Symantec Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
1,712 Reviews
3.3
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance makes this company stand high in all IT product companies (in 218 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 35 reviews)

  • Need internal sales talk to senior management to keep or find new position at RIF (in 67 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great co-workers, Horrible corporate practices

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Symantec (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people I work with are wonderful. I was very excited to get a good paying job with such a great selection of benefits.

    Cons

    The training and documentation left a lot to be desired, at least for our product. They just did a huge layoff of tech support people across the company, targeting not only weak performers but experienced techs, older workers, and people who used too many benefits this year. They're just looking for ways to make a fast buck, not have quality support or produce quality products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make Symantec a place to retire from, not just a place on a resume.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Symantec is easy living for a software engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Interesting work for an engineer & a smattering of smart people who care deeply about solving problems. Not much internal competition, and the culture is generally about 'nice' so day to day life is pretty easy.

    Cons

    Kind of like the Lazy T ranch, not much urgency or drive in much of the company. Lots of smart people showing up, typing a little into their computers, and then going home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well, management has had a lot of turnover lately, so any advice to management would be lost pretty quickly :)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Decline InforSec giant

    • 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

    Pros

    no overtime work. Trust culture is better all the company I've worked for

    Cons

    management sucks.
    lost market share duo to cannot keep up with cloud trend

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on innovation. Cut the bloated middle-level manager

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    No direction and office politics

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Public Relations in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Public Relations in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Interesting tech and industry given it is continuously changing -- it's also a very hot-button topic as security relates to all sectors - consumer, business and gov't

    Cons

    Tons of office politics. Terrible morale. No leadership. Continuous layoffs, exec departures and new leaders who don't know the business and don't have a clear direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need new company vision / direction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior IT Business Partner in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior IT Business Partner in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of great opportunities, great people to work with from the business, benefit package is excellent

    Cons

    Constant executive churn over the last several years, which creates a very unstable environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick great leaders and define a great product & customer strategy & give it some time to develop & succeed

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sr. Principal support engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    great work-life balance - flexible work hours, work from home option
    freedom to express ideas and concerns, employee stock purchase option

    Cons

    No clear career growth for employees not in main office locations
    Salary and compensation not in par with other software companies
    Unstable top management leading to frequent reorgs

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    could/should improve but a good company

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    • 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

    reputable company, pays wells and has solid medical benefits. There are many talented, brilliant engineers

    Cons

    management is constantly going through changes, it's distracting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A good place to work and find a career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Springfield, OR
    Current Employee - Director in Springfield, OR

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

    Pros

    Positive work environment in the local office. Solid benefits with health and others starting day one of employment. Great opportunities to start out in entry level positions and work your way up.

    Cons

    Quite a bit of volatility and turnover among senior executives over the past couple of years has left quite a few employees nervous about the strategic direction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good place, colleagues to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Culver City, CA

    I worked at Symantec as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunity.
    Flexible work environment
    Good projects, smart colleagues
    Interns were allowed to actively participate in meetings.
    Frequent outings, team lunches.

    Cons

    Work on solid architectures before starting implementation to avoid round abouts.
    Have well defined tasks for interns, so that they can add to the productivity of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have interns work to some deliverable at end of term.
    Pay scale can be way better. Good talent comes with good pay as well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Encryption Software Engineering Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Encryption Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Encryption Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good Brand name on resume, good learning curve.

    Cons

    Old school company, laid back approach

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to take aggressive decisions and change the working lifestyle.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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