Symantec

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Symantec Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
1,771 Reviews
3.3
1,771 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    I love my job. This is one of the best companies to work for.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Symantec

    Pros

    Excellent perks, Fantastic stock options

    Cons

    Hard to get licenses to products we make.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Long timer

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    • 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

    The company defaults to trying to do the right thing for employees, customers and shareholders. High levels of integrity throughout the org.

    Cons

    Isn't an innovator. Current solution set will always lag given the development process. Acquisition integration spotty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the future, jettison the rest.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Decent

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    • 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
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  5.  

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

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    • 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
  6.  

    Fun laid back place to work

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    • 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company needs huge changes.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Springfield, OR
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Springfield, OR

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and the pay is average for my city. PTO accrual is average. Enterprise security product is still a strong competitor for now.

    Cons

    The board seems incompetent. After they fired Bennett, the budget cuts have been horrible and the employee moral has dropped.

    Micromanagement is similar to taylorism.

    We have had layoffs causing us to be severely understaffed and overworked.

    Many great staff are leaving for other companies.

    Huge decrease in opportunities this fiscal year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mike Brown, don't forget about your employees. We are people not slaves or robots.

    We need to invest more in innovative security and get that ATP out because competion is fierce.

    Give some recognition to support staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Too much organizational churn - hopefully the company split will allow both halves to focus

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, technically stimulating work, really enjoyed working with some of the most intelligent people in my career

    Cons

    Management politics at all levels. Managers only looking out for themselves, Directors and VPs looking to make a splash by changing the entire game instead of making incremental changes to improve an already-successful organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopefully the business split will eliminate the sudden direction changes and churn that has plagued the company for the past several years

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

    Technical Support Engineer

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Heathrow, FL
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Heathrow, FL

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

    Pros

    The fellow engineers are great to work with and very flexible time off. Great benefits

    Cons

    Not a great place for advancement for minorities
    . Typical good ole boy good ol girl network

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adopt better hiring and promotion practices

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

    Not the best to join at this moment if you like order....

    • 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

    Pros

    Great people, great set of products

    Cons

    Company in a middle of yet another turnaround - this time splitting, and at the same time streamlining.... A lot of chaos, management not communicating well. Layoffs....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start focusing on your best assets - the employees and communicate better!

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

    Senior Principal Support Engineer

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    • 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

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