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  1.  

    A great place to work (Symbian Ltd.)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Symbian was a great place to work, it had some of the smartest people I have ever met working there, and (before the takeover) the facilities and culture were excellent. We had tech talks once a month and great parties.

    Cons

    The companies structure (owned solely by manufacturers) meant it was always too beholden to a few big device makers, this had a massive impact on what we could create and how we created it, we had to do what was best for other companies, not ourselves and the product we were creating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late now, but we should have pushed the product in the direction that was best for consumers and the market rather than our shareholder companies. Symbian had touchscreen before anyone else, Symbian had a promising UI that we were forced to sell.
    Also, we should have paid MUCH MUCH more attention to the negative feedback we were getting from third party developers, devices (computers included) have always been about the Apps, if its too hard to create Apps, your not going to capture developer mind share, which in turn means you are not going to capture as much market share. The fact we were on 90% of smartphones and no-one else was even close, turned out to be a bad thing. We had no competition to mark ourselves against, and when iOS came out and was so far ahead in some ways (the ways that mattered), but so far behind in other ways (the ways that didn't), the threat it posed wasn't fully appreciated until it was too late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    From nothing to everywhere in four years!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Symbian

    Pros

    I worked from the beginning of Symbian through to 2002. It was an awesome startup that really took over the tech press and dominated the mobile world...for a while

    Cons

    And then those pesky handset manufacturers got in the way. Shame that so much promise was squandered in the early 2000s.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't mix customers with shareholders

  3.  

    Once in a lifetime opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Symbian was one of these rare situations where a team of brilliant people come together and make the most of a tremendous market opportunity. It was an incredibly well-led company that ran like a machine and produced some of the wides ever used software on the planet.

    Cons

    Tragically, Symbian's phone vendor shareholders did not realise the potential of the people in Symbian. While the software was getting outdated and contained a lot of legacy that could not be removed, they should have used the technical talent, management capability and development process experience available in Symbian to develop a new phone OS platform that could compete on a level playing field with Google Android.

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  5.  

    Nice to work with Symbian and u love it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    So much Employee friendly and good pay

    Cons

    no future for product and any way Nokia closed this product development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    wrong step

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    coolest ever on the planet earth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Packer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Packer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    good thing that matters most

    Cons

    real good in benefits and bonus annually

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    very well

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Software Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Symbian

    Pros

    There was a real focus on the software, and keeping the engineers happy. More so than I have ever seen at any other company.

    Cons

    Under resourced. Our internal and external customers asked for a lot - there was always too much to do, and not enough time to do it in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall a fine job. We had a vision of the way forward, and apart from minor issues along the way, we tended to execute that vision.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Symbian - a happy place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Symbian

    Pros

    The calibre of the majority of other employees. The presence of a strong social programme. A good benefits package. The training opportunities for non-technical competencies is very good and applying and being accepted for training courses is automated and rarely declined. Communication of company news via monthly team briefs is excellent and most welcome.

    Cons

    The difficulty of removing less than stellar employees. Some of the communication is inconsistent - not all teams get the same level of quality of information cascade.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Aggressively continue the current programme of improvements. Information in team cascades could be made more interesting and relevant to the engineering teams.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Symbian

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep the OS still for many phones to come.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    An exciting place to work at

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager

    I worked at Symbian

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Graduate pay is much too low and rises disrespecfully slowly.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Symbian

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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