Symantec

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    A slow sinking ship...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    There are a few pros of working at Symantec..

    1. Work life balance is good
    2. Facilities and benefits worldwide are great
    3. You have plenty of opportunities to try different roles within the company.
    4. Compensation is competitive.

    Cons

    - Most products are losing market share because they are either not relevant for the future or competition has out executed Symantec.
    - Weak product roadmaps
    - huge focus on managing bottom line. Not enough focus on driving new and relevant products that would drive meaningful top line growth.
    - significant attrition across all ranks.
    - inexperienced exec management team- outside of Mike Brown and John G, the rest of the BU leaders collectively have less than 10 years of GM level experience.
    - huge distraction coming from the split
    - overall employee morale has hit rock bottom and will lead to more attrition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the new companies post split private. You will not be able to please Wall Street while also trying to bring the business back to health. Focus on innovation and deliver products that are relevant for the future. Recruit and retain key talent. Stop the constant reorgs and RIFs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Company needs huge changes.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Springfield, OR
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Springfield, OR

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and the pay is average for my city. PTO accrual is average. Enterprise security product is still a strong competitor for now.

    Cons

    The board seems incompetent. After they fired Bennett, the budget cuts have been horrible and the employee moral has dropped.

    Micromanagement is similar to taylorism.

    We have had layoffs causing us to be severely understaffed and overworked.

    Many great staff are leaving for other companies.

    Huge decrease in opportunities this fiscal year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mike Brown, don't forget about your employees. We are people not slaves or robots.

    We need to invest more in innovative security and get that ATP out because competion is fierce.

    Give some recognition to support staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great at first but

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    • 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

    - great people to work with
    - awesome benefits
    - great environment to work

    Cons

    - management keeps on changing so career growth is a challenge
    - pay isn't that great

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the best to join at this moment if you like order....

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    Current Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Symantec

    Pros

    Great people, great set of products

    Cons

    Company in a middle of yet another turnaround - this time splitting, and at the same time streamlining.... A lot of chaos, management not communicating well. Layoffs....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start focusing on your best assets - the employees and communicate better!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Too much organizational churn - hopefully the company split will allow both halves to focus

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

    I worked at Symantec full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, technically stimulating work, really enjoyed working with some of the most intelligent people in my career

    Cons

    Management politics at all levels. Managers only looking out for themselves, Directors and VPs looking to make a splash by changing the entire game instead of making incremental changes to improve an already-successful organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopefully the business split will eliminate the sudden direction changes and churn that has plagued the company for the past several years

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Technical Support Engineer

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Heathrow, FL
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Heathrow, FL

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

    Pros

    The fellow engineers are great to work with and very flexible time off. Great benefits

    Cons

    Not a great place for advancement for minorities
    . Typical good ole boy good ol girl network

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adopt better hiring and promotion practices

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

    Decent

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

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

    Pros

    Overall, a decent company to work in Silicon Valley, not super hot/exciting. Good benefit packages.

    Cons

    Nothing hot/exciting. Average compensation overall. Stock price has been flat.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I'd go back in a heartbeat...within a different division.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security Sales Specialist in Springfield, OR
    Former Employee - Security Sales Specialist in Springfield, OR

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

    Pros

    There was a great team atmosphere, benefits, a real family atmosphere. I worked well with management and most co-workers. A lot of team events and bonding.

    Cons

    High sales pressure in a time of change, preventing lateral movement and ultimately leading to me leaving the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out your direction and be more candid with your employees. There was so much discussion around the water cooler of what was "going on" with the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Fun laid back place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - SQA Intern in Culver City, CA
    Former Intern - SQA Intern in Culver City, CA

    I worked at Symantec as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    The first thing that comes to mind are the people. Everyone here is incredibly nice and works together to accomplish milestones. The office is also situated in a really nice area close to a shopping center and there is plenty of parking. Being an intern, the compensation was fair and we were given paid holidays off. Symantec also holds intern events over the summer, which were really great (hackathon, luau, etc).

    Cons

    Overall I really enjoyed my time here so I have nothing bad to say but the one thing that I can mention is the constant change in upper management. The CEO changed twice in one year. During the first change there was a huge team reconstruction (layoffs, etc) and many interns were moved to different teams.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Chaos

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Symantec

    Pros

    Some really great people here

    Cons

    The split is highly distracting
    Leadership overly focused on the board and wall street

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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