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Symantec Reviews

Updated September 13, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Worst company i've ever worked for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Symantec full-time

    Pros

    Can't think of anything positive about working here.

    Cons

    This company is so stuck in the past and the farthest thing from innovative. But, the worst part is the people. I can't speak for every department, but I was severely mistreated by my manager and team. The people are just plain awful and mean. Getting yelled at and disrespected was an almost every day occurrence. A work life balance was also something no one respected. Emails and phone calls at all hours of the night and day (even on holidays). Received little to no direction from my manager or leader. Just an all around bad experience. If you're thinking of working here, I would run and never look back.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff like real human beings.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Struggling to get stable"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mission, Technology and installed customer base

    Cons

    Lots of senior leadership changes. Currently lead by a poor communicator who is new to running public companies

    Advice to Management

    Improve leadership communication. Focus on culture

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Won't recommend"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The only good thing is that they are leaders in Security

    Cons

    No vision, continuous layoffs, no work ethics, legacy technologies


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Culture of Fear"

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    Current Employee - Renewal Sales Representative in Springfield, OR
    Current Employee - Renewal Sales Representative in Springfield, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Higher pay than others in area.

    Cons

    Let go while others, not as successful, stayed. Believe it is age bias. Culture of fear of additional RIFs.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees! Treat them like people, not numbers.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "I had worked at Symantec, for just three months..."

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay package, of course not as good as in top-ranking companies.

    Cons

    It's not the right place for professionals. They don't even understand what professionalism is and won't appreciate the hard work you put in.

    Advice to Management

    Give place for professionalism


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Not like the old Symantec"

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    Former Employee - ACCOUNT GENERAL MANAGER/CYBER SECURITY SPECIALIST in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - ACCOUNT GENERAL MANAGER/CYBER SECURITY SPECIALIST in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Symantec (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Healthcare, good benefits, stock has certainly increased.

    Cons

    No idea on quota structure. Poor leadership, mass confusion with the merger of Bluecoat.

    Advice to Management

    Bring your products up to date.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Not contractor friendly; run away FAST"

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    Former Contractor - Web Producer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Contractor - Web Producer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great cafeteria, free food, nice campus. Some of the employees are nice but it is very cliquish and a lot if backstabbing if you aren't buddy buddy with the manager.

    Cons

    Horrible and hostile work environment for contractors. Manager in retention and product side web producer area in mt view ca is weak, has a horrible rep with contracting agencies as a bad manager... they know him by name... he allows bullying on the team; had someone train me who had the most horrible temperament. Teams were also allowed to talk global politics in meetings and waste time.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a manager who doesn't allow bullying and do not let bullies with rage problems train new contractors. Contractor treatment Is very off putting and unprofessional.

  8. Helpful (11)

    "Not Awesome - Honestly, there is no "Pro" I would use to describe Symantec as an employer."

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

    I worked at Symantec (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits were okay I guess.
    Compensation was on the lower end of acceptable.
    The usual cliche - "The people" was what kept me (and others) around for so long. A small subset of the people were great.

    There was once potential to get things done, make a difference and be rewarded. Sadly, all of that disappeared when the more capable leaders left or were RIF'd.

    Thankfully, almost all of the "good" people have moved on to bigger and better things elsewhere.

    Cons

    If you are located outside Mountain View, and you are not in a sales role, you will not progress your career.
    If you are not friends with a VP, you will not progress your career.
    If you want to progress your career, this is not the place for you.
    If you have ethics or morals, you will probably not fit in.
    They were not keen on remote-working.
    If you expect any experienced managers to do anything to help you or make your working life better, you will be disappointed.
    When the new wave of Not Awesome managers forgot I worked there (I'm only semi-kidding), I spent a few months doing almost nothing.

    The CMO organization was decimated and then filled by a Not Awesome CMO.
    Senior hires were all "jobs for the boys", and many were completely unqualified and inexperienced.

    HR were a completely useless entity. I made a number of complaints about inappropriate behavior and treatment, which were dismissed as a waste of time without any formal investigations.

    Advice to Management

    In general, and this probably doesn't apply to the folks that joined from BlueCoat:

    You are not as good nor likeable as your ego thinks you are.
    Most of your employees have no respect for you or your decision making ability.

    The Bluecoat leadership team seem to have a much better handle on how to do things so carry on chucking out the dead wood.

    If you are reading this as a Symantec employee, you likely already know that the grass is much greener on the other side.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Awful"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Symantec full-time

    Pros

    Location is good. There are some smart people.

    Cons

    Toxic environment. Malicious attacks between teammates.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Big Disappointment"

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

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

    Pros

    Symantec takes care of you with a nice phone, laptop, and lots of food. Benefits are very good, and work is somewhat stimulating since it's such a large company.

    Cons

    Reading these reviews I'm having trouble believing they're real. This is a very political climate, with a chain of command that make it almost impossible to make a significant contribution. Even if you do get the VP to sign your deal or project cross-functional teams can still stymie everything just because they don't feel like helping. Therefore, advancement is not based on merit and is not common. People jump ship frequently and layoffs are common. Upper management don't realize this because they don't care enough to ask.
    Overall marketing, sales, legal, and platform teams are lost when it comes to digital marketing trends. Mavericks, early adapters, big thinkers, and tech-savvy industry disrupters are squashed. Vanilla, wall-flowers with limited skills but who follow direction well do very well.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and advance folks with knowledge of cutting edge practices and who can affect change just once in a while. Perhaps talk to mid-management once in a while. This survey asked to rate CEO, but believe me he's not accessible. Therefore, any rating for him is fake.


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