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Symantec Reviews

Updated March 21, 2017
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Pros
  • The culture at Symantec encourages a strong work/life balance (in 433 reviews)

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

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  1. "Good company to work for, one of the best in bay area."

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for, one of the best in bay area. Good work life balance. They pay well, and management is also good

    Cons

    None. I dint have many issues over my 8 years of work here.Good company to work for, one of the best in bay area. Good work life balance. They pay well, and management is also good


  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. Helpful (1)

    "Former Blue Coat employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  6. "Great company"

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    Former Contractor - Web Producer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Contractor - Web Producer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great management, hardworking friendly people. Beautiful building great cafeteria lots of event for employees to enjoy.

    Cons

    Contractors don't get the same benefits as full time employees

    Advice to Management

    Great management


  7. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Various Positions in Springfield, OR
    Former Employee - Various Positions in Springfield, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to constantly learn new skills. Innovation was one of the company's values when I first started and that contributed to the fast paced changing environment. This was perfect for me as I get bored easily.

    Cons

    It would not be a good place for someone who has trouble adapting to change.

    Advice to Management

    As in any organization, spend more time listening to lower level employees.


  8. "Great company with few short-comings"

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    Former Employee - Content Developer in Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Content Developer in Remote, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Symantec full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good working environment with great co-workers. Pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    There is a lack of cohesiveness that I attribute to managers being a bit too hands-off.
    Hopefully the new management team require tighter team engagement.


  9. "Principle System Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture. Very supportive management. It is also a great job if you love to travel, if you get into the right role.

    Cons

    A lay off can come with no warning or logical reason. It can make it difficult to feel comfortable in your role, no matter how much value you bring.

    Advice to Management

    I think the transparency has been much better since Greg too the leadership role. I would work there again if I see an opening.


  10. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company with bright outlook

    Cons

    constant change over the last three years

    Advice to Management

    focus


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits and competitive salary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    the culture of the company is very inclusive of all groups

    Cons

    I personally had no issues while working there. I was made an offer I couldnt refuse and left.



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