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  1. Its great working where your work is recognised and get to interact with many tech people.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
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    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Get the tech update from different people and be at the tech geek in mobile tech.

    Cons

    Symbian took over by Nokia...

    Advice to Management

    Keep the OS still for many phones to come.


  2. An exciting place to work at

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great team feelings. Lots of competent people. Great leadership. Management willing to listen and take comments onboard.

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted above a certain range. Certain roles have a limited job grade level meaning you have to move to a new and different role to get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    This is perhaps not really relevent now what Nokia has taken over Symbian: Ensure salaries are in line with the industry.


  3. Graduate pay is much too low and rises disrespecfully slowly.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Symbian is a great company with very talented people. A Software Engineer can make a real impact on people's lives with over 200million devices out there. There is a great graduate scheme with brilliant recruitment process - The best I've ever experinced in any Tech company. There are good benefits in general with 5 weeks paid holiday and a 5% company bonus. Possible to become an expert in a certain area very quickly. Current employees about to become Nokia employees which can only be a good thing. Very relaxed atmosphere. market leaders. need eight more words to fill this box.

    Cons

    Pay within Symbian is very substandard. Graduates salaries do not reflect the technical nature of the jobs they do, with graduates in certain "lesser" teams being promoted before those in better teams where the technical side of the role is substantially harder. (Kernel verses System Test). There is no salary negotiations, with the CFO dictating pay rises (or lack thereof considering inflation).

    Advice to Management

    Treat graduates with more respect in terms of salary and grades P1 to P2 should be considerably higher pay increase. LMs should be gunning for promotions for graduates, not scolding them when they ask for a pay rise.


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  5. Good Place to Work and Grow. Bad and Old Technology for Operating Systems.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
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    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some stupid managers BUT, if you are lucky enough, you can find some superb manager that will help you grow skill and career wise. And you have a certain degree of "possibility to move around", so you would be likely to change manager and, so, try different ones. The company, even if relatively small, is structured as a big one, with all the services and processes that are important to manage correctly (and fairly) people.

    Cons

    There are only very few young managers: this made the company being stuck on their dominance position for too long, and today it's going to sink while other companies are entering the market with fresh, modern, new products.

    Advice to Management

    Innovation should be, sometime, rewrite stuff from scratch: Symbian had ages to do that, but the company always preferred to focus on "binary compatibility". With all the people hired, it would have been possible to focus on Binary Compatibility AND start a complete new Operating System.


  6. Good brand, but uncertaininty due to recent news about Symbian Foundation

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good brand to work in the industry. Symbian is widely known brand and a global company. It provides great opportunity to work in one of the most dynamic industry. Likely to be taken over by Nokia i.e., opportunity to work for the largest mobile phone manufacturer. Good senior leadership team.

    Cons

    Compensation. Far too many changes. There has been number of changes being introduced, employees are losing the commitment to a change - because the change will be replaced by another one! Limited growth opportunities. Though Symbian is growing, external applicants seems to be given priority compare to internal applicants. Uncertaininty due to recent news about Symbian Foundation.

    Advice to Management

    Improve compensation/benefits and manage changes


  7. symbian bangalore

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    Current Employee - Graduate Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Graduate Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great work culture, informal atmosphere, good benefits.. and good compensation in India. Although thats a big issue in uk.

    Cons

    new starters are integrated into the sytem very slow

    Advice to Management

    nothing much



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