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"Highs and Lows"

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Former Employee - Manager in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Manager in Mountain View, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Symantec full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

Symantec offers the market solid technology - from security to storage. The Norton portfolio continues to be well received by the consumer marketplace. Brand awareness is higher for Norton than for Symantec.
There are many opportunities to make a difference at Symantec - only requirements - your initiative and the support of your manager.

Cons

The company is going through a massive reorganization which has crippled the momentum in a number of groups. This reorganization would appear to be more about cost cutting than streamlining and resetting the company for innovation and growth.

Advice to Management

Recognize the turmoil caused by the reorganization and the inability to prioritize markets and investments. Engage with employees and you'll find that they want to be productive and successful - but they need management to shift from an internal to external focus.

Other Employee Reviews for Symantec

  1. Helpful (4)

    "Once upon a time, a great place to work,,, maybe again someday"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to contribute abound
    Mission of internet security/availability/storage
    Still some great people here around the world
    Brand & Technology Leader

    Cons

    New leadership is passing out Kool-Aid and all must drink it.
    Long, hard hours with changing direction at leadership whims
    bit command and control - highly political

    Advice to Management

    Ensure diversity of thought


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Two Ferrets in a Pillowcase"

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

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great peers, excellent benefits, brand recognition on your CV.

    I made some great contacts within the industry at Symantec, and the campus is very nice. At the headquarters, the cafe is very nice, the onsite gym has what most people need, and they support EV charging at the main parking structure.

    The entire campus is tobacco free, which is nice for nonsmokers, but banishes the smokers to the sidewalks, even in the rain.

    Cons

    Politics, Management ignorance, and leadership failures across the board, "Take initiative" is verbally encouraged and punished if not successful.

    Internal processes are disorganized, and politics wins the day when it comes to budgetary approvals. Information flows are weak, and management training is very poor.

    Outsourcing has resulted in the usual problems: meetings at odd hours, unintelligible accents on the phone, and blamestorming when something goes wrong.

    Advice to Management

    Integrate the businesses. This is an amalgamation of businesses, when it should be an enterprise. Stop outsourcing so much: without a stake in the game, there is no ownership, and the profit motivation for making mistakes is astounding: They get paid for making the mistake; for covering up the mistake; for arguing about the mistake; and, finally, for correcting the very same mistake.

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