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Symantec Overview

Mountain View, CA
10000+ employees
Company - Public (SYMC)
Information Technology
$5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
Symantec is a global leader in providing security, information management solutions to help our customers – from consumers and small businesses to the largest global organizations – secure and manage their information against more risks at more points, more ... Read more

Mission: Symantec makes the world a safer place by helping people, businesses, and governments protect and manage their information so they can focus on achieving their goals.

Company Updates

  • The Williams Martini Racing team has relied on speed and innovation to protect their dominant position on the F1 circuit for 40 years. They rely on Symantec to protect their data and reputation. Check out how we protect Williams here.

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    The Williams Martini Racing team has relied on speed and innovation to protect their dominant position on the F1 circuit for 40 years. They rely on Symantec to protect their data and reputation.

  • We recently announced the completion of our acquisitions of both Skycure and Fireglass—two exciting new technologies that strengthen Symantec’s Integrated Cyber Defense Platform. Not only do these technologies extend protection for our customers, but we believe they will help you grow your business. Learn more here:

    Exciting New Acquisitions that Partners Can Capitalize On

    Symantec recently announced the completion of its acquisitions of both Skycure and Fireglass-two exciting new technologies that strengthen Symantec's Integrated Cyber Defense Platform.

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Symantec – Why Work For Us?

Join the leader in cyber security

Join the leader in cyber security

Making the world’s information safer isn’t a job – it’s a calling, one where your passion and focus can unite to help companies, governments and individuals secure their most important data wherever it lives. Operating one of the world’s largest cyber intelligence networks, we see more threats, and protect more customers from the next generation of attacks.  

INSPIRED we lead

Cyber-Security is so dynamic and fast-moving that every day we have to learn new approaches. Every day we are inventing and innovating from our engineering roles to our finance roles. We offer our employees comprehensive training and mentoring, as well as flexible career paths that allow you to skip from one lane to another.


UNITED we grow

Do you want to know how it feels to be part of an awesome team with a maniacal customer focus? A team where you are challenged every day to be bold in taking smart risks? At Symantec we are united in setting a high bar and fast pace to keep the world’s information safe. We believe that diversity fuels innovation and so we celebrate it.


IGNITED we win

Being the global leader in cybersecurity means we are uniquely positioned to protect against cybercrime. Come and join our winning team and heed your calling.


Cyber Security is a dynamic and fast-moving market. Every day, we uncover new approaches, every day we are inventing and innovating, from our engineering roles to our finance roles. You’ll get training, mentoring, and a flexible career path so you can skip from one lane to another. Our Total Rewards program is designed to attract world-class talent and to help inspire individuals and teams to achieve their full potential at Symantec.

Make Money

Do an outstanding job? Our compensation program delivers greater award opportunities for stronger performance and improved outcomes. And our WOW program allows colleagues across the company to reward the great things they see, too.

Be Well

Being part of a winning cybersecurity team is really exciting work, but the life you have outside of Symantec is important, too. Our comprehensive health and wellness offerings will support you at work and beyond, helping you improve your family’s health. Varying by country, Symantec’s benefits programs include medical, dental and vision insurance, wellness incentives, time off, voluntary benefits, and a flexible workplace environment with a focus on productive teams and well-being.

Plan Your Future

Your financial health is also important. We offer a variety of programs to help you build your financial security today, throughout your career, and into retirement. Depending on where you work in the world, our Employee Stock Purchase Program (ESPP) and retirement savings programs can help you build a strong financial future, in addition to any equity grants you may earn along the way. We also offer several income protection programs such as disability and life insurance to give you and your family financial peace of mind.

Have Fun!

Did we mention we have a fun and collaborative workplace? Symantec will be one of the first companies to get theWELL Building Standard®. Check out our new workspace at our Mountain View campus:

Start your career at Symantec

Start your career at Symantec

From day one, you can make great things happen. Our University program encourages and rewards big thinking. Working together, our intelligent collaboration will bring smart ideas to fruition.

Our interns and new college graduates are given meaningful, impactful projects in which the depth of their knowledge and skillsets are truly showcased. See more, know more and protect more with Symantec. Check out our university opportunities today! 

Make a difference here.

MBA Graduates

Big thinking is encouraged, rewarded and applied. We draw the very best people with a variety of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives from leading business schools. MBAs work in an environment where they can make a difference and bring a fresh perspective which drives innovation at Symantec.

University Graduates

University graduates are a vital part of our company strategy. Working side by side with experts in your field, you get a chance to bring a fresh perspective and approach to solving problems. Enjoy a company where intelligent collaboration brings smart ideas to fruition.


Take the opportunity to gain an invaluable and unique experience that will distinguish you from others. At Symantec, we relentlessly focus on the development of your career.

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Corporate responsibility is critical to Symantec’s business success. In fact, our mission to help businesses harness the power of their information and to make the digital world safer, is intrinsically linked to our corporate citizenship. As access to data protection, security, and privacy continues to dominate as a key societal issue in the connected world, our attention to corporate responsibility priorities enhances our ability to create business value.

- Mike Brown, CEO of Symantec

Our people, the world and your information

We believe that integrating corporate responsibility into every aspect of our business helps us achieve our mission of protecting and managing information so that everyone is free to focus on achieving their goals. For this reason, we are committed to operating with integrity, respect for the environment, and a commitment to positive social impact across the globe. Symantec is vigilant in maintaining strong governance and ethics policies and procedures. We also support and engage our employees by providing meaningful opportunities to develop professionally, grow within the company, and contribute to their communities.


At Symantec, our people represent the competitive and creative force behind everything we do. With a growing, international employee base, we strive to have talented and engaged employees with a shared sense of company identity and purpose across our operations. It is our goal to attract and develop diverse employees with the skills and vision to deliver on the company’s mission.

Symantec Women's Action Network (SWAN) is a networking forum for the women and men at Symantec intended to help support and encourage female employees achieve their potential. SWAN accomplishes this by building a positive work environment, supporting women to become more visible leaders, creating and providing access to best practices, peer mentoring and capability building. By focusing on growth, learning and networking, SWAN enhances Symantec's reputation as a great place to work for women.



Investing in the future of Cybersecurity

Today cybersecurity is one of the most important fields in technology and a serious issue for individuals, business leaders, Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and CISOs, and society as a whole. With every new digital device, connected car and mobile wallet, the risks are increasing and the need for cybersecurity professionals is now greater than ever. Yet, there is a significant shortage of qualified candidates prepared to fill these roles—an estimated 500,000 to 1 million jobs remain unfilled in the U.S. alone¹. This gap is expected to grow to a staggering 1.5 million by 2020². As this talent gap continues to widen, there is a vibrant community of under-employed young adults—including people of color, women, and veterans—that could fill at least 60,000 of these positions if properly trained.


The Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3) is a collaborative effort to address the global workforce gap in cybersecurity. SC3 was launched in 2014 with the Symantec Foundation at the Clinton Global Initiative America summer meeting. The program provides underserved young adults and veterans with targeted education, training and certifications that position them to fill in-demand cybersecurity jobs and enter long-term careers. SC3 addresses four key challenges across the workforce pipeline including:

  • Excite—SC3 supports non-profits and educators in raising awareness of the long-term career opportunities of cybersecurity.
  • Recruit, Train and Certify—SC3 recruits underserved populations into the field of cybersecurity, and offers industry recognized training programs implemented through a network of partners.
  • Prepare for Jobs—SC3 places students in cybersecurity internships for on-the-job preparation.
  • Launch Careers— SC3 connects program graduates to cybersecurity positions through Symantec’s network of customers and partners.


Hear what our partners and SC3 students have to say about the program:

We do important work at Symantec: we protect the world’s information. And we need smart, talented, passionate, unique people to help keep the world’s information safe.

If you feel you’re up to the mission, we’d love to hear from you. Check out the open opportunities at Symantec.

In the meantime:

We’re excited about our mission:learn more about how Symantec delivers below.

Symantec’s teams around the world are developing technologies and building solutions to help customers secure and manage their information. The company has a robust portfolio and a long history of technology leadership.

Security Technology and Response (STAR)

Symantec’s Security Technology and Response (STAR) division, which includes Security Response, is a global team of security engineers, virus hunters, threat analysts, and researchers that provides the underlying security technology, content, and support for all Symantec corporate and consumer security products. The group is Symantec’s eyes and ears when it comes to surveying and keeping a finger on the pulse of the Internet security threat landscape.

Symantec Research Labs

Symantec Research Labs (SRL) is Symantec’s global research organization and has played a leading role in developing and commercializing numerous cutting-edge technologies across Symantec’s business areas. Commercialized technologies from the group include industry leading rootkit protection, innovative browser protection technology to proactively block future exploits of known vulnerabilities, Symantec’s first antispamtechnology, generic exploit blocking technology that proactively blocks fast-spreading threats, online consumer security services, and technology to help protect our nation’s critical power-grid infrastructure. SRL also partners with outside organizations on joint projects, through its university and government research efforts.

Insight and Innovation

Creativity is deeply woven into Symantec’s culture with great technology and business ideas coming from across the company organically and through acquisition. The company holds more than 1200 global patents. Engineers throughout the company pursue advanced projects and work with our engineering centers, research labs and global services teams to translate hands-on experience into new security, information management technologies. Symantec also plays a leading role in key industry standards and certifications programs. It all contributes to the strong culture of innovation that we believe will continue to drive the company’s growth for the next quarter century and beyond.

Software and Services to Enable Confidence in a Connected World

Symantec’s portfolio of software and services protects completely, in ways that can be managed easily and with controls that can be enforced automatically – enabling confidence wherever information is used or stored. Our market-leading solutions help customers ensure that their information – from digital photos to intellectual property – is secure and well-managed.

Consumer Products

Symantec’s Norton brand of award-winning Consumer Products for individual users, home offices and small businesses focuses on delivering online protection of our customers, their systems and the things they value most – photos, documents, videos, and music – without compromising system performance. Our Norton brand of products and services range from Internet security solutions to PC tune-up and PC help services that assist our users to resolve their computer problems and allow them to get the most out of their PC.

Security and Compliance

Security and Compliance focuses on providing large, medium and small-sized organizations with solutions for information risk management, endpoint security and management, data loss prevention, and endpoint virtualization. Our security and management solutions ensure that information, infrastructure and processes can be protected, managed and controlled across physical and virtual platforms., Symantec’s hosted services, uses the power of cloud computing to secure and manage information stored on endpoints and delivered via email, web, and instant messaging. Building on the foundation of MessageLabs market leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings and proven Symantec technologies, provides essential protection while virtually eliminating the need to manage hardware and software on site.

Symantec Services

Symantec Services offers deep technical knowledge and expert resources including, managed services, hosted and support and education Services. With an expert staff and an extensive partner network, we help customers address information security and compliance challenges from the endpoint to the data center.

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    Great co-workers, beautiful campus, good work/life balance, unlimited PTO, interesting projects and rewarding work


    Frequent changes, but feeling positive with new leadership

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Symantec (Mountain View, CA) in July 2017.


    The worst experience I had till now is Symantec. Save your time by not applying to this company. Recruiters called me and we had initial discussion. First round was a call with hiring manager who asked decent amount of sensible questions. Then was onsite round. Reached Symantec HQ 10 minutes before interview time and first interviewer was late by 20 minutes. SERIOUSLY !!!!!! If candidate is late, its a negative point but what happens when interviewer is late???? First interview was design question and while I was explaining approach, interviewer was on phone with probably using whatsapp. I had to explain him approach twice at each point. Then had coding rounds. All went fine. Now is the worst part. Not hearing back from Recruiter after following up multiple times. What happens if candidate signs offer and don't show up on first day ? He is blacklisted in company records !!! Probably !!! Probably NOT !!!! But Symantec is blacklisted in my list of companies now. ALL THE BEST SYMANTEC for such a culture.

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Symantec Awards & Accolades

  • Leadership California Corporate Leader Award, Leadership California, 2016
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2016
  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2016
  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2015
  • Champion for Client Security Software, CRN Channel, 2014
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