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Symantec Reviews in Mountain View, CA

Updated Jul 27, 2014
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3.0 284 reviews

11% Approve of the CEO

Symantec Interim CEO Michael Brown

Michael Brown

(18 ratings)

48% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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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    Chaos due to lack of communication

    Analyst (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsExciting technological advancements, cool people, nice campus

    ConsSilo work groups, chaos and finger pointing, lots of CYA

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter avenues for communication

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    stable company but no growth

    Principal Business Intelligence Analyst (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    Prosv good relaxed work environment

    Consno significant growth, the company looks ok not great

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep it up

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Progressive company in transition

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsReasonably progressive thinking management that fully embraces and supports agile practices, remote teams, flex hours and locations, etc. Good benefits and bonus plans. Well known products with good reputation. The company is putting a lot of investment into mobile.

    ConsCompany still in transition for more than a year so expect fairly big changes and announcements every month or so. Top management and talent have left, but new blood has come in, still it's hard to hire top talent when competing in the Valley with Google, Facebook, Apple, etc.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe willing to pay the price for top talent, get rid of remaining older corporate processes and complete the transition to being a more competitive, faster moving organization.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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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    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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    Management revolving door

    IT Director (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsCool product. good place in the industry.

    Cons3 CEO in 3 years, 3 CIO in 3 years. the whole CEO direct staff replaced (except for one) in 2 years.
    This company needs a strong dose of management stability. The last CEO was on the path of transforming the company but his work was cut short by impatient shareholders. Too bad (even if I don't agree with all he did). At least he had maturity and a sense of purpose and a clear strategy...
    IT is a mess, stay away.

    Advice to Senior Management- Hire a strong seasoned CEO that will be able to stop the management bleeding and stop some stupid hiring practices made based on absurd criteria like Male /female ratio in a management team....
    - Revamp the whole HR team. HR in this company is incompetent at best, dangerous at worse
    - Facilitate the employees rotations from one org to another. it is curiously very difficult to change BU in Symantec and external candidates are often favored over internal experienced candidates.

    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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    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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