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Updated January 23, 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. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid this place like the plague"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Technical Account Manager in Springfield, OR
    Current Employee - Principal Technical Account Manager in Springfield, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best part of this job is working indoors, although the HVAC system seems to be controlled by either untrained chimps or someone who actively hates people.

    Cons

    Everyone is a number on a spreadsheet, with VP's unspoken opinion of "you'll take what we give you or move it to India." VPs are utterly out of touch with what happens "in the trenches" and don't care about anything other than the stock price.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the employees like former CEO Steve Bennett did. Stop thinking of us last, and treating us like "fungible assets".


  2. Helpful (3)

    "top heavy. Driven by incompetent PMOs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of free time.
    Attractive campus.
    New executive team. They've done nothing of value yet, but one can try and be optimistic that they will help over time.

    Cons

    Projects are PMO driven which wouldn't be so bad if the ones hired were not all incompetent, egotistical, and just plain unpleasant people.
    Company is hugely top heavy, and if you are an individual contributor even a top one you are spat upon on a regular basis.

    Advice to Management

    Fire everyone management (including product and project management) and start fresh. Atmosphere is poisonous and anti-work. Very silo driven, where everyone senior in R&D hates, for example, IT and GSO and mandates are ignored (with lies being told that we are listening to them).


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Huge Let Down"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Symantec has nice employees, and has lots of perks for employees - cafeteria, free phone and laptop, and company card for travel. Also, they are a huge operation which means lots of resources and budget for all departments.

    Cons

    Symantec has these lifer employees that are entrenched and not going anywhere. In order to get anything done you have to get past them because there are no leaders to help you. That means unless you love networking, constantly selling, and presentations you'll fail as an employee. Also, productivity is not measured by accomplishments, revenue, or innovation. Popularity and presentation skills are everything. This lack of leadership creates an environment with huge turnover - top talent leaves constantly and reductions in force (layoffs) are frequent. Overall, their marketing and sales are stuck in the last century - to them innovation is a four-letter word. Engineering is comprised of teams of puppies on a leash.

    Advice to Management

    Symantec needs real leaders. Learn the market, make decisions. Hire innovators rather than spreadsheet jockeys and folks who know nothing about digital marketing. Create an actual opportunities for advancement based on productivity.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Beware false advertisement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Symantec full-time

    Pros

    All the benefits that made this job worthwhile have been taken away in contradiction to the company policies.

    Cons

    Management is not up to the task of doing what needs to be done and they are dragging the company down with them. They are disconnected from the employees doing the work and are just going through the motions collecting paychecks. A bunch of liars who only care about themselves and allow dishonest employees to thrive. Managers show up a few hours late most days take a 2-3 hour lunch then leave way early. Unless you are up the managers butts they pick on you and force extra work on you because of the employees who abuse the system.

    Employees complain to managers about others to get focus off themselves for doing worse. Employees show up late every day and leave early take 2+ hour lunches and multiple hour long breaks. They set status to reflect work to disguise away from desk times. They also cheat by closing cases before they are fixed to make numbers look good. The good employees have to pick up the slack by getting the reopened and abandoned difficult cases. Either management does not know or does not care about this behavior. It is like working with a bunch of kids, it is ridiculous.

    If you want to work at a place where things are do as I say but not as I do then this is the place.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Going nowhere"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Comparable salary and benefits. All benefits access is 3rd party. Some new technology. Commuting expense assistance.

    Cons

    In the dark ages. Unable to move their cash-cow products into the 21st century. Poor management. No direction. Too many restarts. Incompetency overwhelms. Incomplete new technology deployments impacts end users making daily work tasks virtually impossible.

    Advice to Management

    Dump incompetent and useless management in Cambridge. Hold technology teams responsible for correctly deploying new services. Try listening to users requirements before implementing some new service and forcing people to change their processes.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Hostile Working Environment for Software Engineers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Has office in a nice location in LA.
    Above average dental and medical plans.

    Cons

    One scrum master in the team has little engineering knowledge but has bad tantrum.
    One product owner is obsessed playing politics.
    Very little career opportunities because company is cutting the bones.
    Layoff each year.
    Old and slow devices for development
    Managers create a lot of stress on engineers for no reason.
    Not much innovation.
    Managers are running out of ideas and they keep asking engineers to provide ideas or they lay you off. But how can engineers give you more when they are loaded with unreasonable scrum and planning meetings!
    Managers don't have any innovation ideas and even no coding skills but keep engineering engineers.

    Advice to Management

    None. Two friends left for better employment and I got hired by a company that offered free lunch, free dinner, unlimited PTOs, a quarter million equities.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Worst 401k and MTO ever"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Symantec full-time

    Pros

    Nothing seems to be pros

    Cons

    1. max 401K is 3000 or 5% of salary which one is lower, that's not the worst, worst part is you need 4 years to get this pathetic match. 4 years ....
    2. Symantec acquired Bluecoat system, but they wouldn't pay out any PTO until 6.30.2018!!! If you leave after 3.31.2017, you need another year to get full pay out. Cheap!
    3. Ridiculous org structure, so many vps and managers has no one under them,

    Advice to Management

    Bring jobs back from abroad.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Tired"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Symantec full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people, used to be good technology

    Cons

    Layoffs, lack of strategy... they said the restructuring in 4.0 would only effect management - inaccurate, as individual contributors were continuously laid off until the Veritas divestiture

    Advice to Management

    Get a strategy, don't say something unless you mean it


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The troops on the ground doing the work are the best in the world.

    Cons

    VP's and above have no idea what's going on below them. Some VP's don't report up how bad moral is.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of your ivory towers and go visit your sites and listen to the people doing the work not the VP over them. You might get to hear some truth as to what's really going on and how your employees feel.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Work Atmosphere"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Principal SQA Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Contractor - Principal SQA Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Symantec as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They offered me a Job.I learnt different concepts in a short period of time.Every day there will be challenges in that company.You will get to be experienced with differnt kinds of people who will play politics and pull us down even though they dont have the skills and caliber they will distract us.

    Cons

    Worst Manager who does Micro Mangement and treat the employees and the consultant differently.They dont let the employess to work for more time they let the consultants to work for more time and does not even pay for our extra work.They pay very less for the consultants and demand more job...They wiill hire as a manual trester and demand us to do automation so that when they offfer they will offfer less not even the minimum salary and ask us to do more work once we are inside the company.Once we are done with the work without the contract ends they will throw us outside the company even though we are the deserved candidate...

    Advice to Management

    Dont do Micro Management



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