Symantec

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Symantec Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
1,754 Reviews
3.3
1,754 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance makes this company stand high in all IT product companies (in 224 reviews)

  • Great work environment - Facilities to employees at good (in 123 reviews)


Cons
  • Terrible work life balance, although they will say they value this (in 36 reviews)

  • Need internal sales talk to senior management to keep or find new position at RIF (in 67 reviews)

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  1.  

    Decent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Project Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Project Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Overall, a decent company to work in Silicon Valley, not super hot/exciting. Good benefit packages.

    Cons

    Nothing hot/exciting. Average compensation overall. Stock price has been flat.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I'd go back in a heartbeat...within a different division.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security Sales Specialist in Springfield, OR
    Former Employee - Security Sales Specialist in Springfield, OR

    I worked at Symantec full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There was a great team atmosphere, benefits, a real family atmosphere. I worked well with management and most co-workers. A lot of team events and bonding.

    Cons

    High sales pressure in a time of change, preventing lateral movement and ultimately leading to me leaving the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out your direction and be more candid with your employees. There was so much discussion around the water cooler of what was "going on" with the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Fun laid back place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SQA Intern in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - SQA Intern in Culver City, CA

    I worked at Symantec as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    The first thing that comes to mind are the people. Everyone here is incredibly nice and works together to accomplish milestones. The office is also situated in a really nice area close to a shopping center and there is plenty of parking. Being an intern, the compensation was fair and we were given paid holidays off. Symantec also holds intern events over the summer, which were really great (hackathon, luau, etc).

    Cons

    Overall I really enjoyed my time here so I have nothing bad to say but the one thing that I can mention is the constant change in upper management. The CEO changed twice in one year. During the first change there was a huge team reconstruction (layoffs, etc) and many interns were moved to different teams.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good career

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

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

    Pros

    Career path, people, benefits, salary, flexibility, protecting people's identities and information

    Cons

    Politics, short-term focus, leadership is hit and miss

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the hard decisions and take action in regard to leaders that need to go

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Culver City, CA

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great management. Mature processes. Very professional environment.

    Cons

    Low salary. Organize more fun events within the team. Very strict professional environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time by time review employee salary.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Senior Principal Support Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Support Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Support Engineer

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    great place for work-life balance, great time-off and benefits

    Cons

    takes very long for promotions, hardly get any training from non-Symantec technology, ever changing and unsettling senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once great, going downhill

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

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I have really enjoyed the people I've worked with over the years. In general they have very good benefits. Overall the pay has been competitive.

    Cons

    Constant changes in leadership the past few years coupled with constant layoffs. Massive brain drain getting tired of seeing good people leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Big big changes -- all the time

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

    I have been working at Symantec part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    opportunity to participate in huge transformations: insourcing IT, divesting half the company. if you like lots of change, this is the place to be. Good benefits.

    Cons

    so many big initiatives you have to wonder if symantec can do them all. salaries do not seem competitive. 401k matching vests over 4 years. Company is slipping back into silo'd behaviour.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great team until clicks are understood

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Team can be awesome.
    Flexible work/life balance
    Cafe have semi decent food (discounted)

    Cons

    E-com has super low moral.
    Red tape is hinders every move
    Management has no vision
    Tribal knowledge is massive here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house!!!
    Look at what you spend and rid various middle management.
    No vision. Stop with the town halls, stop with the back-patting emails.
    Actually take the good, bad, ugly email serious and show resolution.
    Management has no spine with vendors.

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

    Good Opportunities, High Turn Over

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Process Analyst in Springfield, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Business Process Analyst in Springfield, OR

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

    Pros

    Great Opportunities, Salaries, & Benefits

    Cons

    Constant Re-Orgs and Lay offs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please choose a direction and commit to it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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