Symantec Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
1,762 Reviews

3.3
1,762 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance makes this company stand high in all IT product companies (in 192 reviews)

  • Great work environment - Facilities to employees at good (in 106 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 64 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    great!

    Current Employee - Purchasing Manager  in  Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Purchasing Manager in Cupertino, CA

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

    Pros

    Employees are positive as is the culture.

    Cons

    Culture was a bit silo'd when I started.. We gained C level buy in to change that.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    My experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Symantec

    Pros

    Very good environment to share the ideas and implement the process. It was flexible working time and nice place to work with.

    Cons

    Honestly didn't had any to discuss about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Unstable place to work in.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Symantec as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice people, decent pay, offers employees the opportunity to work remotely.

    Cons

    Poor management that keeps changing. People are laid off at will. No job security or direction for professional growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Management revolving door

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Director  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - IT Director in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Cool product. good place in the industry.

    Cons

    3 CEO in 3 years, 3 CIO in 3 years. the whole CEO direct staff replaced (except for one) in 2 years.
    This company needs a strong dose of management stability. The last CEO was on the path of transforming the company but his work was cut short by impatient shareholders. Too bad (even if I don't agree with all he did). At least he had maturity and a sense of purpose and a clear strategy...
    IT is a mess, stay away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Hire a strong seasoned CEO that will be able to stop the management bleeding and stop some stupid hiring practices made based on absurd criteria like Male /female ratio in a management team....
    - Revamp the whole HR team. HR in this company is incompetent at best, dangerous at worse
    - Facilitate the employees rotations from one org to another. it is curiously very difficult to change BU in Symantec and external candidates are often favored over internal experienced candidates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    stable company but no growth

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    Current Employee - Principal Business Intelligence Analyst  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Business Intelligence Analyst in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Symantec full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    v good relaxed work environment

    Cons

    no significant growth, the company looks ok not great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it up

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Progressive company in transition

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    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Reasonably progressive thinking management that fully embraces and supports agile practices, remote teams, flex hours and locations, etc. Good benefits and bonus plans. Well known products with good reputation. The company is putting a lot of investment into mobile.

    Cons

    Company still in transition for more than a year so expect fairly big changes and announcements every month or so. Top management and talent have left, but new blood has come in, still it's hard to hire top talent when competing in the Valley with Google, Facebook, Apple, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to pay the price for top talent, get rid of remaining older corporate processes and complete the transition to being a more competitive, faster moving organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Company that is searching for future direction

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very good work environment and great people assets

    Cons

    Lack of focussed roadmap, leadership and vision

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Transformation again.....

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Talented people that want to do a good job. Pay and benefits are good and the office environment is very nice. Symantec also offers some remote opprtunities which can be a great way to balance your life.

    Cons

    Three CEO's in the past three years and two major reorganizations have damaged the culture and the work environment. Strategy keeps changing and people are leaving either by choice or by layoffs. Company is not in growth mode at the moment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a strategy and stick to it.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    A desk job that's made for coasting through your career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Training
    Former Employee - Training

    I worked at Symantec full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    work-life balance is wonderful. show up, sit there and do your day-to-day. they have a decent benefits package. If you're not looking to challenge yourself and are OK with being part of the herd, this is perfect.

    Cons

    Terrible management. I should have seen the red flags when my manager would say things like "I don't like managing people" or he would come in and sit at his desk all day with headphones on - not once did he join anyone else for lunch. What kind of company promotes, (that's right he was promoted) a hermit to manage a team of people?!?!? He also didn't mind throwing other people under the bus to save himself. There are no clearly defined expectations, projects are a joke as they serve vague business purposes. The worst part, this company is able to sleep at night after laying off a 5 month old pregnant woman!!! whoa... If you're looking for a company recognizes talent, fosters innovation and creativity while maintaining a moral standard... you're going to want to run far far away from Symantec.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CLEARLY DEFINED EXPECTATIONS are a must. And don't sit down with an employee and give them grades on some stupid chart that was pulled off the internet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    A big mess

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    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good pay, established brand, relatively good work-life balance

    Cons

    3 CEO's in the last 2 years, broken processes, huge executive turnover, continuing layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new CEO in; Cut the fat and the crappy products; make people accountable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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