion too heavily weighted towards length of service rather than being a true meritocracy. Senior management slow to react to changing market conditions, which resulted in market share rapidly being lost on desktop and mobile strategy was spray, pray and as a result ineffective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break it up into smaller more agile companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5.  

    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 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
  6.  

    Great place to work...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefit! Open culture!

    Cons

    Bad working and life balance occasionally. Changing CEO too often.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Associate Support center analyst

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    • 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 for more than a 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
  8.  

    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 for 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
  9.  

    IT team

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Guy  in  Calabasas, CA
    Current Employee - IT Guy in Calabasas, CA

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

    Pros

    Free style office.
    Good and soft manager
    very Good take care of each team members

    Cons

    Unix System Manage by HP. Bad managements and very slow response.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to training to HP guys...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    good place to work in los angeles

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Director  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Director in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    flexible hours, easy going environment, good facilities

    Cons

    can't think of any right now

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 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 for 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

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