Symantec

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Symantec Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
1,774 Reviews
3.3
1,774 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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Employee 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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    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.  

    Great technology company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Quality Assurance Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Quality Assurance Engineer in Culver City, CA

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

    Pros

    World class engineering team. Good mix of corporate vs. informal atmosphere. Great pay and benefits. Excellent facilities. Effective teams and staffing.

    Cons

    Hours can be long, especially during crunch time. However it's not really out of the ordinary for software. Probably between start-up hours and a typical corporate schedule.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company

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

    I have been working at Symantec

    Pros

    Many opportunities for growth, great benefits, great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Lots of management change, lots of travel.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Worked as malware analyst

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Free cookies, a lot of free cookies, and apples oranges

    Cons

    huge projects, i have to work extra hours, that is not good at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be nice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Long timer

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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 (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
  7.  

    Decent

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    • 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company needs huge changes.

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9.  

    Great at first but

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - great people to work with
    - awesome benefits
    - great environment to work

    Cons

    - management keeps on changing so career growth is a challenge
    - pay isn't that great

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

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

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    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
  11.  

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

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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

    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

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