Symantec Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
1,694 Reviews
3.3
1,694 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance makes this company stand high in all IT product companies (in 211 reviews)

  • Great work environment - Facilities to employees at good (in 122 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 67 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Future looks good, but many leader and org changes have been disruptive

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, benefits, good people and work environment. Company is aggressively making the changes needed to become more competitive.

    Cons

    Not fast enough to market, innovation can be a challenge at a large company like Symantec. Teams often working in silos, reflecting a larger issue with cooperation among senior leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    From the top down, need to start working together as a team with shared vision. three CEO's in five years does not look good to employees...make a smart choice and hire the right leader.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    A good place to work and find a career

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    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
  3.  

    Administrative Speicliast

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    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist  in  Roseville, MN
    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Roseville, MN

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    The company is currently going through many changes with CEO turnover.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place, colleagues to work

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    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
  6.  

    Encryption Software Engineering Intern

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    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
  7.  

    Fine experience and good starting for Intern

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Symantec as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    In my group:
    Good benefits and working environment
    Some interesting tasks or jobs
    Mentor helped a lot

    Cons

    They are changing so working experience depends on department.
    Still using some old tech in part of system
    Need more innovative to get better
    Doesn't have very good intern management system. Sometimes interns have nothing to do and bad schedule.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Symantec as a contractor

    Pros

    Culture, benefits, work load, team work

    Cons

    none none none none none

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I've loved every bit of working at Symantec, and my skills and expertise has gained exponentially from the experience.

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer  in  Springfield, OR
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Springfield, OR

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

    Pros

    I really love the open training for any area of technology I would be interested in learning, the ability to grow with the company, and the management's encouragement of bettering yourself, but my number one favorite thing working for Symantec has definitely been the teamwork I have developed with my coworkers, with has proved to be invaluable.

    Cons

    Luckily, not many cons exist. The ones that would see me leaving Symantec have nothing to do with the company itself, but rather extraneous things that cause a stress on life and require me to search for terms of employments in other areas (things such as school loans, location, pay, etc.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My only advice to management would be to give themselves more credit for the good work that happens in my area of employment. Our management works very hard in striving for excellence, and although it is us that is on the phone communicating with the customer, it is their positive influence that keeps morale up, resulting in high customer appreciation scores.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

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

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    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
  11.  

    Great company to work for

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    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

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