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Symantec Reviews in Mountain View, CA

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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3.0 280 reviews

6% Approve of the CEO

Symantec Interim CEO Michael Brown

Michael Brown

(16 ratings)

48% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance makes this company stand high in all IT product companies(in 191 reviews)

  • Great work environment - Facilities to employees at good(in 105 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 63 reviews)

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    A big mess

    Senior Director (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsGood pay, established brand, relatively good work-life balance

    Cons3 CEO's in the last 2 years, broken processes, huge executive turnover, continuing layoffs

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a new CEO in; Cut the fat and the crappy products; make people accountable

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not the Symantec of old...the good people jumped ship over the last 2 years

    Senior Manager (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsSome groups have a very good work environme

    ConsMost groups work people like slaves and a lot of upper management has no clue how to manage

    Advice to Senior ManagementClean how with your VPs and Directors...if you are not positive they are great then they aren't

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Transformation again.....

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsTalented people that want to do a good job. Pay and benefits are good and the office environment is very nice. Symantec also offers some remote opprtunities which can be a great way to balance your life.

    ConsThree CEO's in the past three years and two major reorganizations have damaged the culture and the work environment. Strategy keeps changing and people are leaving either by choice or by layoffs. Company is not in growth mode at the moment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPick a strategy and stick to it.

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    Good

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    Pros1. Less work pressure
    2. Give oppurtunity to switch teams

    Cons1. No Vision
    2. Not engineering driver.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Unstable place to work in.

    Intern (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsNice people, decent pay, offers employees the opportunity to work remotely.

    ConsPoor management that keeps changing. People are laid off at will. No job security or direction for professional growth.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Currently Total Chaos

    Senior Marketing Manager (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsPay and benefits are pretty good. Very flexible about your schedule, ability to work remotely, and decent work-life balance for many.

    ConsCompany is losing market share, executive leadership is a revolving door, constant shift in strategy and organizational structure - they cannot seem to get it together. Many just are there to collect a paycheck and do as little as possible, not great cooperation across teams and groups, takes 100 people to make one tiny decision, which paralyzes anyone who actually wants to get things done. I feel totally disengaged and do not feel confident about the future of the company at this point.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Big Company Culture, Must Control your own Destiny

    Senior Financial Specialist (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsCompensation fair
    Most people friendly & easy to work with
    Lots of opportunity to drive positive change
    With effort, you can drive your own destiny and move between groups

    ConsPoor training
    Most managers are not mentors
    Finance often works in a silos fighting fires
    Communication from the top down can be almost non-existent
    Politics drive decisions and many promotions (performance is a factor, but to a lesser extent)
    Poor yearly performance management

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is little to no useful training available, particularly around tools and processes. Doesn't do a lot of good to upgrade all your systems if nobody knows how to utilize them.
    Teach your managers how to mentor and lead
    Finance should be focused on business decisions, not reporting that isn't required or doesn't add value

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    congenial environmnt and fun people

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    Prosgreat tech, benefits, casual culture and 401k matching plan.

    Consproduct management and business unit not coordinated well. too big.

    Advice to Senior Managementinvest in new technology and training people

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A Good company on its way down

    Senior SQA Engineer (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsHistorically successful product line which continue to make most of the money for the company.
    Some really good products. If you are lucky to be one those teams you get to work on some good technology.

    ConsVery unstable Management at every level. Since my joining a couple of years back every one in the hierarchy from my manager to the CEO has either left or fired. There has not been a month without organizational changes.
    Not very clear with the future strategy, expected with the frequent management changes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to get at least some stability in the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Glory days of the company are long gone, only misery and incompetence remains

    Alpha and Omega (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsAt the time I left there were really none, and according to all accounts it has not gotten any better. As a previous review stated spot on, the politics are worse than Washington D.C. so I guess if you love playing political games this may be a positive for you.

    ConsThe uncertainty and upheaval that have taken place the past few years has already been well documented here in previous reviews and elsewhere. What is less discussed is the enormous amount of 'brain drain' that has taken place as a result. Very few truly technically competent individuals remain, and the few that do remain are basically in hands-off-the-code 'technical' 'leadership' positions where they generally sit around doing next to nothing to earn their enormous and unjustified salaries, and were far more survivors of the political game as previously noted and endless purges than actually accomplished technical savants, gurus, etc. This refers to the bulk of D, E, and higher level technical employees from principal and senior principal to architect to fellow and distinguished engineer as well as technical director and VP.

    The bulk of the actual coding developers and engineers now are extremely low skilled H1B Visa employees, at least in the states, as the company has attempted to maintain its profit margins by gutting the 'overpriced' competent technical staff and replacing it en masse with cheaper labor. These are the B, C, and D grade grunts in the trenches. But as the saying goes, "you get what you pay for" or in this case, what you don't pay for, with the result being a tremendous drop in quality and talent over the past few years and hence the loss of virtually all competitive advantage and in fact being left behind or completely missing the market on new and emerging technologies.

    At this point there are really only 4 types of employees at Symantec - 1 is the executive leadership and board of directors who have played the political game to perfection up to this point, second are the wannabe #1s - the lower management, technical management, and middle management which has been gutted the past couple of years but no where near enough to where it should be as there are still endless redundancies and tremendous amounts of gross incompetence among its ranks. Third are the aforementioned H1B Visa low(er) pay and even lower skilled workers, who are flourishing. Fourth and final are the dying breed, the regular old timer technical employees that never or poorly played the political game and have all but become extinct. If you are 1-3 you have great potential on this slowly sinking ship, but for #4 there is a much better life for you elsewhere.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThis is more general advice to the average employee. Given how quickly management and staff is culled at the company from top to bottom and how it is slowly sinking, be ready to jump at any moment thus have your contacts, network, resume etc. all in place and ready to go. If you really want to find out how valuable you are to the company, give them notice - if your manager/director and manager's manager (director/VP) drop everything and throw a counter at you (usually to the tune of 25-50% more salary and other benefits, perks, etc.) you KNOW they have been using and abusing you and vastly underpaying you, and are now scrambling to keep you after no doubt years of mistreatment. If not, well, have your ducks in a row and jump!!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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