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"Good people and benefits. Mixed signals from board and top management."

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Current Employee - Senior Principal Database Administrator in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Senior Principal Database Administrator in Mountain View, CA
Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Symantec is very supportive of women, LGBTQ, and diverse ethnicitiesand cultures. There are numerous affinity groups and they hold events/celebrations for all employees. The benefits are good (health care, etc) and the compensation seems to be market driven.

Cons

Symantec has a problem with setting course and committing to it.

Case in point, the CEO Steve Bennett was getting high points with the employees and improving confidence within. Then the board fired him and replaced him with an interim CEO, Mike Brown. Previously the board had asked Steve (who was on the board at the time) in 2012 to replace the previous CEO Enrique Salem due to performance issues under Enrique. There have been three CEOs in less than three years.

A number of changes were made by Steve (e.g. improving employee to manager ratio from 3/1 to 8/1) and employee morale was growing. Now we are all wondering when the other shoe drops.

Advice to Management

Get your plan together and execute it. Plan for short term, but more importantly plan for the long term.

Other Employee Reviews for Symantec

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great people in lower and middle management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Operations Analyst in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Operations Analyst in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is very mature around the office. It feels like an old networking or hardware company, where there are a lot of people that you can learn the ins and outs of business from.

    Cons

    The maturity of the workers also makes it feel like there is a lack of energy or push forward. Everyone has been riding the renewals train for so long, they forgot how to get it moving when it stops. There didn't seem to be many opportunities to move up or around


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Constant reorganization makes it hard to focus since goals are forever changing."

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best work life balance company hands down. Lots of very smart people are most are generally nice.

    Cons

    Pay scales keep dropping and they expect you to get the jobs of more than one person done. Limited support from management and continued increased workloads. Didn't learn a lot from folks that I would expect to and did not feel that my career grew when I was there. This company has a ton of potential but just needs to get the right people running it.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people market value to retain and keep them and start treating them like you care. The feeling has been "If you are not doing what you are supposed to then you are gone. " (messaging from Steve Bennett-Symantec 4.0 garbage... he's no longer there. ) Stop promoting the wrong people that don't have the experience in that disipline. Seems like the suck ups get the promotions but don't know how to run their teams and manage down. They keep hauling in the money while the teams are drowning with no support.

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