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"Big, Bureaucratic Behemoth"

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Current Employee - Sales Executive in Culver City, CA
Current Employee - Sales Executive in Culver City, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Great health benefits, decent pay, nice people, stock price went up (good if you purchased stock via ESPP). Some of their products are great. New CEO, Steve Bennett, seems to really want to make the company a success. Has shaken out many middle managers and replaced VPs with his own cabal. Remains to be seen how effectively they can stream-line Symantec. Can't do worse than former management. I really think the new management team is sincerely trying to make things better.

Cons

Basically the same cons of any 20,000 plus person company. Tons of bureaucacy. Like trying to run through glue. Committees, meetings are required to do the simplest of things. Procedures, procedures, and protocols, and they are always changing. Senseless required HR meetings. Hard to focus on your core job with all the emails you receive from different departments. You have 20-25 plus passwords for 20-25 different computer systems that you need to login to from time to time. And you need to change those passwords every 90 days or so. Don't write them down somewhere near your computer! Constant bureaucratic noise. You forget what your job is. Is it to fill out HR questionnaires, self-evaluations, progress reports, legal documents or what?

Advice to Management

I think it may be a good thing that you got rid of 2000 managers. Just keep doing your best to streamline the business and make systems more efficient. Get a single sign on program for employees to sign into all programs with one password. Cut out bureaucratic noise. Don't be so legalistic. Let employees do their jobs.

Other Employee Reviews for Symantec

  1. "Not the ideal company for me"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Beaverton, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company, secure financials. Very good benefits package.

    Cons

    Too many managers and directors. Hard to accomplish many things because there are too many levels of managers to approve the direction or project. Divisions and departments are often quite siloed.

    Advice to Management

    Hope to see the new management and corporate structure pay off.


  2. "Needs to Manage Risks More Effectively"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Attorney in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Attorney in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Symantec full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people, trying to do more with less

    Cons

    Too many shortcuts in process

    Advice to Management

    Audit risks and controls

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