Symantec Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Program Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Symantec

    Pros

    Lots of new opportunities as the company undergoes major changes in the upcoming months/year

    Cons

    To help keep up with the market, many of the internal processes can still be better streamlined


  2. Good BU to work for

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

    I worked at Symantec full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The security teams (Response, Research, Dev.) offer a great workplace and the opportunity to work on cutting edge problems (both in forward and reverse engineering).

    Cons

    Like any giant corporation, things are moving at a very slooooow pace at Symantec.


  3. Split should make it stable

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Symantec

    Pros

    There is always something to work on. Good recognition for job well done. Great learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Frequent changes in leadership. There has always been an uncertainty due to which the work lost focus the last several months.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Low morale, cut backs and an uninspiring CEO

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Some talented and smart people working on ambitious projects - Established company and brand - Effort being made to improve facilities - Slowly modernizing technology stack

    Cons

    - Desperately low morale among employees, not even acknowledged by management - Constantly shifting goals and organizations, zero focus - Norton is being squeezed for margin, cut backs - Bare of minimum resources for any projects - An uninspiring CEO, who has little support from front-line employees - Management speaks about culture but does nothing to foster it - No real career growth, people are given more work and responsibility or move roles but no update to their grade or title - Widespread apathy within front-line employees - Company is in the midst of a disruptive split - Team building events are non-existent - Bonuses announced for all employees, but the pool of money for merit salary increases is seemingly lowered to cover cost of bonus - Very little innovation - Planning is terrible, everything is a firefight

    Advice to Management

    - Take notice morale outside of the Executive Leadership Team - Consider the balance between cutting for margin and its employee morale/career growth - Make employee development and career growth a priority - Stay focused and execute


  6. Helpful (2)

    Yet another reduction in force

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

    I have been working at Symantec

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

    Pros

    Fantastic Middle to low management. Great Food, reasonably good benefits. Pay is low on a National basis but good for this area.

    Cons

    The new Veritas Management has decided to shut down all support operations for Information Management in Springfield. 175 job eliminated.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Not stable

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

    I worked at Symantec (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good medical benefits. Big on culture, diversity and philanthropy.

    Cons

    Layoffs throughout the past 5 years. Layoffs in my team due to outsourcing in cities that pay less than the Bay Area. Never felt safe I would have a job the next day.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Love it

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, wonderful benefits, opportunities for career growth

    Cons

    You do need to be willing to sell yourself in order to advance; hiring is done based on "have I heard of you?" rather than your actual accomplishments. Keep a "brag" folder and make sure your boss knows what you've accomplished, and look for visibility opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Make an effort to know the people applying to positions, because the popularity game leaves many introverts in the dust so only the very silly and outgoing are noticed, despite serious questions about their ability to do the job.


  9. Has been better

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

    I have been working at Symantec full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Historically a great culture though is more like the rest as of late. Have been struggling against past relevance in a market that is increasingly competitive.

    Cons

    Lumping additional responsibilities on folks every few months by way of reductions.

    Advice to Management

    Know who you are in the market. Don't live in the past.


  10. Helpful (4)

    review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Symantec full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Well at least the sf group is doing good. Work life balance is ok They got some executives who look motivated

    Cons

    Lot of instability with the ongoing spilt re-org is going on for years and still they couldn't get it right Management changes are too often which is the reason for having no trust on them most of the folks are underpaid


  11. Great environment

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great pay, awesome benefits, amazing coworkers, perks galore.

    Cons

    Computer software is boring

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work



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