Symantec

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Symantec Reviews

Updated Jul 30, 2014
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3.2 1,584 reviews

38% Approve of the CEO

Symantec Interim CEO Michael Brown

Michael Brown

(66 ratings)

61% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    A sinking ship

    Senior Development Manager (Current Employee)

    Pros* Benefits are great
    * Pay is decent
    * Smart Engineers

    Cons* Was heading towards a great company with great products, but CEO churn is bad
    * No clear vision on where we are going
    * Distributed teams without an understanding of how to work with distributed teams
    * Weak and uninspiring senior leadership

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart at the top and start figuring out how to organize yourselves.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    too much reorg going on, not a good time to join

    Operations (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    Proslarge company which has many resources. good pay and good benefits.

    Constoo much politics and less visibility into the senior management. too much reorg going on right now.

    Advice to Senior Managementfix the culture and retain talents

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    congenial environmnt and fun people

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    Prosgreat tech, benefits, casual culture and 401k matching plan.

    Consproduct management and business unit not coordinated well. too big.

    Advice to Senior Managementinvest in new technology and training people

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Went downhill quick after Enrique Salem

    Sales Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsSymantec has always had a good product portfolio. Several products are leaders in their space. Compensation is decent and sales comp plans are adequate.

    ConsToo many acquisitions has created some conflicts about the companies purpose and vision. There has been very little integration of the products as well. Senior sales leadership had high turn over and moving up or around in the organization was almost 100% political and had nothing to do with performance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHang on to top performers by promoting them and giving them additional equity in the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A Good company on its way down

    Senior SQA Engineer (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsHistorically successful product line which continue to make most of the money for the company.
    Some really good products. If you are lucky to be one those teams you get to work on some good technology.

    ConsVery unstable Management at every level. Since my joining a couple of years back every one in the hierarchy from my manager to the CEO has either left or fired. There has not been a month without organizational changes.
    Not very clear with the future strategy, expected with the frequent management changes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to get at least some stability in the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Big Company Culture, Must Control your own Destiny

    Senior Financial Specialist (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsCompensation fair
    Most people friendly & easy to work with
    Lots of opportunity to drive positive change
    With effort, you can drive your own destiny and move between groups

    ConsPoor training
    Most managers are not mentors
    Finance often works in a silos fighting fires
    Communication from the top down can be almost non-existent
    Politics drive decisions and many promotions (performance is a factor, but to a lesser extent)
    Poor yearly performance management

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is little to no useful training available, particularly around tools and processes. Doesn't do a lot of good to upgrade all your systems if nobody knows how to utilize them.
    Teach your managers how to mentor and lead
    Finance should be focused on business decisions, not reporting that isn't required or doesn't add value

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Ups and downs

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Herndon, VA

    ProsGood team, people and direct managers

    ConsUncertainty as to where the company is heading

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    Too many cooks in too small of a kitchen

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork life balance is great, ability to work remote, a wealth of online training

    ConsNo on really takes responsibility for decisions. You will have meetings to discuss further meetings. Since everyone works remotely, you wind up with lots of meetings covering status that could be covered in an email. Lots of churn and change. Most people get hired here cause of their company being acquired. It's like being thrown into the ocean without any idea of when you will get to shore

    Advice to Senior ManagementI know you are in flux and reorganizing, but you need to communicate more with your employees of your plans instead of just vague insinuations.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anti Virus is dead

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsThey have a nice Gym. Located in Sunny California. Its a good company to start your career in if you have just graduated from college.

    ConsPay is comparable to what your initial job function will be. Yet they will demand more and more from you, Promise you a promotion or raise to motivate you to then tell you to make you strive to do more. yet when it comes time to their one year review.... "You didn't do enough" and everything is biased on seniority. You can be the most talented person that the division or company has ever seen, do double the work, and in the end it means Jack. Ingenuity may be fostered but not rewarded.

    Sales for some reason gets a lot of Praised at this company. The majority of the time they are at the company gym or eating at the cafe. in addition, the Sales reps don't know what they are trying to sale. They tend to just transfer the customer to a Technical or Customer Service department, while still maintaining a nice base wage and collecting the commission off the sale that was handled by another group.

    Company has become stagnant, Gone through Three CEOs in a two years time. And has been cutting back in a effort to maintain resources. Any new generation knows Antivirus is dead.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement has been working at Symantec for decades appointed due to sonority. Majority of them because of this are unfit to lead a team due to lack of skills.

    Don't play around with your young talent. Holding onto your old sentiment mentality of seniority and praising those who are lazy but have been around longer is what is causing your company to look bad, and remain stagnant. Furthermore give credit to where it is due.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good engineers, lacking management and innovation

    Principal Software Engineer (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    Pros- Good engineers and co-workers
    - Good work life balance
    - Decent pay
    - Some teams have very good work

    Cons- Lot of attrition
    - Bad management, lack of strong, technical leaders at the executive level
    - Company needs to innovate and turn around but doesn't have good leaders who can help achieve this
    - Poor facilities (poor IT infrastructure, minimal snacks and beverages)

    Advice to Senior Management- Need to take risks and innovate
    - Need more focus on engineering and technology

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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