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 217 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.  

    Great culture, excellent benefits.

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

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

    Pros

    Very collaborative culture, talented people. Good work-life balance. I really liked the education awards, and how they encourage a learning culture.

    Cons

    Too many layers of management. Regular RIFs. Not much room for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pare down the number of managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place!!!

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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

    Pros

    Great Place to work for!!!

    Cons

    Upper management keeps changing. Lots of flux!!!

  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Falling out of love

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

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, benefits and working environment.

    Cons

    current driving force is a overly conservative CFO and interim CEO. Too much change at once and changes are driving down moral with little response. Not the same culture from 5 years ago.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    A company in the right industry (Cyber Security) but that lack proper leadership to hit its potential

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

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

    Pros

    Work flexibility (in some groups / departments)
    On-site Cafeteria (very good food)
    Facilities are good
    Markets with potential

    Cons

    Culture vacuum: since the firing of Steve Bennett (previous CEO), there is no clear direction or attention as to where the culture and values of the company are heading.
    Compensation is not great (they usually aim at the low-end of the industry benchmark when hiring) and promotions are really scarce.
    Whatever is being considered (initiatives, projects, etc), it takes forever to get things done, if done at all. That is something that is really amazing for a high-tech company in a fast pace and changing environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your acts together: change/transformation is good up to a point. After that, it becomes Chaos. And firing a respected and true leader (Steve Bennett) at the beginning of a turn-around for no reason (at least publicly) does not help being credible with employees and most likely customers and investors.
    Also, get some respect for employees and stop serving us some external-PR-type (= BS) communication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Technical director

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

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

    Pros

    Very talented set of engineers in the corresponding field.

    Cons

    Totally Clueless management.
    Management style is more like "throw the mud and see if it sticks".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every new VP brings a new strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Symantec has been a ride.

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

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

    Pros

    work schedule, a lot of new projects

    Cons

    constant reduction in work force. do not have a sense of good direction of company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    build teams moral

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

    Corporate tech company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Roseville, MN
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Roseville, MN

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

    Pros

    People are intelligent, pay is good. My interview process was pretty non-technical and laid back. Travel is available if you have a geographically diverse team, or an important project.

    Cons

    CEO uncertainty often, everyone wants to build everything themselves instead of using an existing solution, budget issues are everywhere. We have to jump through hoops to get hardware.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is good, but the architects seem to give too much free reign to engineers in system design. The result is sloppy, or inflexible design.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Did our part to squeeze a few more $ from their acquisition

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Lindon, UT
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Lindon, UT

    I worked at Symantec full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    They have the big 6. Decent base, bonus, stock, ESPP, 401k, and decent benefits

    Cons

    Annual layoffs until finally shipping the entire project offshore. Putting a project into maintenance mode means those left get to bandaid aging technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up. Squeezing blood from turnips works

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not really different from other tech companies

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are competitive but not outstanding
    The work is challenging and interesting.
    Tremendously talented people - some of the smartest engineers.

    Cons

    Unstable management over the last 2 years - instability has led to some negative employee morale
    Change can be good, particularly in this industry, but Symantec's executive management changes haven't been made for positive reasons. Almost seems more like infighting.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Laid back, Not for go getters

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

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

    Pros

    Compensation is good.
    Work-life balance is the best part
    Flexible timings and WFH allowed in most teams
    Best for engineers that do not upgrade their skills and have no intention to grow / learn.

    Cons

    Benefits could be better
    Office environment / facilities could be better
    Uncertainty, layoffs can hit you anytime
    Too many top executive departures creating leadership vaccum at the top

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to a plan, portfolio and management team, and give them time to deliver.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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