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"Good engineering teams, bad boardroom"

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Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Mountain View, CA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Symantec full-time (More than a year)

Pros

The software and IT engineers were very experienced, knowledgeable and friendly. The mid level and project managers were very good and organized. Communication between and within teams was good.

Cons

The senior upper management seemed to not really know how to properly run a technical software company: their focus seemed to me on marketing and sales rather than making a quality product. Important teams were outsourced to India and China with much less efficient results and lower quality code.

Advice to Management

Focus on making great products, not on driving your stock up. Let your employees create great products and stop with the cost-cutting, layoffs, and outsourcing.
Off topic: entirely overhaul your UI/UX design process: the software has been getting harder to use, not easier.

Other Employee Reviews for Symantec

  1. "Great people, benefits and work/life balance, with good work schedule flexibility; no upward mobility or clear vision"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Lindon, UT
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Lindon, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation is better than average, benefits are great, and the culture is good, people are great at the office. Challenging engineering problems are always present, and flexibility in work schedule and process allows for creative solutions. Symantec has just picked up a new CEO that is laser focused on reinvigorating the business, and this is providing a more positive outlook on the future.

    Cons

    'Thrashing' occurs frequently because of the loose process and somewhat ambiguous direction or absence of vision. Layoffs have occurred multiple times so there is always a looming apprehension about this reoccurring. A career track is virtually non-existent - it seems as though most are destined to remain in their hired positions for the length of their employment, rather than be encouraged to promote up. A common direction and enthusiasm for the business has been absent for some time, but may turn around with Steve Bennett as CEO.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage more enthusiasm for the business, and emphasize the importance of each role in the company as a vital part of the future success. Promote up key/star employees within the company, and foster a competitive culture that encourages more of this. Align all business units with focus that is in sync with Symantec's vision, and communicate more effectively how each business unit is a part of that vision.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Change and Employee Talent Retention"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Symantec full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, middle management has open door policy.

    Cons

    Lay offs took place at least twice a year, there is constant reorganization and merging of acquired talent/products. The yearly review process is cumbersome and does not allow for performance changes that are related to medical leaves of absence.

    Advice to Management

    Products need to have an end of life. Recruiters need to be move involved with the hiring of talent or the rehiring of talent that was laid off due to reorganization or such.

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