Symantec Reviews in Mountain View, CA

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
1,660 Reviews
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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 benefit package

    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Symantec full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, seeking to be sustainable

    Cons

    unstable management Consistently fails to make effective decisions

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    Great culture, excellent benefits.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Information Developer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Information Developer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Very collaborative culture, talented people. Good work-life balance. I really liked the education awards, and how they encourage a learning culture.

    Cons

    Too many layers of management. Regular RIFs. Not much room for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pare down the number of managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good benefits but erratic leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Symantec full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Company provides good salaries and is welcoming to a diverse employee population. Salaries are generally competitive, but stock options pools have been decreased over the last few years.

    Cons

    Erratic management changes creates turmoil and loss of focus. Instills anxiety in employees. Employees have performed better with experienced and tenured leadership. Company has laid off many excellent employees and in the process caused many other excellent employees to leave on their own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build trust in employees and stick to one strategy. Bring back experienced leaders that were laid off or left on their own. Most likely, they can bring better perspective after working at other companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Product Management  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Product Management in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Symantec full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great products. Customer centered. Undervalued.

    Cons

    Going through some well needed corporate transformation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Laid back, Not for go getters

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal SQA Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Principal SQA Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Compensation is good.
    Work-life balance is the best part
    Flexible timings and WFH allowed in most teams
    Best for engineers that do not upgrade their skills and have no intention to grow / learn.

    Cons

    Benefits could be better
    Office environment / facilities could be better
    Uncertainty, layoffs can hit you anytime
    Too many top executive departures creating leadership vaccum at the top

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to a plan, portfolio and management team, and give them time to deliver.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Symantec Business Analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Operations Analyst  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Operations Analyst in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    High Salary, large company,

    Cons

    Lots of lay offs, incompetent upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Education.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Both highs and lows....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Many great, talented people. Compensation and benefits are equal to other top tier Silicon Valley companies. Superior facilities and working environment.

    Cons

    Symantec has suffered for years with constant management changes, reorganizations, reductions in force and strategy shifts. The Sr. and C level leadership culture is highly political and solves for their individual results rather than cross-functionally. The 2014 departure of CEO Steve Bennet, following the firing of his predecessor two years earlier continues to reflect management discord. Each management change results in new strategy, priorities, trickle down reorganizations and employee attrition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Change is always happening here

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employment Coordinator  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Employment Coordinator in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Symantec as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    There are a lot of career opportunities here. Working in Talent Acquisition there are a lot of open requisitions, especially in the Cloud Platform Engineering group. Lots of training opportunities as well.

    Cons

    Too many upper management and senior level changes. Interim CEO.....changes at the senior level.....too much instability. No clear message on direction of the company from the top. Until the new CEO is in place, it feels like you're on a deserted island.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It's all right

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Authentication Analyst  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Authentication Analyst in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    - Good Benefits
    - Generally nice people
    - Great looking campus

    Cons

    - Different departments get treated differently.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Continuous reorganization.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Symantec full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good portofolio of products come from the acquisitions. The brand is valued by customers.

    Cons

    Tumult from senior management causes confusion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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