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Updated February 23, 2018
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  1. Featured Review

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    "Great Employer"

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Springfield, OR
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Springfield, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best place I've worked, if you can live with unpredictable nature of the tech industry. Great benefits, great working environment, excellent diversity, volunteerism and matching funds. I learned a great deal and loved every moment.

    Cons

    Volatile nature of tech industry as a whole means shifting resource needs.


  2. "Review"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    A great place to work

    Cons

    Can not think of anything

  3. "Associated Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Symantec full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work and learn

    Cons

    Less scope to work on different things


  4. "Overall great experience"

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Symantec (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of great opportunities at Symantec to work on fun and demanding project

    Cons

    When the revenue missies, the the ax starts swinging.


  5. "Senior Tecnical Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Account Manager in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Account Manager in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good culture, decent mid management.

    Cons

    Top level management volatile. Company tends to switch directions often.


  6. "It all depends on the department"

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    Former Employee - Identity Protection Agent/Alert Analyst in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Identity Protection Agent/Alert Analyst in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked at Lifelock before it was acquired by Symantec and a little after. Starting out I worked at member services which was great! Even though it's a basic customer service job management was awesome and very helpful for the most part. They have your best interest in mind and want to see you grow throughout the company. Even though it could be a competitive environment with the bonus system, coworkers are very supportive and encouraging. Base pay was pretty good and bonus was awesome. If you're doing your job correctly, management leaves you alone while also having you take on other responsibilities to get off the phones if you would like. I helped do side by sides and trained employees in my department as well as doing side by side with visitors. It is also very easy to implement your ideas with upper management. Very fun job with great company culture and benefits (although I don't think benefits were as good once Symantec took over).

    Cons

    Once I moved departments to the Alerts team, culture was horrible. Employees were being treated unfairly by management and others in the department. The director assisted to this by letting all of us know in a meeting that if there was a rumor about us that was true, he'd let the department know which added onto more gossip. Very unprofessional. This department was also based off bonusing similar to member services but instead of being encouraging and happy for you, coworkers would get jealous and dislike you. The department is very disconnected and separated compared to others. Very cliquey and too much drama. Management was also terrible, constantly looking for the worst in people and looking for things you were doing wrong. They are micromanage royalty. Unpleasant environment to be around while you're trying to do your job. Don't get me wrong, the company is great. But I would avoid the Alerts department at all costs.

    One more thing is we used to be able to take our breaks and lunches throughout the day. Later on, they implemented a system that scheduled when you could take your break and take lunch. I understand some people were taking advantage of the system and that's why this was put in place, but don't punish everybody for those people's mistakes. Especially people who are doing well at their job and are top agents on the floor.

    Advice to Management

    - Stress consistent company culture throughout the company.
    - Take HR requests seriously.


  7. "Former Employee"

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    Former Employee - Renewal Sales Representative in Lake Mary, FL
    Former Employee - Renewal Sales Representative in Lake Mary, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation and perks. Work life balance.

    Cons

    Lots of change. No we are not splitting the company in half followed by an email the next week we are splitting the Legacy Veritas products to a different company.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a path and stick to it.

  8. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    work life balance, not too much work pressure

    Cons

    more maintainance work, less new development


  9. "Us vs Them"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture and facilities (in Mountain View, Culver, Tempe). Relaxed atmosphere. A lot of intelligent folks to work with and offer support. Flexibility to work at home as needed (depending on your management of course). Decent benefits.

    Cons

    The seasons change faster than some of the processes here. Painstakingly SLOW. If your company is acquired there's a good chance your job may be in jeopardy (as mine was). Leadership cannot collaborate and figure out what the priorities are (or at least can't communicate it very well), therefore, teams are all fighting for the same resources for their "#1 company initiative."

    Advice to Management

    Set very clear priorities and communicate that down the chain all the way to the peon level. Not everything can be #1/


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Constant management changes cause chaos in company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Symantec makes good software (or buys companies that make good software).

    Cons

    Symantec management keeps changing goals. Very little interest or loyalty from the management to the employees. Employees are disposable or "fungible" and even good successful employees are regularly purged in yearly layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Watch the movie It's a Wonderful Life. Try to identify with someone other than Mr. Potter. If you are loyal to your employees they will be loyal to you.


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