Symantec Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
1,677 Reviews
3.3
1,677 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A good place to work and find a career

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Springfield, OR
    Current Employee - Director in Springfield, OR

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

    Pros

    Positive work environment in the local office. Solid benefits with health and others starting day one of employment. Great opportunities to start out in entry level positions and work your way up.

    Cons

    Quite a bit of volatility and turnover among senior executives over the past couple of years has left quite a few employees nervous about the strategic direction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Evolving Organization, Confused Leadership (at all levels)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Specialist  in  Eugene, OR
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Eugene, OR

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

    Pros

    The work-life balance is pretty good, and something that still exists is the culture that makes this a great company. One's peers really make it a worthwhile environment.
    There is opportunity for growth, it's one of the few major employers in town.
    Pretty good benefits in comparison to what's available.

    Cons

    Sales Managers don't tend to be coming from sales backgrounds, their sales skills are learned in a classroom, so their leadership is sometimes questionable. If tasked to perform the job over the span of a week, many would be clueless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training is poor and the attitude is it will take a new hire 6+ months to feel comfortable in they training. With better sales managers and more time committed to new hires (by coaching/installing what a day in the life is like), there is a greater opportunity to increase revenue by ramping up training.
    There is a lack of cohesiveness between different departments within the same organization that are crucial to the overall success. This leads to a lack transparency between two separate groups who work hand in hand.
    Rolling out a Sales Process shouldn't take a year for a 200+ Inside Sales Organization. At most, 2 months. Too many contributors to an idea is like too many cooks in the kitchen. A consultant could have been hired or a proven director of inside sales to ramp up the organization much fast.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good place, colleagues to work

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

    I worked at Symantec as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunity.
    Flexible work environment
    Good projects, smart colleagues
    Interns were allowed to actively participate in meetings.
    Frequent outings, team lunches.

    Cons

    Work on solid architectures before starting implementation to avoid round abouts.
    Have well defined tasks for interns, so that they can add to the productivity of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have interns work to some deliverable at end of term.
    Pay scale can be way better. Good talent comes with good pay as well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Encryption Software Engineering Intern

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

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

    Pros

    Good Brand name on resume, good learning curve.

    Cons

    Old school company, laid back approach

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to take aggressive decisions and change the working lifestyle.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer  in  Heathrow, FL
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Heathrow, FL

    I worked at Symantec full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits package
    Compensation is competitive
    Culture is friendly, supportive of new hires

    Cons

    Office politics
    Can be very rigid in following procedures

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you see people bailing out, there might be an issue that needs resolving

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great benefits with competitive salary, and a fantastic team (that has since moved on).

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good salary, profit sharing, training budget. Remote work. As long as I was close enough to an airport, I could work anywhere.

    Cons

    As part of an acquisition, we were a little lost in the shuffle. High turnover in executive staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on keeping on

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to work, but hard to move up the ladder past long timers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director, Product Marketing  in  East Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director, Product Marketing in East Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Friendly, small company feel (Norton team)

    Cons

    Long timers are waiting to move up, and usually do ahead of new blood. So promotion too heavily weighted towards length of service rather than being a true meritocracy. Senior management slow to react to changing market conditions, which resulted in market share rapidly being lost on desktop and mobile strategy was spray, pray and as a result ineffective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break it up into smaller more agile companies.

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

    Good experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Symantec

    Pros

    Office culture is good as always

    Cons

    benefits is no that great. Need more benefits

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    very good

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

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

    Pros

    hours, culture, work environment, time off policies

    Cons

    ability to move up, perks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Administrative Assistant

    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Symantec as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Good company perks such as lunches, snacks, events, etc.

    Cons

    High Turnover, poor communication among teams

    Recommends

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