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Symantec Reviews

Updated January 17, 2019
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  • "There is nothing work life balance in symantec" (in 75 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great people and management, excellent products,"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture, Products, Benefits, Management, Campus, Great food

    Cons

    I can’t think of any cons worth mentioning

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you’re doing. The culture here is better than any company I’ve worked for.


  2. "Moving ahead"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    + New products and services
    + Growing industry
    + Important social impact
    + New leadership is cleaning up the campers, wasteful spending, and holding people accountable
    + Culture is shifting into a more technology company
    + New leaders from acquisitions are making very positive change

    Cons

    - It can be difficult if you are not skilled at managing change personally or don't have strong leadership skills
    - Healthcare benefits are slightly below average

    Advice to Management

    Invest in top performers and don't accept mediocracy. Keep it up

  3. "Good long term company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    steady paste of work, good work life balance, good benefits

    Cons

    projects take longer to be executed, a lot of dependencies on other teams, weak culture,


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Typical giant corporation"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fairly generous stock options are given during annual reviews.

    Cons

    The politics of working in such a large organization often get in the way. Teams are often needless developing the same products and tooling instead of sharing.

    Advice to Management

    Try to get teams to work more closely together and use internal teams to beta test ALL products before they are released to customers. If an employee is unwilling to use a product for free, why would a customer pay for it?


  5. "Challenging and dynamic"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Director in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Engineering Director in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I moved through 5 different groups in 10 years with Symc and learned a lot.

    Cons

    Some years I had 4-5 different managers because of wide scale reorgs.

    Advice to Management

    There is enough change, without change for the sake of change.


  6. "Corporate hell"

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    Current Employee - CBU Department
    Current Employee - CBU Department
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and somewhat laid back.

    Cons

    Benefits aren’t the best, our stocks suck so the stock options aren’t worth it, and the culture and environment is very stale. Bunch of old people running the show that doesn’t want any change. Typical corporation and lots of sexism.

    Advice to Management

    Change with the times. It’s not 2005 anymore.


  7. "Software Engineer Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    growing company, with a lof of work life balance and people are great and nice to socialize with.

    Cons

    Can't think of one only worked as an intern

  8. "Great Products!!! Lousy employer."

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

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

    Pros

    Symantec has the best products on the market.

    Cons

    Constant upheavals. Executive management really out of touch with the employees, and completely untrustworthy. Always in RIF mode.


  9. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of company wide Events/Beer bashes etc
    People are awesome
    Great work life balance
    Company is great at keeping their employees motivated
    Get to work on the latest cyber-security products

    Cons

    Lots of changes in top management
    People getting laid off at moments notice, products getting shutdown w/o warning
    Losing focus, company has had a flat revenue model for a number of years and that's troubling
    Employees take undue advantage of the work/life balance flexibility and are hardly at their desk
    Sometimes the culture is too laidback.
    A lof of their legacy products in their portfolio in trouble (losing revenue)

    Advice to Management

    Management doesn't want to take the risk of experimenting with new products and are too conservative. They launch brand new products (Im not going to name which one - that's for you to guess), and shut it down w/o giving it a chance for it to prove itself.

    Symantec's focus on security is too vague.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Pre-Sales Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Pre-Sales Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Pre-Sales Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loved my customers, Loved the fp;ks I worked with.

    Cons

    Upper management is a revolving door.

    Advice to Management

    Massive layoffs because a new CEO comes in are ridiculous but if they are necessary perhaps they could be carried out with a little more panache. Having my boss's boss (whom I had only ever fleetingly met once) call me on a Friday afternoon while customer is sitting alongside me as I am mod-install of a PoC when I already have plane tickets in-hand for next week's sales kickoff in Vegas is not cool. It's humiliating, embarrassing, and unprofessional. Especially when you consider it was I, along with my AE who brought in the largest-ever (USD $M) deal of the products we were selling. Not cool.