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Updated November 10, 2018
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  1. Featured Review

    "Great people and management, excellent products,"

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    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. "good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good place to work for

    Cons

    Internal politics can be minimized

  3. "Great co-workers, not so good management, terrible HR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Symantec full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers were very supportive, good location

    Cons

    Very slow processes, too many engineers in one project, bad off-shore HR


  4. Helpful (1)

    "It's an acquisition company."

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    Former Employee - Senior Support Analyst in Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Support Analyst in Eugene, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a large company that offers many opportunities to move around. Certain teams will have good flexibility allowing potentially for good work/life balance. Relatively low standard for performance allow employees to skate by without doing much work. Its hard to get fired.

    Cons

    Company hyper-focus on next quarters profit numbers to the detriment of customers, employees and products. Acquisition company, very little development or innovation and product quality seems an ancillary concern. There are frequent, almost quarterly, layoffs which generates problems at every level of the organization. No consistency of corporate message. Treatment of employees varies widely by location, for example Mountain View has a great health insurance plan and benefits, but elsewhere the benefits package leaves a lot to be desired.

    Advice to Management

    Symantec should figure out how to maintain some consistency. For example, a few years ago Symantec had a firewall product which was discontinued because, to quote the executive who made the announcement, "Symantec is getting out of the firewall business". Then a few years later they bought BlueCoat. You can never tell what Symantec is going to be doing the next month.


  5. "Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    ESPP program, solid benefits, on-site gym

    Cons

    Poor leadership, layoff after layoff, org is too large and takes too long to get things done

    Advice to Management

    Leadership needs to get their act together and streamline their businesses, hire leaders who aren't full of themselves


  6. "Solid company culture, figuring out their product range"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Symantec full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with... lots of room for growth and advancement

    Cons

    Tumultuous times in my 6 years there... 3 CEOs and 2 total corporate-wide re-orgs


  7. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good Place Cyber Security Enthusiasts.

    Cons

    After Bluecoat Acquisition Everything changed and most people left.

    Advice to Management

    Stop Doing Micro Management and treat the Talent well. Some Bad Managers are making things worse.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Symantec full-time

    Pros

    1. Beautiful offices
    2. Exciting work

    Cons

    Management keeps changing often leaving employees confused.


  9. "Alert Analysts"

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    Current Employee - Alert Analyst in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Alert Analyst in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a global company with plenty of growth potential.

    Cons

    As far as technology companies go it is ancient and it hangs on to bad old ways of doing business.

    Advice to Management

    Change the dress code to match other current technologie companies.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Great people but executives lacking"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Mountain View, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and colleagues
    Super flexible remote working and work from home

    Cons

    Always lay offs.
    Executives all from Blue Coat who originally all worked at McAfee. Not a lot of diversity in leadership since they hire mostly from their previous companies in director roles. Great deal of nepotism. Opposite of open culture in Silicon Valley. We do employee surveys and the results are kept secret. CMO is Remote so he is never seen and when he is in the office he doesn’t talk to anyone who doesn’t directly report to him.

    Advice to Management

    Hire executives outside of Blue Coat. Have executives at headquarters that want to lead employees.


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