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Updated February 23, 2017
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  • 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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    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.


  3. "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.


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  5. "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


  6. "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.


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    "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.


  8. "Senior principal program manager"

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

    I worked at Symantec full-time

    Pros

    Excellent organization. takes good care of its employees and very professional environment

    Cons

    Went through a phase of uncertainity before it split and that impacted the organization as a whole

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work with Global teams.


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    "Symantec, a BlueCoat company"

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    Current Employee - Director, Development in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Director, Development in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unlimited Vacation (depending on your manager)
    Good benefits
    Onsite food is cheap and decent for breakfast and lunch (omelet is $3)
    Very profitable company with high margins, unfortunately lead to a complaisant culture and huge amounts of waste

    Cons

    BlueCoat executive team is now in charge of the company after the acquisition, and overnight projects that were investment areas became redundant with BlueCoat projects. It does make business sense to cut the redundancy but there was no effort to merge the groups, the Symantec projects just became starved overnight with the Symantec management chain being clueless about the plans, except for accidentally leaked memos, quickly denied.

    Culturally the company had not been able to reinvent itself which lead to 4 CEOs in just a few years, all of them Symantec long timers and unable to re-steer the ship, until external blood stepped in.

    Buzword champions: a lot of buzwords are being thrown about projects but the implementations are completely off the mark: Agile, microservices, DevOps, HA, stateless, REST (yes they even get that wrong), etc ...
    Meetings about meetings about meetings.
    When a project is late or under pressure, the solution is to add more daily meetings
    very aggressive cost reduction project in place with 1600 layoffs in the past 12 months
    strong push to replace high cost (US based) employees with hires in low cost (india) employees.
    Talented employees hired to do the wrong jobs: Java developers and QA engineers run operations with no prior experience, people with not prior cloud experience are 'cloud architects' with implementations based on marketing claims, and software security practices are on paper only.

    Advice to Management

    Revisit your agile processes, if you end up spending 20% of your engineering time on the process, it is broken
    Be more upfront with the groups you are shutting down, if you leak the info don't back out and pretend the memos are inaccurate, this kills your credibility for those that are staying.
    If you look at the stock, I think the reorganisations are a very good thing for the company in the long term, but it will suck for most Symantec employees until the dust settles. If you are going to shut down a project and do not want to tell the employees, at least don't make them work 60-80 hours per week while they try to salvage it, let them have a good time at work while they support the ongoing customers.


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    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Symantec (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive Compensation and benefits. Being in Sales Ops or Marketing can be a good spot. Some employees in the Norton team have been there for a long time, a testament to their commitment.

    Cons

    Products fell in the innovation cycle. Trying to focus on cost efficiencies and innovation in a mature market is challenging leading to leadership turnover and middle management spinning their wheels

    Advice to Management

    Focus on innovation and products


  11. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Symantec (More than a year)

    Pros

    Clear vision from management with lots of transparency. Great people to work with for the most part.

    Cons

    While people were nice, overall culture was a little lackluster.



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