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"CHAOS and mismanaged"

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Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

good work life balance. great office (yes a personal office). Good benefits

Cons

No defined direction.
No real innovation. They claim to file for lot of patents, but they are just in the existing products. There is no real new product that comes out.

Even if they start a new initiative, after a few months down the line if they see no real revenue coming or the person who started that product leaves, they just shut it down. Common you could have analyzed the ROI way before starting the product.

Abruptly shuts down products which are in market.

every 6 months or so a re-org happens. It seems that some higher up manager/leader needs to show that he is "working" and wakes up to do a re-org.

They are still stuck with a mix of Agile/Waterfall model. Though most of the teams claims to be running Agile, its basically a v5.0 of Waterfall model.

This is a Mammoth (not an elephant). They say 4.0 will turn it around, but 4.0's been going on for over 1+ year and not sure if it did turn the Mammoth into an Elephant yet.
The point is : its difficult to churn the Elephant around within an Year or 2.

Advice to Management

Hire some really good engineers. and cut of the management heavy layer that you have.
Hire some really good Product managers too.

Our mobile products are released every 2 months, where as every other mobile company releases every 2 weeks. No one is going to wait for such a long release.

Other Employee Reviews for Symantec

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Team & Poor Management"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generally speaking the company pays competitive salaries. Great global Talent in India & China.

    Cons

    M&A had created a lot of silos and poorly integrated solutions. Hard to be recognized unless you’re within the small leadership circles.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Growing pains"

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, great coworkers, good work/life balance, smart people, good about allowing opportunities for training/personal development, benefits are good

    Cons

    regular lay-offs, growth through acquisition only, Symantec milks an acquisition for about 3-4 years then places software in maintenance mode, hard to generate internal organic growth

    Advice to Management

    Leverage internal talent for organic growth, encourage more internal innovation rather then looking almost exclusively to acquisitions for growth.

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