Symantec Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Great team mates (Dev)..

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

    I worked at Symantec full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I was in the Dev team. Amazing team mates; brilliant and driven. you'll learn something new everyday.

    Cons

    Most of the QA team I have worked with lacks motivation. They are just there to get a paycheck. Disappointment.
    Horrible upper management, not reliable at all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Database Administrator in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Database Administrator in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Symantec

    Pros

    Work life balance is good. Location is great. Downtown Mt view is close. Canteen is ok. Great coffee machines. Overall good place to work.

    Cons

    Now a days there is too much politics. Also the bonus amount is not reaching 100% rollout. More opportunities needed for training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle level management needs training

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Great Company

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Cupertino, CA

    I have been working at Symantec

    Pros

    Wonderful people, great managers and inspiring product

    Cons

    I really enjoyed working there - I didn't really have any cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Management nice, bright people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Product actually gets shipped. That is a a pro in my books. A lot of emphasis on testing. They do not cut corners there.

    Cons

    Product management is weak. A lot of really bad PMs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Great experience until the layoffs come around

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    Former Employee - Enterprise Support Technical Engineer in Springfield, OR
    Former Employee - Enterprise Support Technical Engineer in Springfield, OR

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Great people to work with. Nice building. Direct supervisors great to work for. Free bus pass. Gym and cafe on site and even has a basketball court.

    Cons

    Customers can be demanding, but that's to be expected. Training can be very lacking in some areas. No separate training staff. Upper management changes often. Layoffs to cut costs just to make the new CEO look good.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 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
  9. Whether to choose Symantec offer or not

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    1. work life balance is good.
    2. Good company to work.
    3. New technologies you will learn for sure.

    Cons

    1. You never know when is your group will closed.
    2. Compensation is ok.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let me relax my finger not to waste time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Impossible to get in

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, OR

    I worked at Symantec

    Pros

    Enjoyed contracts. Good working relationships.

    Cons

    Couldn't get on perm. Applied to tons of sales positions. No interviews despite previous experience. CEO was fired. Directors and VPs have left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop losing great people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Quality Assurance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People, opportunity, location, you control your career path

    Cons

    Noticed that management overlooked the best person for an available position for a buddy of senior management.
    Uncertainty company is splitting at the end of the year.

    Neutral Outlook

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