Symantec Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
1,665 Reviews
3.3
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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.  

    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
  2.  

    Progressive company in transition

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    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
  3.  

    Company that is searching for future direction

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    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
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    Great people, chaotic management team, fickle board of directors

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    Former Employee - Senior Director  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The people are generally young, smart and eager to win. The products are good, some are great. The benefits are good. I enjoyed my time working at Symantec and wouldn't have chosen to leave. I think long term the company is now headed in the right direction. They simply need to focus, stick to the current strategy and do a little work on some of their products.

    Cons

    The board of directors is too involved in the business driving short sited change. The company struggles to act as a single entity and makes it difficult to work across customer segments even when the opportunity/need arises. The on-boarding process is lacking to non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to saying what you'll do and doing what you say. Stop making hiring/firing decisions for mid-level managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Symantec full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Symantec Sales offered a great place to work. Compensation was good, and the inside support for success was excellent. I'd work there again.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge is the same with any large corporate company now, they want you to do more with less. It wasn't unreasonable but it was challenging.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Decent company, good benefits

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    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer  in  Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    Good Company, but in the midst of some major changes at the moment

    Cons

    Poor vision from executive management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Progressive company with many benefits

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    Former Employee - Managing Editor  in  Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Managing Editor in Remote, OR

    I worked at Symantec full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The company is quite progressive in that they support telecommuting, have good benefits, and there were lots of bonuses and perks, as least in my opinion (never having enjoyed life at other Silicon Valley firms).

    Cons

    Very siloed, seems to be struggling to make the shift to new economy, has to avoid getting tagged as bloatware.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Making a difference that matters with bright people and great technology

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Symantec

    Pros

    Despite much of the change at Symantec, it continues to be a place where collaboration thrives, technical expertise is abundant and new and exciting offerings are being developed with innovative technology. Now more than ever, our personal, corporate and nation's security is at risk and requires new and effective ways to protect our valuable assets. It's feels great to be part of a company that takes on this mission with such great conviction and pride.

    Cons

    Change is a distraction, regardless of the outcome. Though the tech world is ripe for constant change, effectively managing the impact of this change on the organization to ensure the employees can stay focused on the most critical aspects of the job will be key to success

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be forwarding looking in our vision and strategy, take bigger risks both in starting and stopping efforts. Build a sustainable culture for innovation, risk taking and diversity in the workplace

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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.

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