Symantec Reviews

Updated July 6, 2015
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Symantec Interim CEO Michael Brown
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is the best part (in 224 reviews)

  • v good relaxed work environment (in 123 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance could be better (in 36 reviews)

  • There are also very few women in senior management (in 67 reviews)

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  1. Symantec

    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Symantec has a great benefits program.

    Cons

    Symantec has issues keeping sales reps.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the problems with revenue rec for sales reps.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Boring leaders but safe

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

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I've survived almost a decade of layoffs and org changes in Finance because I know how to work people and play the game. People think the layoffs have been happening for the past 4-5 years but they haven't seen what I've seen
    Splitting the company is a good thing. The company did better pre-Veritas
    An environment where one can thrive solely on political abilities
    Good benefits
    Revolving door of top leadership in Sales and Finance provides job security. I'm providing the same insights to different people.

    Cons

    As long as someone else keeps getting laid off there are none.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  3. Great Company

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

    I have been working at Symantec (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very Nice company, I've enjoyed working there

    Cons

    none, it is a very nice company

    Advice to Management

    carry on!! Things are looking up


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  5. good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Organ, NM
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Organ, NM

    I worked at Symantec

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good career advancement, number one secuirty firm

    Cons

    bad management, know nothing about the product

    Advice to Management

    bad


  6. Helpful (2)

    Everything is Good But Not Great

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

    I worked at Symantec

    Pros

    Company is very good at making sure all needs are met. but it does very little to go beyond that. It's good because everything is good enough you would feel guilty to complain about it, but other companies definitely pamper their employees more.
    Ethical company
    Good work life balance
    Stable leader in a growing industry

    Cons

    Management is fairly political
    Stock price doesn't go up
    Working across time zones, especially with teammates in India, is wearing


  7. Fun Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Web Producer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Web Producer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Symantec

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This is the most fun I have ever had on a job. Everyone is so laid back, nice, friendly, smart, fun (did I already say fun? lol). I work on a scrum team and we are very close...feels like family. We work very hard and have an amazing time together doing it. I couldn't ask for a better place to work.

    Cons

    I can't think of anything negative.


  8. Principal Project Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Project Manager in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Principal Project Manager in Herndon, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Varied projects across all levels of company
    Value input and suggestions
    Smart employees and respect feedback
    Good compensation

    Cons

    Executive management unstable at the time creating constant shifting of management and reporting structure
    Best advancement is at headquarters in Mt View, CA
    Needs to move faster on industry trends

    Advice to Management

    Supportive management at director level. Executive level needs to stabilize.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Not the place for new ideas

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Content Strategy Director in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Content Strategy Director in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a great place to be when you are done coming up with good ideas of your own. It's ideal for those with kids they want to spend time with instead of solving real problems. Get a job here, collect your checks, and enjoy your family.

    Cons

    The internal politics are brutal. Good ideas suffer because of it. Decisions are based on quarterly gains instead of customer focus. This is a symptom of the current board's emphasis on stockholders' value over the opinions of employees or concerns of customers.

    Advice to Management

    Define a strategy and stick to it. The constant uncertainty with both product portfolio and organizational structure, creates persistent distress in those trying to implement this mess every day.


  10. sr software engineer - internationalization

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Internationalization Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Internationalization Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    perfect work-lift balance. If you are 50 or about to retire, this is the perfect job! seriously, you can work from home anytime you want as long as you do your job!

    Cons

    pay is low and i believe is below average industry standard, but hey, you get the perfect work-life balance to spend time with families and friends. If money is not an issue, this is the perfect company to work for; if money is the issue, go somewhere else.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Good People, Good Product, VP & C-Level Leader's need to Settle

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Many Good Peers
    A strong industry leader in the Security Software
    Benefits are competitive
    Facilities are well maintained

    Cons

    Sr VP / C-Level is on a continues rotating
    Too many Re-Org , Staff is not given a opportunity to focus on Goal or Customer
    The reductions are needed to level the P&NL but concerning is getting to so deep no strong or knowledgeable enough to make good business decision

    Advice to Management

    You need to pause , step back , Listen to your Employee's and allow them to deliver to the customer, which will also drive Revenue goals for board members.

    Yes we know the SYMC & Veritas separation is close to completing, but that does NOT driving clear focus of goals are not needed. Cutting so deep you are loosing all your company's process knowledge, and leadership skills.



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