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Symantec Los Angeles Reviews

Updated November 14, 2017
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  1. "Good company overall"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scrum Master in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Scrum Master in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Symantec full-time

    Pros

    Stable, company has been profitable for a while.
    Actual paths for promotions if you put in the effort
    Compensation is good when accounting for RSUs / grants / bonuses
    Benefit package is good, lots of perks

    Cons

    Older company has some people stuck in their ways.
    Not new or cutting edge technologies for the most part.
    Some bureaucracy with the larger company.

    Advice to Management

    Look for opportunities to reduce overhead. Some people are guilty of paper-pushing or creating unnecessary work for others.


  2. "Good place to work for a large corporation"

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    Former Employee - Art Director in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Art Director in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    User focused for the UI designs we made. Lots of usability tests to validate the direction we were going. Quite a few perks.

    Cons

    Typical politics that comes with a large corporation (and a public company).

  3. "Software QA Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software QA Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Software QA Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great. Spacious Office. Good Salary. Some group activities. Opportunity to grow professional skills. Agile project planning. Nice and warm colleague communications. Free parking space to work. Convenient restaurant in the basement.

    Cons

    I had been managed by 15 to 17 managers in 10 years and I had been in many different projects. Some manager may not know my strength well because they had managed me short period of time. This situation had made me less advantageous in performance review a few times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep employees in the same team and make less job transfer.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good people hindered by poor management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Smart People
    Passionate folks
    Leader in field

    Cons

    Lack of stability and too many layoffs
    4 CEO's during my time there
    Poor pay compared to competitors

    Advice to Management

    I doubt anyone from management will read this, but if they do - figure out how to distribute the wealth to hard working employees who are working from paycheck to paycheck versus doing layoff after layoff.


  5. "Very good experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Symantec (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are very friendly and patient to new fish. My team has good plan for interns.

    Cons

    Daily job is more about maintaining other than developing new stuff.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Software QA Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software QA Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Software QA Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Symantec (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Pay, Engineering Work, Spacious Office, Quiet Atmosphere, Software Career Growth, Flexible Hours

    Cons

    A little bit of stress. Not too much to talk about.

    Advice to Management

    Try not to assign employees to different type of positions.


  7. "Software Engineering Intern"

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    Current Intern - Software Engineering(Masters Level) in Culver City, CA
    Current Intern - Software Engineering(Masters Level) in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Symantec as an intern

    Pros

    Good Work Culture.
    Interesting Work (If assigned).

    Cons

    The work given is not related to the ongoing project but some other which is not intetresting

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Well known name"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Famous name is the main advantage.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and low level of moral.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees, don't try to micro-manage them.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "My team is great, but cost cutting is hurting employees"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My manager is great, love the team I am on. Have great flexiblity and love the problems I am working on.

    Cons

    Seems like we have been going through cost cutting for years now. My team keeps getting smaller due to layoffs. Some got a really small pay raise, while others got none at all. Most of these decisions are done behind closed doors with no input from front line employees. Seems like the company is only concerned about short term gains in the stock price.

    Advice to Management

    Let the front line employees have a voice when you make decisions, especially ones that blind side us. Look at the entire picture not just the current stock price.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Not much to grow"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    very slow and relaxed ...

    Cons

    you never grow in your career


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