Symantec Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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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. 1 person found this helpful

    Very disappointed.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    benefits benefits benefits benefits benefits

    Cons

    management manager bi-polar disrespectful inconsiderate.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Change fatigue and disrespect of the core

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Symantec

    Pros

    Most of the people are passionate and dedicated and want to do the right things.

    Cons

    Company continued to get rid of existing talent to bring in talent the new leaders wanted and it created a Old vs. New and "old" was not valued as doing great work. Don't get me wrong change and focus was needed shifts needed, but some of how it was done was just plain ineffective and disrespectful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure. Can you dig the company out of the hole by cleaning house? Who do you want to be now? Maybe it is different now so the behaviors I witnessed as bad are now rewarded?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Sad environment and Misfocused Leadership

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    Current Employee - Leadership in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Leadership in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some good people who want to do the right thing. Products are good but focus on selling the company, reducing budgets and head count is new priority.

    Cons

    No leadership. Teams not working while "plans" are being made for over a year. Promotions going to those who will put up with the situation verses being qualified.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to basics. You're overwhelmed and make changes based on what CAN be done vs what SHOULD be done. Careful with who you are promoting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Management Heavy, Decision Paralysis, Poor Pay

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    My paycheck seems to come on a regular basis ...

    Cons

    Company suffers from massive management heavy structure. More "Chiefs than Indians". Constantly shifting org restructuring. The usual BS about big companies, they lie out one side of their mouth to the employees, and then do something different.

    They constantly change the bonus structure to insure that Sr. level Execs get their dough when times are tough, and the worker bees get the shaft.

    Stock options are precious, far and few in between, and never really worth much.

    They waste money on big gambles, but pinch pennies on the stuff that matters and empowers employees to be able to do their job. Like pens and pencils. Or a stapler for goodness sake. Worse, the corporate LAN sucks so bad and is constantly dropping off that you can't get much done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get fired, asap - you're basically useless, destroying the company, and need to get out of the way of the engineers and people actually doing the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    waste of time for your career. Hated my both managers

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    Current Employee - Enterprise Technical Support Advisor in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Enterprise Technical Support Advisor in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    office culture is depands from team you are in, no promotions coz some idiot can tell you that he forgot about your effort

    Cons

    no leadership, training is crap created for sales not for engineers, compensation as for engineers is ok but could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start to talking bussiness not brain wash

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Think before you go here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Symantec full-time

    Pros

    The benefits and salary are OK

    Cons

    Management seems more focused on if a person works from home than if they do good work.
    Politics are crazy, and most managers are not good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is a global company, so having everyone in the office is not realistic. The real issue is all the things we are asked to do are a priority and you are not really addressing the real issues that you already know by all the surveys

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Horrible

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Symantec

    Pros

    None i can think of.

    Cons

    Cliques everywhere, remote management. bullying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overhaul of management

  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Sub-par

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Buenos Aires (Argentina)

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

    Pros

    Very acknowledgeable and experienced people working there, I've learned a lot and had a good time with my co-workers. Very good health plan and nice facilities. ElementK access, which is nice but it's not a very good product.

    Cons

    Managers, customer satisfaction survey competition, complete disregard of employees' rights.
    VERY long commute, poor teams intercommunication, lack of software licensing of the tools one needed for the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't treat your employees as cattle, we are more than that. Don't be greedy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Incredibly inept associate managers (encryption support)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Symantec full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay is ok if you can tolerate being managed by incompetent people. Benefits do start on day one, which is nice.

    Cons

    Managers with no experience run around like chickens with their heads cut off. No coherent plan, no vision, just clueless people focusing on non-issues with no real goal in sight.

    Nothing gets done, one training committee in particular met weekly for over a year and produced literally nothing. If you cannot steer a group of people in a committee to produce anything over the course of a year you should be fired as a manager.

    We also had issues as well with remote employees empirically not doing their jobs. Managements response? Nothing. No discipline, no plan of action, nothing. For local employees though you will get to deal with endless nitpicking of things that in no way matter. Out of sight out of mind I guess.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe hire managers with experience and not former techs who weren't very good at their job to begin with? If you do hire someone with no experience maybe provide them with some training?

    Even management basics like timely feedback, actually coming into the office, and communication skills seem to be just beyond the capabilities of the associate managers in encryption support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful

    Going downhill

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Symantec

    Pros

    Good people, decent work life balance, leader in it's space, highly profitable.

    Cons

    Where do I start:

    1.) The board has gone through 3 CEO's in 18 months. No clear direction or strategy. Only focus is on the bottom line. If forcing employees to take mandatory PTO's helps the bottom line, so be it.

    2.) Constant layoffs. Every time a new CEO comes in, he has his own vision. This vision usually involves layoffs (not necessarily a bad thing given the fat in every department) but creates moral to decline.

    3.) Tons of employees have left (including myself). As with any company in trouble, the decent employees who has marketable skills leave; the ones who don't have the skills stay behind. Day after day, the talent pool within the company is sinking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    May be too late to salvage the company. But try to recognize high performing employees, be open and honest, and invest in product innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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