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Symantec Mountain View Reviews

Updated January 18, 2018
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Mountain View, CA

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  1. "Great work/life balance"

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    Current Contractor - Global Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Contractor - Global Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Symantec as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I have fantastic, fun co-workers and a supportive manager that makes herself available to think outside the box with me.

    Cons

    I'd like to see more opportunities to meet co-workers in other parts of the business.


  2. "Senior Paid Search marketing Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Senior Paid Search Marketing Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Paid Search Marketing Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Work from home schedule is amazing.

    Cons

    Constant Lay Offs and Executive changes

  3. "Good to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good products, lot to learn, get to work on new technologies.

    Cons

    Average . Average Average Average Average


  4. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits. Professional environment. Not much office politics.

    Cons

    I worked on the storage side that was spun off to a hedge fund, and our part of the business wasn't doing that well.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Roller coaster ride in a highly charged environment"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and perks. Some good people trying to move the company forward and are committed to doing what’s right.

    Cons

    Constant financial engineering to protect and position the ELT as successful and to maximize shareholder value at a cost to the business. Constant shift in priorities, budget cuts, and layoffs / reductions causing lots of uncertainty and ambiguity. In this environment, it breeds bad behavior by teams and people around you who are only focused on protecting their turf or jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the financial engineering games and do right by the business. Focus on innovation and rewarding folks who truly do commit themselves instead of protecting your precious ELT.. You are killing all innovation in cyber security.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Constant Fear of Lay offs"

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    Former Employee - Senior Pricing Analyst in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Pricing Analyst in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, Good Benefits.

    Cons

    Constant Lay offs, I worked for Symantec for 7 years and every year we had a lay off. No one was safe, even the top performers were let go. If your number was up, you were gone. Too many silo's, didn't know the person in the cube on the other aisles as everyone was head down afraid of being the next person laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Challenge your employees to be the best that they can be.


  7. "Symantec is a shell of its former self"

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    Current Employee - Finance in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Finance in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Symantec has pay above market to keep high value employees because of how frustrating this place is to work. There are few great holdovers among management from days gone by, but those are become rarer and rarer.

    Cons

    High turnover among executive management creates disjointed strategy and execution. Extremely short term focused management. Puzzling layoffs. Pay and promotion freezes are the norm.

    Advice to Management

    Start fresh—this C suite can’t be fixed.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "First year analyst"

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

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

    Pros

    People, the job perks, and the cafeteria

    Cons

    Work life balance and management


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Every Type of Security Except Job Security"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reasonably good health benefits and generous equity plans for managers above the director level.

    Cons

    Managers playing favorites; executives stoking rivalries between direct reports to create a better work output; unfair and unhelpful performance feedback process.

    Advice to Management

    Create a medium-to-long-term business plan that you can realistically achieve and identify the resources you need to accomplish it. Identify the resources you don't need and do all the layoffs at once, instead of the current "layoff of the month club" model. If someone is not performing to plan, provide feedback so they can get on the right path. Do not wait until annual goals are not met to get the train back on the track.


  10. "Overall a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall decent benefits
    Work culture was good

    Cons

    Senior leadership vision related issues around 2015


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