Symantec

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Symantec Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
1,777 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance makes this company stand high in all IT product companies (in 224 reviews)

  • Great work environment - Facilities to employees at good (in 123 reviews)


Cons
  • Terrible work life balance, although they will say they value this (in 36 reviews)

  • Need internal sales talk to senior management to keep or find new position at RIF (in 67 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great technology company

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

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

    Pros

    World class engineering team. Good mix of corporate vs. informal atmosphere. Great pay and benefits. Excellent facilities. Effective teams and staffing.

    Cons

    Hours can be long, especially during crunch time. However it's not really out of the ordinary for software. Probably between start-up hours and a typical corporate schedule.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Worked as malware analyst

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Free cookies, a lot of free cookies, and apples oranges

    Cons

    huge projects, i have to work extra hours, that is not good at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be nice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Fun laid back place to work

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

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

    Pros

    The first thing that comes to mind are the people. Everyone here is incredibly nice and works together to accomplish milestones. The office is also situated in a really nice area close to a shopping center and there is plenty of parking. Being an intern, the compensation was fair and we were given paid holidays off. Symantec also holds intern events over the summer, which were really great (hackathon, luau, etc).

    Cons

    Overall I really enjoyed my time here so I have nothing bad to say but the one thing that I can mention is the constant change in upper management. The CEO changed twice in one year. During the first change there was a huge team reconstruction (layoffs, etc) and many interns were moved to different teams.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Great management. Mature processes. Very professional environment.

    Cons

    Low salary. Organize more fun events within the team. Very strict professional environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time by time review employee salary.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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 (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
  7.  

    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 (more than an 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
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    Symantec has been a ride.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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 (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
  11.  

    Associate Support center analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

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