Symantec

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Symantec Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
1,815 Reviews
3.3
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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.  

    good experience overall, still needs good plan for the company in the long run

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    good balance for work and life,
    middle level for compensation. 401k, salary level. some one may have stocks.
    should have time for personal growth. mature product in industry. still needs find new growth direction for the company.

    Cons

    It has mature product in industry. still needs to find new growth direction for the company. This company still needs innovation and growth point. Revenue stops growing for two years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management always changes. People come here and bright their own people. Hope we can focus on product and innovation and create some product that and stir the market of instead of spending money on other things.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    An under-rated company for software solutions, with talented people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Events in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Director of Events in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    Great products with talented people.

    Cons

    Marketing is under-funded and frequent leadership changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more consistent executive leadership, strategy and funding.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Great work/life balance, Great place for 40+ people

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    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, Great place for 40+ people

    Cons

    Less space up,many management changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More aggressive, less change

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Opportunities abound

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

    I worked at Symantec

    Pros

    When you demonstrate value, there are a multitude of opportunities for lateral moves.

    Cons

    Frequent changes in management over the past several years, but things appear to be settling.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It was great working for symantec. The employees are very friendly

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Intern in Roseville, MN
    Current Employee - Software Intern in Roseville, MN

    I have been working at Symantec

    Pros

    The timings are very flexible in symantec. Training is provided for new technolgies

    Cons

    The climate is very cold

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for, lots of opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Symantec full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of challenging problems to solve
    Good work life balance
    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Lots of employee turnover
    Company seems to have lost it's sense of direction and is trying to redefine it's strategy
    Layoffs occur more often than you would like.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    I left at the right time

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ecommerce in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Ecommerce in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Symantec

    Pros

    It was a great place to work until mgmt screwed it all up. At one time, I thought I would never leave, as it was superb company with a lot of opportunity for growth and development. Will they get to that again? I don't know.

    Cons

    Over the last four years, almost everyone I know at Symantec was let go. Literally 4 years of lay offs, which does not make for an enjoyable environment. One day you'd have a new boss, the next day they were let go and you were put somewhere else, that is if you made that round's cut. People bumbled around trying to figure out what their job was for years. I assume now that with the 3rd CEO in 4 years that something new is bound to happen, but I would be wary of going there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    A good place to kick-start a career, but don't stay for too long.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Lake Mary, FL
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Lake Mary, FL

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

    Pros

    1.) tuition reimbursement - $5,250 per year (but you have to pay it back when you leave).
    2.) performance reviews (raises) - 3% yearly raise with satisfactory performance.
    3.) good benefits - on site gym (a bit small, but decent), IT pit stop where you can take you devices for service.
    4.) I got a ton of experience in storage, OS administration, & troubleshooting that i will always be thankful for.
    5.) Colleagues were highly skilled & intelligent professionals that were always willing to help.
    6.) telecommuting on weekends & holidays.

    Cons

    1.) lack of career growth - management will say that they are willing to assist you with career growth, but it never happens.

    2.) layoffs - many employees were laid off on October 2014, & there are rumors that 10% more will be cut in January 2015 or later. I hope this is wrong.

    3.) no additional training after you become productive. You need to be passionate about learning new skills & you must invest in yourself. No one else will help you with this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1.) help those that are ambitious. If someone has a desire to grow & to build a career within your organization, you should help them, instead of trying to keep them in one spot for as long as possible.

    2.) don't layoff highly skilled, loyal workers; don't layoff & rehire. You already invested significant time, money, & resources into training these employees, it would be a waste to let them go. If restructuring requires more employees in one area & less in another, then work to transition your employees to that area instead of dumping them.

    3.) don't force employees to use PTO in order to "raise" your net profit (i don't see how you can raise net profit by forcing employees to take a week off. If your concerned about employees leaving & paying out that PTO, then perhaps you should work on employee retention) .

    4.) invest in research & development so that the company can produce products that are competitive in markets that matter (storage, cloud computing, big data, etc.).

    5.) learn - teach - learn doesn't work & is cheap. Symantec is a multi-billion dollar company, It wouldn't hurt to spend a couple thousand to host a class from a vendor on site in order to properly invest in your employees.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Constant changes

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

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

    Pros

    Great people with technical knowledge, well rounded experiences and most are very dedicated and focused. Great campus, employee benefit is on par with other similar size companies.

    Cons

    Company has been going through so many changes for the last few years which caused constant re-orgs and layoffs. Makes employees feel like they were not being valued. No work life balance. Performance evaluation could be more transparent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    stay away

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Culver City, CA

    I have been working at Symantec

    Pros

    good pay and benefits
    team cooperation

    Cons

    political and dysfunctional
    constant management changes and layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get your act together

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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