Symantec Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated April 30, 2014
Updated April 30, 2014
1,763 Reviews

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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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  1.  

    A big, stable company with lots of room for opportunities.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Business Development in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities for vertical and horizontal career growth. Locations all over the US. A stable product set, as everyone needs IT security. Committed to staying ahead of the curve by organic growth or acquisitions.

    Cons

    Too big at times. Such a large company that nobody feels very inspired to really go above and beyond the call of duty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to make the company feel smaller and more intimate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Wonderful but brief

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    Current Employee - Sales  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Start of great culture under Steve Bennett as CEO

    Cons

    Steve Gone now. too much leadership change. no consistency in direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    4 CEO's in 4 years. that is a board challenge to get its house in order

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Sr SQA enginner

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    Current Employee - Senior SQA Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior SQA Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Better oppotunity to grow
    good work culture

    Cons

    unstable higher management and Bad compensation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Culture shock to go from a growing startup into the bureaucracy of SYMC

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    Current Employee - Senior Director of Marketing  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director of Marketing in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    SYMC global presence allows acquired startups to substantially increase their sales coverage and brand recognition. If the sales force "gets" your product, it can be possible to quickly grow the revenue and see your marketing strategies work. Versus a US centric startup - you can design and execute on global campaigns. The people are generally very nice to work with.

    Cons

    Marketing team at SYMC was in much turmoil. I'd say the marketing leaders and org is have a hard time gaining the respect of the sales and product/engg teams. What that means is that even good marketing strategies from new hires can be seen with skepticism by Sales after years of weak marketing execution. Some functions like AR aren't staffed with strong players and need an upgrade.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set clear, transparent metrics for the Marketing leaders and hold them accountable. If they succeed, celebrate their success and help improve their brand with Sales and Product leaders. If they don't, look to upgrade.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great company to work For

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    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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible Work timings
    Nice Infrastructure
    Good growth

    Cons

    Less salary
    Sometimes less budget helps to create custom tools

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should pay good salary based on work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Internship review

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Symantec as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Symantec is probably one of the best company in bay area when it comes to taking care of their interns. Right from day 1 they will make you feel very comfortable. I found intern meets with CEO, CTO, CFO and some other activities to be really helpful. Their university relations team is really nice.

    Cons

    Except 2/3 groups they are not much into innovating new stuff. If you are looking to make your hands dirty on some really cool work this may not be the place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more into research.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Limited Growth Opportunities for Sr Mgmt

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Good Technology Talented People Loyal Customers

    Cons

    Junior Mgmt Team very little experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide Mgmt Training

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Symatec is a good place to work, has good benefits but management does not communicate effectively.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Symantec

    Pros

    great security products and knowledge and smart people

    Cons

    Management too many changes to project and they change their mind very quickly

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    long hours

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Union City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Union City, CA

    I have been working at Symantec

    Pros

    in this economy having a job is very important. it is a company that is stable and a good place for advancement opportunities

    Cons

    it is a very demanding place to work because it can consume a lot of your time. if you do not mind working very long hours, it is a good place to work

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