Symantec

  www.symantec.com
  www.symantec.com

Symantec Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
1,771 Reviews
3.3
1,771 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Symantec Interim CEO Michael Brown
Michael Brown
138 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance makes this company stand high in all IT product companies (in 224 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 36 reviews)

  • Need internal sales talk to senior management to keep or find new position at RIF (in 67 reviews)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a good vision Management doesn't care about Individuals

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    Work wise it is good, some departments do not have opportunity to grow the career. It always depends on which department are you under with and who is your manager to make your life and career better.

    Cons

    After having new CEO, new SVP and VP and much more changes in management, the vision of the company is distracted and it does impact individual employee a lot. Lot of people are quitting their jobs because of that. I would not recommend anyone to join this company at the movement atleast until next year, I would say after July 2015.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They don't care about our Advice so I would leave this blank

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great co-workers, Horrible corporate practices

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people I work with are wonderful. I was very excited to get a good paying job with such a great selection of benefits.

    Cons

    The training and documentation left a lot to be desired, at least for our product. They just did a huge layoff of tech support people across the company, targeting not only weak performers but experienced techs, older workers, and people who used too many benefits this year. They're just looking for ways to make a fast buck, not have quality support or produce quality products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make Symantec a place to retire from, not just a place on a resume.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great potential-lacking transparent leadership

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

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

    Pros

    Competitive benefits, compensation and above average growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Lack of communication from management explaining decision making reasons leaves employees feeling tossed to and fro without reason. Feels like a board and CFO run company with no employee advocates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You will find much more motivated and driven employees who understand change and hardships better if given the reason and overall plan and understood what the end game is intended to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Symantec is easy living for a software engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Interesting work for an engineer & a smattering of smart people who care deeply about solving problems. Not much internal competition, and the culture is generally about 'nice' so day to day life is pretty easy.

    Cons

    Kind of like the Lazy T ranch, not much urgency or drive in much of the company. Lots of smart people showing up, typing a little into their computers, and then going home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well, management has had a lot of turnover lately, so any advice to management would be lost pretty quickly :)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    No direction and office politics

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting tech and industry given it is continuously changing -- it's also a very hot-button topic as security relates to all sectors - consumer, business and gov't

    Cons

    Tons of office politics. Terrible morale. No leadership. Continuous layoffs, exec departures and new leaders who don't know the business and don't have a clear direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need new company vision / direction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Decline InforSec giant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    no overtime work. Trust culture is better all the company I've worked for

    Cons

    management sucks.
    lost market share duo to cannot keep up with cloud trend

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on innovation. Cut the bloated middle-level manager

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior IT Business Partner in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior IT Business Partner in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of great opportunities, great people to work with from the business, benefit package is excellent

    Cons

    Constant executive churn over the last several years, which creates a very unstable environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick great leaders and define a great product & customer strategy & give it some time to develop & succeed

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 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
  10.  

    could/should improve but a good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    reputable company, pays wells and has solid medical benefits. There are many talented, brilliant engineers

    Cons

    management is constantly going through changes, it's distracting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A good place to work and find a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Springfield, OR
    Current Employee - Director in Springfield, OR

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

    Pros

    Positive work environment in the local office. Solid benefits with health and others starting day one of employment. Great opportunities to start out in entry level positions and work your way up.

    Cons

    Quite a bit of volatility and turnover among senior executives over the past couple of years has left quite a few employees nervous about the strategic direction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

Work at Symantec? Share Your Experiences

Symantec

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.