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"Getting ready for takeoff!"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Flexibility
Benefits
20K+ company has lots of opportunities for mobility

Cons

6 months ago, I could write a laundry list, but things have certainly changed.

Advice to Management

Steve Bennett is the real deal!

Other Employee Reviews for Symantec

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work and improving under new leadership"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Market leading products with dominant positions
    They compete in relevant markets that are not going away
    Compensation seems to be in line or above average for the valley
    Benefits are above average
    Most groups respect work/life balance (hours aren't crazy, telecommuting is OK)
    Symantec is a logo that is known and pretty well respected in the valley when you are ready to leave
    Very strong corporate responsibility

    Cons

    Prior leadership was generally ineffective in creating company's vision, strategy and execution
    Way too many silos across products and business units
    Very slow moving to get things done (projects, programs, etc.)
    Inconsistent in attracting and developing top young talent (i.e. post-MBA level); better at recruiting/developing post-undergrad and Sr Mgmt (director and higher), but folks in between often fall through the cracks and leave for greener pastures

    Advice to Management

    Continue to execute on Steve Benett's vision, which was very successful at Intuit. Make this a company that people want to love to work for. Take pride in career development.

    On the product side, break down silos between BUs, streamline operations, shorten sales cycles, and invest in emerging technologies. Stop letting new players eat at our market share. Get back to innovating instead of reacting defensively.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good engineering teams, bad boardroom"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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