Symantec

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management Heavy, Decision Paralysis, Poor Pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Opportunities abound

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

    I worked at Symantec

    Pros

    When you demonstrate value, there are a multitude of opportunities for lateral moves.

    Cons

    Frequent changes in management over the past several years, but things appear to be settling.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company has reverted back to it's old ways

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

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

    Pros

    Very intelligent people at the level that I worked with, most everyone meshed really well and our direct managers listened to us They are willing to work with you if life happens to you and you have to leave early.

    Cons

    Lack of raisess for "Exemplary employees" is disheartening. Upper management and CEO who was replaced last fall, they don't seem to care what everyone else in the company needs as long as it stuffed their pocketbook full of cash

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to stop treating everyone else like gerbils. we're people too!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    It was great working for symantec. The employees are very friendly

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Intern in Roseville, MN
    Current Employee - Software Intern in Roseville, MN

    I have been working at Symantec

    Pros

    The timings are very flexible in symantec. Training is provided for new technolgies

    Cons

    The climate is very cold

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Think before you go here

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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

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Advanced Technical Support Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Symantec

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Cool environment and coworkers

    Cons

    Too many upper management changes. Not a lot of room for advancement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Huge Opportunities, Incredible amount of change

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

    I have been working at Symantec full-time

    Pros

    Market / Industry growth potential is awesome, lots of fun people to work with, people are resilient to say the least. Global footprint provides great challenges for the willing. Senior management open to new ideas and is quick to accept proposed changes

    Cons

    Incredible amount of churn at the top of the company from CEO to C-level to VP's. Lots of downsizing to get company to right ratios. Concerned whether there is true cohesion amongst the leaders. Difficult to see synergy and teamwork, lots of people with a unique desire to be the one to fix the company single handedly and not partner with others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to the basics, set the strategy and objectives. Let your VP's, Directors and Managers run the business day to day.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    An easy, albeit sad working experience

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

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, fair work-life balance, nice brand to work with, and depending on your manager you can get some pretty fair raises and bonuses.

    Cons

    Leadership failure. In my two years here the company went through 3 CEOs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in long-term leadership and develop a unified management voice.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    I left at the right time

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

    I have been working at Symantec

    Pros

    It was a great place to work until mgmt screwed it all up. At one time, I thought I would never leave, as it was superb company with a lot of opportunity for growth and development. Will they get to that again? I don't know.

    Cons

    Over the last four years, almost everyone I know at Symantec was let go. Literally 4 years of lay offs, which does not make for an enjoyable environment. One day you'd have a new boss, the next day they were let go and you were put somewhere else, that is if you made that round's cut. People bumbled around trying to figure out what their job was for years. I assume now that with the 3rd CEO in 4 years that something new is bound to happen, but I would be wary of going there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    A good place to kick-start a career, but don't stay for too long.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Lake Mary, FL
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Lake Mary, FL

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

    Pros

    1.) tuition reimbursement - $5,250 per year (but you have to pay it back when you leave).
    2.) performance reviews (raises) - 3% yearly raise with satisfactory performance.
    3.) good benefits - on site gym (a bit small, but decent), IT pit stop where you can take you devices for service.
    4.) I got a ton of experience in storage, OS administration, & troubleshooting that i will always be thankful for.
    5.) Colleagues were highly skilled & intelligent professionals that were always willing to help.
    6.) telecommuting on weekends & holidays.

    Cons

    1.) lack of career growth - management will say that they are willing to assist you with career growth, but it never happens.

    2.) layoffs - many employees were laid off on October 2014, & there are rumors that 10% more will be cut in January 2015 or later. I hope this is wrong.

    3.) no additional training after you become productive. You need to be passionate about learning new skills & you must invest in yourself. No one else will help you with this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1.) help those that are ambitious. If someone has a desire to grow & to build a career within your organization, you should help them, instead of trying to keep them in one spot for as long as possible.

    2.) don't layoff highly skilled, loyal workers; don't layoff & rehire. You already invested significant time, money, & resources into training these employees, it would be a waste to let them go. If restructuring requires more employees in one area & less in another, then work to transition your employees to that area instead of dumping them.

    3.) don't force employees to use PTO in order to "raise" your net profit (i don't see how you can raise net profit by forcing employees to take a week off. If your concerned about employees leaving & paying out that PTO, then perhaps you should work on employee retention) .

    4.) invest in research & development so that the company can produce products that are competitive in markets that matter (storage, cloud computing, big data, etc.).

    5.) learn - teach - learn doesn't work & is cheap. Symantec is a multi-billion dollar company, It wouldn't hurt to spend a couple thousand to host a class from a vendor on site in order to properly invest in your employees.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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