Symantec

  www.symantec.com
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

Symantec Reviews in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
1,745 Reviews

3.3
1,745 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Symantec Interim CEO Michael Brown
Michael Brown
80 Ratings

Review Highlights

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)

More Highlights

28 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good products, awesome technical challenges, cutthroat management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    There is a high degree of talent in the engineering ranks. The need to develop technically complex technical features keeps the job new and challenging.

    Cons

    Several members of senior management seem more interested in their own image, career advancement and managing up. There are consistent power/cooling/space issues in labs that limit the flexibility of the configurations that can be created for development and testing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too many changes recently

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Roseville, MN
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Roseville, MN

    Pros

    direct managers really there to help
    World class products
    great partnership deals (Discounts for products or services)

    Cons

    The Board of Directors, seriously the Board of Directors hired a great CEO (Bennett) and then 1.5 years into his STATED 5 year plan they fired him because "He was not showing profits quickly enough" EVEN though he stated the first 2-3 years would be a rebuilding time. This came after the same board fired the prior CEO. These are the changes that I am speaking to.
    Additionally the board continues to claim that they are following the principals that Bennett laid down however they have altered each of the five tenants from focusing on the front line employees to focusing on them example the Bennett goal of "Attract and retain the best quality employees" has been changed to "Attract top talent to our executive team"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back Bennett or at least someone that is looking out for the LONG TERM success of the company. These policies to boost the short term profitability do nothing but destroy Moral and make people look for other jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    2013, a year of turmoil

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Princ Program Manager  in  Roseville, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Princ Program Manager in Roseville, MN

    Pros

    In my group, staff were given the tools and the freedom to do their jobs and innovate. Company-wide, there is is a desire to make the company, its products and its sales better. Around the globe, Symantec have a lot of very bright people who are very good at what they do.

    Cons

    Most of the management in my group are gone now. The re-organization that was supposed to take three months in early 2013 has extended for a year, culminating in the firing of the CEO who started the re-organization. Needless to say, this is bad for morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've shed a lot of experienced people with a lot of knowledge over the last year. You might need to take some of them back.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Team & Poor Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    Generally speaking the company pays competitive salaries. Great global Talent in India & China.

    Cons

    M&A had created a lot of silos and poorly integrated solutions. Hard to be recognized unless you’re within the small leadership circles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Amazing place to work at! I am more than satisfied to be a part of this company. Skipped my Google interview for it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    Got my own office even though I am an intern, very competitive salary and great facilities in the office building. Good projects to work on.

    Cons

    None so far. Great place to work at.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good stuff!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work, but comes with management and communication issues

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Roseville, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Roseville, MN

    Pros

    Great benefits and compensation.
    Great work/life balance.
    Technically competent engineering staff.

    Cons

    I always got the feeling that mid-/upper-management cares more about how they look to their bosses then they care about representing their direct reports. This leads to changes in policy and direction that don't make sense.
    Sometimes important decisions are made without consulting the people that affect those changes the most.
    Still poor communication and cooperation between teams ("That's not my problem, so I wont help").

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solicit the feedback from the direct contributors and show how you made changes in response to that feedback.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I love working at Symantec!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Roseville, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Roseville, MN

    Pros

    I work on NetBackup and the product is stable, growing into new areas of Cloud backup and deduplication which allows us to do challenging and fun things at work

    Cons

    Slow release cycles and long testing phases breaks the pace of work sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Challenge development to do more test driven development and reduce QE testing times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Roseville, MN
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Roseville, MN

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, great pay, great benefits. Managers are generally cool, easy to talk to. Little benefits like ping-pong tables, fitness centers, cafeterias, etc. are awesome!

    Cons

    Some of the product managers are only there to make money. In my opinion, managers should have strong technical background. Some are business people, which really grinds my gears.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't turn a software company into a hardware company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sr Principal System Engineer

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Appliance Specialist  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Appliance Specialist in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    High tech lots of new technology pretty exciting place to work.

    Cons

    Big company moves slowly at times.

  11.  

    Good Company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Roseville, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Roseville, MN

    Pros

    Relaxed culture...
    Planned releases...
    Flexible timings...
    Very good people...

    Cons

    As long ass you are able to handle Minnesota Winters you should be fine
    For the constant thrill seekers might not be the most happening place
    Change process takes for EVER!!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

Worked for Symantec? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.