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Symantec Los Angeles Reviews

Updated March 1, 2017
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Pros
  • The culture at Symantec encourages a strong work/life balance (in 433 reviews)

  • Work life balance good but depends upon manager (in 71 reviews)

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  1. "Good company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Symantec (More than a year)

    Pros

    The culture at Symantec encourages a strong work/life balance. The benefits are great and go above and beyond.

    Cons

    Things felt a bit uncertain at times mainly due to frequent changes in C-level management, restructuring departments and work groups, and overall direction.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Not much to grow"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  3. "Fantastic benefits with work life balance"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Designer in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - work life balance
    - excellent benefits
    - ethical company
    - diverse

    Cons

    - company need to be more decisive and adapt change
    - falling back in the market


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  5. "Great company depending on the team"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great perks
    - If you work for the right team, your work will be recognized
    - has a lot of talent

    Cons

    - Too many teams makes the company disconnected
    - Big variations in compensation and visa sponsorship etc. depending on your team.
    - Very male dominated

    Advice to Management

    Needs to address diversity in class, race and gender


  6. "Good intern experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Endpoint Protection Engineering in Culver City, CA
    Former Intern - Endpoint Protection Engineering in Culver City, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Symantec as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good office culture, people are friendly and greet each other.
    Snack bar
    Bagel Tuesdays? (or was it another day)
    Intern contribution do matter even though software stacks are huge.
    Close to a mall for food and shopping

    Cons

    Not many programs for interns, only got to know some other interns from own lunches
    Rather slow start to get into working on projects
    Can feel lost sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Invest a little more in intern programs. The STAR program is probably pretty good, but not as much for the other departments. It was a shame I didn't really get to know many other interns during my time there.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Hostile Working Environment for Software Engineers"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Has office in a nice location in LA.
    Above average dental and medical plans.

    Cons

    One scrum master in the team has little engineering knowledge but has bad tantrum.
    One product owner is obsessed playing politics.
    Very little career opportunities because company is cutting the bones.
    Layoff each year.
    Old and slow devices for development
    Managers create a lot of stress on engineers for no reason.
    Not much innovation.
    Managers are running out of ideas and they keep asking engineers to provide ideas or they lay you off. But how can engineers give you more when they are loaded with unreasonable scrum and planning meetings!
    Managers don't have any innovation ideas and even no coding skills but keep engineering engineers.

    Advice to Management

    None. Two friends left for better employment and I got hired by a company that offered free lunch, free dinner, unlimited PTOs, a quarter million equities.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Work Atmosphere"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Principal SQA Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Contractor - Principal SQA Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Symantec as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They offered me a Job.I learnt different concepts in a short period of time.Every day there will be challenges in that company.You will get to be experienced with differnt kinds of people who will play politics and pull us down even though they dont have the skills and caliber they will distract us.

    Cons

    Worst Manager who does Micro Mangement and treat the employees and the consultant differently.They dont let the employess to work for more time they let the consultants to work for more time and does not even pay for our extra work.They pay very less for the consultants and demand more job...They wiill hire as a manual trester and demand us to do automation so that when they offfer they will offfer less not even the minimum salary and ask us to do more work once we are inside the company.Once we are done with the work without the contract ends they will throw us outside the company even though we are the deserved candidate...

    Advice to Management

    Dont do Micro Management


  9. "Title"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA

    Pros

    Great place to work. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Limited challenges at times. Salary not so high.


  10. "Excellent experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good learning curve both in technical areas and in management. Very good parameters to evaluate people performance. Good for long term growth.

    Cons

    Because of big company culture, it's difficult to switch to different fields. Sometimes work stress is high though work from home is always a good option.

    Advice to Management

    Overall great upper management.


  11. "Senior Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior IT Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior IT Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Symantec full-time

    Pros

    Great Management, progressive organizational support

    Cons

    none at this time overall great company

    Advice to Management

    keep focused on long term and not just the short term goals



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