Symantec Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is the best part (in 224 reviews)

  • v good relaxed work environment (in 123 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance could be better (in 36 reviews)

  • There are also very few women in senior management (in 67 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Good People, Good Product, VP & C-Level Leader's need to Settle

    • 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 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Many Good Peers
    A strong industry leader in the Security Software
    Benefits are competitive
    Facilities are well maintained

    Cons

    Sr VP / C-Level is on a continues rotating
    Too many Re-Org , Staff is not given a opportunity to focus on Goal or Customer
    The reductions are needed to level the P&NL but concerning is getting to so deep no strong or knowledgeable enough to make good business decision

    Advice to Management

    You need to pause , step back , Listen to your Employee's and allow them to deliver to the customer, which will also drive Revenue goals for board members.

    Yes we know the SYMC & Veritas separation is close to completing, but that does NOT driving clear focus of goals are not needed. Cutting so deep you are loosing all your company's process knowledge, and leadership skills.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Not the place for new ideas

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

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

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

    Pros

    This is a great place to be when you are done coming up with good ideas of your own. It's ideal for those with kids they want to spend time with instead of solving real problems. Get a job here, collect your checks, and enjoy your family.

    Cons

    The internal politics are brutal. Good ideas suffer because of it. Decisions are based on quarterly gains instead of customer focus. This is a symptom of the current board's emphasis on stockholders' value over the opinions of employees or concerns of customers.

    Advice to Management

    Define a strategy and stick to it. The constant uncertainty with both product portfolio and organizational structure, creates persistent distress in those trying to implement this mess every day.


  3. Great Company

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

    I have been working at Symantec (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very Nice company, I've enjoyed working there

    Cons

    none, it is a very nice company

    Advice to Management

    carry on!! Things are looking up


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Boring leaders but safe

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

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I've survived almost a decade of layoffs and org changes in Finance because I know how to work people and play the game. People think the layoffs have been happening for the past 4-5 years but they haven't seen what I've seen
    Splitting the company is a good thing. The company did better pre-Veritas
    An environment where one can thrive solely on political abilities
    Good benefits
    Revolving door of top leadership in Sales and Finance provides job security. I'm providing the same insights to different people.

    Cons

    As long as someone else keeps getting laid off there are none.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  6. Fun Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Web Producer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Web Producer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Symantec

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This is the most fun I have ever had on a job. Everyone is so laid back, nice, friendly, smart, fun (did I already say fun? lol). I work on a scrum team and we are very close...feels like family. We work very hard and have an amazing time together doing it. I couldn't ask for a better place to work.

    Cons

    I can't think of anything negative.


  7. sr software engineer - internationalization

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    perfect work-lift balance. If you are 50 or about to retire, this is the perfect job! seriously, you can work from home anytime you want as long as you do your job!

    Cons

    pay is low and i believe is below average industry standard, but hey, you get the perfect work-life balance to spend time with families and friends. If money is not an issue, this is the perfect company to work for; if money is the issue, go somewhere else.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great company

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

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

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting meaningful work. Mostly great management team. Cool perks. Recognition for job well done. Campus location in Mountain View is nice and very close to downtown.

    Cons

    Acquisition of Veritas was big mistake, soon to be rectified with the spinoff of this business in fall of 2015.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Symantec need to change and pay employee their worth

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

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

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

    Pros

    - Great coworkers
    - Flexible schedule
    - Good benefits
    - Happy hours with work group (not company sponsored), but worth going for the company.

    Cons

    - Salary not comparable to other companies with same title
    - Silo work groups wanting to do things their way
    - Room for growth is far and few


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good, and improving

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

    I have been working at Symantec full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of brilliant people & challenging projects to work on. Recent high-level leadership changes and decisions are solid. Execution has greatly improved, and is still improving.

    Cons

    Inconsistent standards, depending on your manager. Management & Product Management tend to micro-manage and get overly involved in technical tasks. Some passive-aggressive management issues.

    Advice to Management

    Get with the program! Be honest and forthcoming. Be involved, ask the right questions, and provide direction - but do not micro-manage.


  11. Software Engineer Intern at Symantec

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

    I have been working at Symantec as an intern

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

    Pros

    good work life balance (depends on the team you are in). they pay well. Good speaker series events for interns.

    Cons

    company is going through a split right now. There is a lot of cost cutting going on and there are budgeting issues

    Advice to Management

    cost cutting should not hamper the work environment. the work force should be more diverse.



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