Symantec Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Software Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Politics! Politics! Politics! Cost control! Cutting costs! Layoff! Layoff!! layoff! Split and outsource! Outsource and Split!

    Cons

    Office is close to my home and the company offers free parking.

    Advice to Management

    Few listens and just don't bother mentioning.


  2. Senior SQA Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior SQA Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior SQA Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Symantec full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Well located.

    Cons

    Growth is slow depending on teams. Pay is also not very competetive


  3. Lost their way

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Kent, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Ok pay.

    Cons

    Lost their way. No longer an innovative leader. Doomed to fade away and die


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  5. IT Salesforce

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good wok CUlture, Amazing teams

    Cons

    There is lot of work load


  6. Uncertainty and rapid change causing morale issues

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Springfield, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Springfield, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The facilities are very good and the benefits are average for the industry. Majority of the employees are dedicated to their job despite the lack of resources. I have worked with many knowledgeable and talented people over the years.

    Cons

    Recent layoffs due to the company split with Veritas has left some departments with very few resources to deal with an ever increasing workload. Management is aware that the changes will negatively impact customers, but continue under the illusion that the company will improve. The focus on finance and cost cutting is being done at the expense of employees and creating a negative work environment. Uncertainty about the companies future has caused many talented employees to go into other roles or leave the company. The future of the company is in doubt unless management changes course.

    Advice to Management

    Start focusing more on employees and customers instead of reactionary cost cutting to keep competitive in the industry. The employees at Symantec are a valuable resource. Management needs a comprehensive plan for dealing with changes in the industry or the company will go out of business or be acquired.


  7. Good place to work if you get to stay

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Symantec full-time

    Pros

    Managers (mostly) listen and encourage innovation and creativity. Fairly permissive about working from home. Good benefits package. Great HQ campus facilities.

    Cons

    Some products getting a little "long in the tooth". Budget decisions sometimes have serious negative impact on day to day operations. Frequent layoffs that always seem to target the most seasoned vets.

    Advice to Management

    Stop managing the company quarter to quarter to appease Wall Street. When layoffs do become necessary, make an effort to preserve at least some of the "tribal knowledge" that otherwise gets lost.


  8. Tech Support Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation and benefits. You can learn a lot.

    Cons

    Split of company (Symantec/Veritas) is causing many issues. They are letting people go every month. Top management are taking decisions without think on their currently customers. New strategy to have a single cloud product will impact all other solutions and customer who had bought it. Resources in development team are moving from other products to this new Cloud software. If you are part of this new cloud project luck you otherwise redundancy coming on your way.

    Advice to Management

    Think twice before taking decisions and also make sure that it will not impact your currently customers it may make them never buy Symantec's products again.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Great place if you aren't laid off

    Former Employee - Client Service Representative in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Client Service Representative in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Best benefits ever, but low pay

    Cons

    Company values employees, but never know when your job will be cut/oursourced

    Advice to Management

    Help displaced employees find a job somewhere else in the company, instead of just giving a severance and pretending they never existed


  10. Helpful (2)

    IT Senior Director

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Symantec (More than a year)

    Pros

    Global software company which provides diverse work environment

    Cons

    evolving its business model which has added confusion to roles and responsibilities


  11. Helpful (3)

    Not the right place to work for!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with some of the best talents

    Cons

    No good work. Management is so bad and most of the teams do not have a product owner!



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