Symantec
3.2 of 5 1,430 reviews
www.symantec.com Mountain View, CA 5000+ Employees

Symantec Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.2 1,430 reviews

                             

42% Approve of the CEO

Symantec Interim CEO Michael Brown

Michael Brown

(12 ratings)

62% 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 167 reviews
  • "Good colleague relationships, location work environment"
    in 99 reviews
Cons:
  • "Terrible work life balance, although they will say they value this"
    in 33 reviews
  • "Need internal sales talk to senior management to keep or find new position at RIF"
    in 58 reviews
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Excellent compensation, too much politics, slow pace

Technical Director (Current Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

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

ProsExcellent compensation, job security, work/life balance, fair individual contributor ladder.

ConsWorst office politics I've I seen in my 15 year career in Silicon Valley. It seems that only the people who have nowhere else to go are staying. It's only fair that I count myself among these; what keeps me in is primarily compensation.

Advice to Senior ManagementChange and risk is a good thing

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Lots of changes but optimistic

Senior Program Manager (Current Employee)
Mountain View, CA

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

ProsSymantec is undergoing large changes, and has established terrific values to ensure employee engagement. There is still much to be done, but I am optimistic as we have made a lot of progress so far.

ConsLot of changes in upper management, which needs to stabilize.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to engage employees as you drive the company forward. Continue encouraging risk taking, and out of box thinking at all levels.

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

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Positive

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Symantec

ProsGood Salary, Great work life balance, Good benefits

ConsSomewhat slow to execute products

Advice to Senior ManagementNone

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Senior Sales Engineer (Former Employee)
New York, NY

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

ProsGood work life balance. Supportive management. Generous in providing lab equipment for both home and offices. Friendly, hard working people.

ConsLow pay for talented sales engineers. These people are critical to the success of the account executives, yet they don't receive bonuses commensurate with their impact on the sales. They are often overlooked and just expected to "produce".

Advice to Senior ManagementBe great at a few things, not ordinary in a lot of things. The company is not focused on solutions that deliver value. Customers are replacing them and given the recent firing of the CEO, it looks like it is not getting any better. They need to decide if they are a storage company or a security company; being both is not working out.

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

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Excellent 15 year run!

Senior Systems Engineering Manager (Former Employee)
Dallas, TX

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

ProsThe greatest thing for me a this company was the people. All the mergers brought in a great collection of talent! It is not easy to ingest technologies and people when mergers occur, but the influx of talent at Symantec was impressive.

ConsSpeed of innovation from product groups has impacted Symantec's competitive posture in the market place. This clearly hinders new license sales and the collection of new logos!!

Advice to Senior ManagementInnovate!!!!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good company to work for

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

Prosgood employee care, working culture

Consrecent re-orgs , lack of direction

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Symantec

ProsGreat co-workers, good work - lots to do but not getting enough traction.

ConsManagement needs to decide on our heading and stay course.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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IT Principal Business Analyst (Current Employee)
Dallas, TX

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

ProsAwesome environment to work in. Great culture.

ConsAwesome environment - don't have any bad reviews.

Advice to Senior ManagementNone

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

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Working at Symantec has its Ups and Downs

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsThere are lots of wonderful people working at Symantec. I have the flexibility of working from home which I thoroughly enjoy. I have a variety of work to do with good people to work with.

ConsSymantec is probably the "stingiest" high-tech company around! No bonuses, very little stock opportunity -- all reserved for highest grade levels. Still have to accrue PTO, and it's lumped together with sick leave.

Advice to Senior ManagementTotal rewards needs to be competitive with other high-tech companies. That creates a better place to work and more employee loyalty.

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

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Still in flux

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Symantec as a contractor

ProsSymantec has had fabulous people and an absolutely wonderful culture. It's a truly global company with many opportunities for advancement and international postings as well as the excitement of contact with very bright people from all over the world who are doing interesting and deeply important work.

ConsThe gutting of top management (there's been a revolving door in the CEO's office) and the enormous layoffs over the past few years have caused seismic shifts…and the ground hasn't stabilized yet.

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