Symantec Reviews

Updated August 27, 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 Good company but out of date

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Roseville, MN
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Roseville, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Symantec as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work atmosphere, nice people

    Cons

    Company too large to keep up to date


  2. Helpful (2)

    Overall good place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good opportunity to earn decent money and high performance is rewarded. Veritas and Symantec are splitting up, good for all involved.

    Cons

    Very difficult to believe upper-management, they say one thing and do another all too often. Extremely liberal and progressive company.

    Advice to Management

    Shoot straight with your employees, if you plan to do the opposite of your talk, don't talk to begin with.


  3. Helpful (6)

    Difficult to stay motivated

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Roseville, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Roseville, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There will always be a need for backup software.

    Cons

    High turnover, large legacy product, management doesn't have foresight or direction.

    Advice to Management

    Get managers with technical understanding and be proactive and not reactive.


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  5. It was great working for symantec. The employees are very friendly

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    Current Employee - Software Intern in Roseville, MN
    Current Employee - Software Intern in Roseville, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The timings are very flexible in symantec. Training is provided for new technolgies

    Cons

    The climate is very cold


  6. Administrative Speicliast

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    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Roseville, MN
    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Roseville, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Symantec full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    The company is currently going through many changes with CEO turnover.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Corporate tech company

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Roseville, MN
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Roseville, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are intelligent, pay is good. My interview process was pretty non-technical and laid back. Travel is available if you have a geographically diverse team, or an important project.

    Cons

    CEO uncertainty often, everyone wants to build everything themselves instead of using an existing solution, budget issues are everywhere. We have to jump through hoops to get hardware.

    Advice to Management

    Management is good, but the architects seem to give too much free reign to engineers in system design. The result is sloppy, or inflexible design.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Too many changes recently

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Roseville, MN
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Roseville, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    2013, a year of turmoil

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    Former Employee - Senior Princ Program Manager in Roseville, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Princ Program Manager in Roseville, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great Team & Poor Management

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good products, awesome technical challenges, cutthroat management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Symantec full-time (More than 5 years)

    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.



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