Symantec Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
1911 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
3.3
1,911 Reviews
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Symantec Interim CEO Michael Brown
Michael Brown
193 Ratings

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)

More Pros and Cons

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. No regrets...

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

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

    Pros

    Was hired on right after the Peter Norton acquisition. Saw the company grow from just a few hundred employees to over 17,000. Each acquisition changed the culture ever so slightly. When I left it had come full 180. Can not complain. Had the chance to work with some great folks, and I have many great memories.

    Cons

    Size, focus and portfolio breadth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A year or two ago I would have said to admit JWT's mistake, and fully par off the availability products, for everyone's sake.That is their current direction though...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Overall I had a very positive experience while working as a Technical Support Analyst.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Eugene, OR

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

    Pros

    Great team environment. Direct management respected feedback and hardwork.

    Cons

    Constantly changing company plan. Upper management did not relay plans/models.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please keep the communication open with lower level managers and their employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Executive Assistant

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

    I worked at Symantec (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    a great place to work

    Cons

    to many changes in management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. I worked at Symantec

    Pros

    Co-workers were wonderful and always lending a helping hand

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Recommends
  6. Quite ok to be.

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

    I have been working at Symantec part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    good management. Helpful culture. good atmosphere to work.

    Cons

    compensation slightly less but competitive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful

    Two companies better than one?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    The technology is good but the acquisitions were never integrated to make a fantastic product suite, the potential was there but the last 3 CEO's couldn't make it happen. There have been so many changes in management and company direction it has slowed product innovation and employee moral is the lowest I have ever seen.

    Cons

    So now Symantec is splitting into two companies. The old Veritas that was acquired by Symantec is now a "new" company and guess what they are calling it Veritas. Like all companies I think it depends on your manager, I've had 5 in 4 years so what does that tell you? Oh and while laying off hundreds they actually paid a consultant to come up with the name Veritas... and they had the gall to be proud of telling employees that. How many jobs were sacrificed to pay the consultant?? Just one example of many.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop acting like you care about strategic direction and meaningful partnerships it is all about short term $$

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Big Software Company Trying To Reinvent Itself

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer

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

    Pros

    Salary is above average. Benefits are good. You can work remotely as long as you get the job done.

    Cons

    Little to no professional growth. I've been with the company for 3 years, and I am yet to go through a performance review. Obviously this means no pay increase either.
    Product quality varies depending on the product, and Symantec has a lot! If you are a field engineer/consultant, you may end up running around trying to put out fires.
    No consistent, clear long term strategy or vision. Management, both upper and mid-level, has changed so many times since I joined the firm. I've had 3 managers in the past 3 years. The company is trying to stay relevant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Innovate, hire better talent, and care about your current top talent before they all leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Principle Software Engineer

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

    I worked at Symantec

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Excellent Benefits. Great management. Excellent equipment and working conditions. They will take time to explore the pros and cons of a design before beginning implementation. It's a great company.

    Cons

    To keep profitability high, they seem to routinely reevaluate if work can be outsourced. Your seemingly stable position (this year) could quickly become unstable (next year) and be outsourced to India.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Company in Transition

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Big company with good benefits. Split could be a good thing since there will be more focus.

    Cons

    Veritas and Symantec are in transition so a lot of uncertainty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be more transparent about the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Nice Company to work with if you have the urge to learn new stuff

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

    I have been working at Symantec

    Pros

    New challenges and excellent opportunity

    Cons

    Adjusting to the work culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Frequent lay offs should be stopped to bring in some stability into the business

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

Work at Symantec? Share Your Experiences

Symantec

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.