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Symantec Reviews

Updated April 25, 2017
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Pros
  • The culture at Symantec encourages a strong work/life balance (in 436 reviews)

  • Work life balance good but depends upon manager (in 71 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Great Team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. "The pros outweigh the cons--really!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Information Developer in Springfield, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Information Developer in Springfield, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, progressive benefits (including support for same-sex spouses), progressive social stance (all-gender bathrooms, Human Rights Campaign award winners) and on environmental causes. Stock options offered, sometimes even stock (I was given stock twice as the result of a performance review). Bonuses at review time if the company meets financial goals. Supportive system for anonymously reporting issues to HR and legal, with promises of no retribution.

    Cons

    Product and content development teams are understaffed and underfunded. Workers who quit or are fired, their positions are often not backfilled. Repeated requests for the budget to backfill seem to fall on deaf ears. Too many "RIF"s (reduction in force) in recent times, and seniority doesn't save you--both of which are detrimental to morale. I don't get to do as much professional development (or research into industry innovation and trends) as I'd like because I'm too busy keeping up with incoming requests and the maintenance of existing work--because my team is doing the work we were doing when we were double the size. Sales teams get the attention and the money because they make the money, though they'd be nothing without a product to sell. And not enough women or people of color in c-level management!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great social progressivism--this stance makes me proud to work for you. But invest in teams and workers. Stop reducing workforce to slim the budget, and then expect the same level and quality of output from those left to do the work. Get more women in your upper management


  3. Helpful (1)

    "I Like It For Now"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scrum Master in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Scrum Master in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits.
    Great Atmosphere.
    The other employees are helpful.

    Cons

    Constantly shifting upper management.
    Fearful of being laid off any day.
    Not very innovative.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Lindon, UT
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Lindon, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good products, company has been around long time.

    Cons

    employees don't stay for to long.

    Advice to Management

    listen to employees


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Congenial, but poorly led company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A generally congenial place to work.

    Cons

    Poorly-managed un-enlightened "old school" management from top to bottom whose ineffectiveness and political antics are almost worthy of Dilbert's pointy-haired manager.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a culture change consultancy and then follow their advice to replace yourselves with a management team that knows how to lead an organization to greatness. You can't change the people you have, you can only change which people you have...


  7. "Good company overall"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people, interesting work, room for new ideas

    Cons

    Too much uncertainty, management does not communicate well.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open with the employees.


  8. "Technical Support Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great place to work- training and benefits.

    Cons

    Many changes in management and company restructuring.


  9. "Too slow and poltical. Nice people though"

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    Former Employee - Prod Marketing & Enablement in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Prod Marketing & Enablement in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people there, esp at the individual contributor level, who are collaborative and helpful. Also get to learn about a wide range of software products. And if you are in the right role, there is chance for international travel.

    Cons

    Too many products - need to focus on fewer products and invest more Eng and mktg in them. After Symantec buys a company, the products tend to languish. Too much politics in middle/upper mgmt. Everyone just nods their head with what the person above them wants to do. As a result the right/tough decisions are not made. All good talent from acquisitions leaves when they vest out (as I did)

    Advice to Management

    Focus on fewer, high-growth products. Eng is spread too thin. And l


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Was a Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - NOC Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - NOC Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Benefits are Amazing
    - Good Pay
    - Good Vacation/Sick Time policies

    Cons

    - Lack of communication between management leads to poor execution at team levels.
    - When personnel leave, no replacements and who's left shoulders the weight of the people who have left.
    - No real chance for movement within the company on the US Side, as within my work area, it's become evident that our positions are being outsourced to eventually eliminate a US Team.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate between managers, get on the same page, pass down the corroborated decision/direction.


  11. "Renewal account manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for. Good benefits and nice people.

    Cons

    Lot of changes in management.


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