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Updated February 26, 2017
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Pros
  • The culture at Symantec encourages a strong work/life balance (in 429 reviews)

  • Work life balance good but depends upon manager (in 70 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Great Team"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Symantec full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers, beautiful campus, good work/life balance, unlimited PTO, interesting projects and rewarding work

    Cons

    Frequent changes, but feeling positive with new leadership


  2. "good company to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    very smart people in R&D, finance and exec level.

    Cons

    Feel bureaucratic mess sometimes, lot of redundant roles.

    Advice to Management

    Hopefully the publically announced synergies for Blue Coat acquisition and similarly for Life Lock acquisition will take care of most of redundancy spread across Symantec. Greg & co have lots of very successful experience in running an extremely lean and productive organization Blue Coat and still produced growth. That's a rare combination and requires best in the class expertise in domain knowledge, market conditions and capital allocation. Only advice to execs: keep up the good work.


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    "Sr director operations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Symantec full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility work-life balance good pay

    Cons

    Mgmt changes and lots of dead wood

    Advice to Management

    Promote talent and cut the dead wood...cut deep and fast.


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  5. "Renewal Rep"

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    Former Employee - Renewal Representative in Springfield, OR
    Former Employee - Renewal Representative in Springfield, OR

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

    Pros

    Very flexible hours and good work/life balance.

    Cons

    There were constant rounds of layoffs and not a lot of stability.


  6. "Software QA Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Symantec full-time

    Pros

    Great people and work culture

    Cons

    No clarity from management about future growth


  7. "Marketing nanaget"

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

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

    Pros

    Perfect market opportunity for the company. Strengthened their portfolio with the strategic acquisition of Blue Coat systems. Largest Cybervsecirity Comoany in the world, with solutions spaning from the end point to the cloud.

    Cons

    Still going through the restructuring of the acquisition. Clash of business cultures between Symantec and Blue Coat.

    Advice to Management

    Must accelerate communication and true integration. Symantec leaders must gain sensitivity arround challenges for those aquired. Must rebuild the sales organization structure quickly. At risk of looking very good talent.


  8. "Principal Software Quality Assurance Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Mary, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Mary, FL
    Recommends

    I worked at Symantec full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, many learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Layoffs are prevalent, about every 6 months. No chance for advancement. Be prepared to work 80 and above hours a week.


  9. "Associate Authentication Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Associate Authentication Analyst in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Authentication Analyst in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    - High possibility for growth potential and career advancement
    - Great team of coworkers

    Cons

    - Management doesn't truly consider the load of work the analysts face, the expectations for performance are often unrealistic


  10. "Great company with a few issues"

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    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic co-workers who are smart and motivated
    Great work/life balance
    Good pay and benefits

    Cons

    CONSTANT leadership turnover leading to constant priority and budget shifts
    Men still favored for promotions and higher-level positions

    Advice to Management

    Find a strategy and stay the course. Spend more effort to retain good employees instead of attracting new talent and then having layoffs or restructuring every year.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Former Blue Coat employee"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Draper, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Draper, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits including unlimited vacation for salaried employees, ESPP, paid maternity/paternity leave.
    With Greg Clark as the new CEO, the company is headed in a very positive direction.

    Cons

    I can't think of any. I was part of the Blue Coat acquisition so I am still pretty new at Symantec.



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