Symantec Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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  1. Prinicpal Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Culver City, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Best security company to work and lots scope for growth.

    Cons

    Not having focus on innovation


  2. Helpful (2)

    For most parts, talent has already left

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    • 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

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

    Pros

    Executive management talent is better than before

    Cons

    Political, weak on strategy and execution, frequent layoffs and re-orgs

    Advice to Management

    Inter executive politics paralyzes the organization


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good work life balance

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Pay is pretty competitive and great work life balance.

    Cons

    Too many newbies from leadership down trying to figure out how to do things.

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to invest to fix fundamental problems like data and hire the right people who know how to do things.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Solid company going in the right direction. Great place to work with lots of opportunity

    Cons

    Management can be short sighted seeing only what is directly in front of them.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Riding the quarterly waves

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

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

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

    Pros

    -Great salary, benefits, and work/life balance, when you're in a stable department.
    -Get to work with some really talented people.
    -Shedding the Veritas weight is long overdue.
    -Company is trying to turn itself around and regain its leader position in the industry.

    Cons

    -CEO and CFO appear to manage quarter-to-quarter, and put shareholder value first, with customers coming second and employees last.
    -Same "leaders" are shutting down departments or outsourcing them in order to save cost, but quality has suffered.
    -The C-suite doesn't give the perception of living our core values. They talk about it often, but it's just lip-service.
    -Random company closures for a week to save money.
    -Underperforming stock.

    Advice to Management

    Still need to stay true to the direction you put us on. Stop re-structuring and changing directions every quarter. This place needs some stability!


  7. Helpful (3)

    Good Work Life Balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Symantec

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, easy job, good benefits, good colleagues

    Cons

    Not challenging enough. Compensation is way below market value.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Constant change

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Leader in Internet Security, Cyber Security

    Cons

    Constant change in executive management, no direction, "keep what you have been doing" attitude.


  9. Helpful (6)

    Just an OK place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

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

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

    Pros

    Run of the mill job experience. Do not expect a career path unless you are part of management inner circle

    Cons

    Too many re-orgs not enough action. Managers are afraid to speak up to senior management. New products/services just rehashes of existing ones but thinking they are progressive.


  10. Helpful (2)

    It was a good run

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation
    Location
    Working with brilliant engineers
    Plenty of food
    A good place to learn PM fundamentals
    Opportunities to grow if you're smart and aggressive

    Cons

    Slow to innovate
    Development cycles too long
    Big company pace and thinking
    Cost cutting taking the fun out of the place (no end of quarter drinks, home internet no longer expendable, no more Xmas party, travel cutbacks, hiring reductions, being asked to do more with smaller budgets every year)


  11. Helpful (5)

    Mixed Bag, Security Side Can Be Great But Information Management Not At All

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cunning Linguist in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Cunning Linguist in Culver City, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Everyone knows that the company is basically now two main parts, and it is planning to spin off and punt the "Information Management" i.e. Storage, Backup, etc. part under the "Veritas" name. The other main part is Security ie consumer and enterprise, Norton, etc etc.

    Security side is great, basically as long as you do the bare minimum, no difficulty in work, you get paid very well for doing very little. Security is highly profitable and stable, so you can easily coast along.

    Cons

    The storage side about to be spun off, however, is IMO being set up to fail. It is being (over)loaded with the dregs of the company, underperformers and the bottom 25% of the company, from top to bottom. I would be very very apprehensive if I were in Info Management, Storage, etc. groups being put onto the spinoff. Still lots and lots of politics on both sides and still far too many silos, fiefdoms and kingdoms with many bad "rulers".

    Advice to Management

    LOTS of folks are planning on jumping now that bonuses, options etc. paid out. Even in "stable" Security side, it's highly unstable. Nobody wants to be on Veritas side because the writing is on the wall when it comes to its spinoff.



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