Symantec Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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Symantec Interim CEO Michael Brown
Michael Brown
263 Ratings

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. Helpful (2)

    Senior principal software engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Good people! Good work. The atmosphere is good on the ground. Flexible hours. Work from home is possible. Free gym in building.

    Cons

    Directionless management; people turnover; lower than average salary. Very difficult to get a pay raise. I had to change jobs to get one. Difficult to hang on to good people because of progression prospects. All of the good jobs go to new hires.

    Advice to Management

    Make a decision and stick with it. Promote the good people and don't be afraid to fire the bad.


  2. good company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Specialist in Mount Dora, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Specialist in Mount Dora, FL

    I worked at Symantec (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great benefits and location. good fun company cuture.

    Cons

    ceo keeps getting fired, invest in your people and stop chasing the rabbit

    Advice to Management

    stability is key!!


  3. Great place to work if you are with Right Team

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work in Security Domain, Great people around, Compensation, Health benefits, Work-life balance, Growth Opportunities, Freedom of action.

    Cons

    Even being a small company, most of the startups in security domain are becoming threat for Symantec. Post acquisition, Symantec not able to keep the acquired products competitive in market. No solid roadmap or right vision for acquired products. Too many surprises when it comes to (frequent) organizational changes. Only few products are constantly doing good and makes most of the business.

    Advice to Management

    Have better strategy, get strong leaders and give them enough time to deliver results than replacing them.


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  5. PM summerIntern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Project Manager in Troy, MI
    Former Employee - Associate Project Manager in Troy, MI

    I worked at Symantec

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

    Pros

    Good place to learn and develop

    Cons

    I really had a good time interning there. There was loads to learn and contribute


  6. Great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Director in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - IT Director in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Symantec full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work, good management, competitive salaries, cultural diversity encouraged, no visible gender bias (lots of top line female managers).

    Cons

    Symantec products not seen as cutting edge technology, and hence best resources are lost to Googles, and Facebooks of the Silicon Valley.


  7. IT Salesforce

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good wok CUlture, Amazing teams

    Cons

    There is lot of work load


  8. Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Templeton, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Templeton, MA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation, training benefits, health benefits, work-life balance, growth opportunities, freedom of action, empowerment to make decisions, management.

    Cons

    All the above mentioned items depend on the team you land on and the manager. I was lucky to have one of the greatest managers there. But it is understandable, each management team came from a different company that had been bought by Symantec, which caused the core difference. HR processes were not effective, especially around hiring and expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Learn what the best practices are, and who are the great leaders, and make them lead the other leaders when merging companies. Break the status quo. Michael was not the CEO when I worked there, so I can't rate him objectively.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Great place if you aren't laid off

    Former Employee - Client Service Representative in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Client Service Representative in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Symantec full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Best benefits ever, but low pay

    Cons

    Company values employees, but never know when your job will be cut/oursourced

    Advice to Management

    Help displaced employees find a job somewhere else in the company, instead of just giving a severance and pretending they never existed


  10. Helpful (2)

    IT Senior Director

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Symantec (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Global software company which provides diverse work environment

    Cons

    evolving its business model which has added confusion to roles and responsibilities


  11. Helpful (6)

    Boring leaders but safe

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    • 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.



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