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Symantec Reviews

Updated March 24, 2017
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  • 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. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Great Team"

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    • 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. "If you work for Symantec, Symantec will work for you.."

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Associate in Lake Mary, FL
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Associate in Lake Mary, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Symantec is a company that offers it's employees a chance to advance and grow professionally and personally. The company truly supports growth and education among it's employees, both from a technical standpoint and a life skills standpoint. Our office has a weight room (free) and a personal trainer, for a small fee. There is a company subsidized cafe in the building. Employees are encouraged to take an active part in community service.

    Cons

    It's the fourth largest software company in the world. A ship that big takes a long time to turn. Certain pieces of the company are forced to operate in a less than ideal manner because it fits with the policy that works for other parts.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management is in general very supportive. Employees are expected to do their jobs and live up to their potential. Slackers do not last long but if you work for Symantec, Symantec will work for you.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "SYMC--still good, but perhaps weaker than before"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Sales in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Symantec is still a clear leader in their field. Well respected and rightfully so. Their underlying technology and the long term research work they do is the best in the business. They respect their employees and do a great job at rewarding hard work.

    Cons

    Symantec has fallen on hard times. Thompson's leadership is truely visionary, but he will be leaving soon and the new person being groomed for the role doesn't bring the same level of passion and charisma to the team. Layoffs have happened regularly lately, and that has been a huge de-motivator for staff. When layoffs hit particularly cherished and respected employees, the remaining employees have a "wow that could happen to me" feeling--so many good employees have left or are looking for their next opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Symantec needs to get their staffing levels sorted out and stop doing layoffs. They are very disruptive to the employee base, and that in turn causes big problems for projects and customer relationships.


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  5. "We protect more people from more online threats than anyone in the world"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ECommerce Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - ECommerce Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work that matters. It's what we do at Symantec. Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. In essence, we protect the free flow of information in a connected world. As the fourth largest independent software company in the world, Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries with 475 out of Fortune's global 500 companies using our solutions.

    People look to us to safeguard the integrity of their information, ensuring it is secure and available. Achieving this ambitious goal is only possible through the combined efforts of the innovators and visionaries that Symantec continuously attracts. Symantec draws the very best people with a variety of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives and provides them with a work environment where uniqueness is valued and empowered. The creative people we attract help define the spirit of innovation at Symantec.

    Cons

    Competitive atmosphere will either make or break you. Symantec has grown to twice in size in less than 3 years after the merge with Veritas so there is now a mixed culture of both old and new culture which is both good and bad. The stock is no longer as fast as it was a couple of years ago when there was a Virus Outbreak almost every month. There is also a misperception of secured PCs becuase of the new OS features of Microsoft which gives ordinary folks a false impression of being secured. IN short, we are not as "hot" as we were before.

    Advice to Management

    I know the consumer business is making all the right moves with our "new" strategy. Let's bring back the fun, bring back our power with the Norton brand, and kick butt again!!!


  6. Helpful (2)

    "It sometimes takes years to understand the wisdom and innovation of true visionaries."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Symantec is a great place to work for a lot of reasons. In my 13+ years at the company, I have been able shape my responsibilities around the areas that I am most interested in, but it was up to me to do the shaping. I have had several job changes within the company, all because I chose them, which makes it seems like the time has flown by. Another great thing about working at Symantec is the flexibility the company allows employees, especially employees who are top performers. I feel valued and trusted, and have been given flexibility to work from home, have flexible scheduling, and so on. Our leadership team is not afraid of making changes when things are not working. People who do not react well to change may see that as a negative, but I see it as an organic company that responds to the needs of its shareholders and customers. I am particularly happy about the appointment of Enrique Salem as Chief Operating Officer. He is a great asset to the executive team in this expanded role.

    Cons

    About the only downside I can reference is that some of our communications vehicles are not as high tech as they could be. It is sometimes difficult to communicate to such a diverse workforce spread across 40+ locations worldwide.

    Advice to Management

    Just continue to be open and honest with employees. We can take the hard messages along with the celebrations. We are all on the bus together.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Symantec knows how to take care of it's employees."

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    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Lindon, UT
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Lindon, UT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They realize that programmers are often over ambitious in their time schedule and compensate for it. They have a great atmosphere and are very helpful. If ever you get stuck there isn't a person who wouldn't drop what they are doing to help you get your problem resolved. Innovation is clearly something they are working for.

    Cons

    It's a large company so some of the way the process moves isn't as flexible as it could be it's almost a waterfall type of development and software engineer approach.

    Advice to Management

    So far things have been really smooth. It would be helpful if we were allowed time to find way's in which we can grow Symantec's product line, or a place in which people, who might know all the ins and outs of the software stack, can post ideas for people who might be more knowledgeable, and help mature promising ideas.


  8. "My Symantec: The world is a safer place because of my employer."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to be part of an innovative company. Part of one of the largest technology companies in the world. Symantec embraces a flat organizational chart that allows for easier access to senior officers. Symatec senior management has regular meetings to discuss the health of the company and how each employee is important to the overall success of the company.

    Open door policies.

    Cons

    There are really not many downsides of working at Symantec. I would think that since Symantec is doing well that other companies may want the opportunity to acquire Symantec in a multi-billion dollar deal that would leave some of the employees to deal with yet another merger. But, the downsides are only a sign of better times on the horizon.

    Advice to Management

    That we strive to provide more open doors in Latin America and the Carribean. With my roots in the latino culture, I have a genuine hunger for seeing Latin America excel in all aspects of life. I believe that Symantec can be part of satiating the hunger that I share with millions of Latino professionals.


  9. "Symantec Corporation"

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    Current Employee - IT Principal Business Analyst in Springfield, OR
    Current Employee - IT Principal Business Analyst in Springfield, OR
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People & Pay. Flexible with PTO

    Cons

    Very fast paced. If you do not like change then this is not the company for you. Also if you are in IT - not a very safe place to move... it appears this company may be outsourcing soon.

    Advice to Management

    No feedback


  10. "Good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Eugene, OR
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Eugene, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast growing company. Provides opportunity for career growth. Good training opportunities if you have the time. Benefits are very good and comparable to other Tech companies. There are good opportunities to recognize co-workers that was introducted recently. This is in addition to the quarterly team and individual recognization programmes. Bonus plan is good. There are good network for women and diversity programs. Also offers flexible timing and work from home options which is good.

    Cons

    People have to put in long hours as in any Tech Global company. Lot of time is spent in consolidating data due to M&A

    Advice to Management

    Sr Mgt should focus on the company assets ie. the people working for company.


  11. "A great career"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Springfield, OR
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Springfield, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Symantec trains and keeps employees up to date on the latest tehnologies. Their beneftit package is the best in the area. The cooperation between departments is an example that most other companies should take a good look at. Being a global company and since the recent merger with Veritas, new standards had to be estalished acodd both companies and the consistancy of delivery to legacy customers had to be maintained. I think management has done a great job n moving forward wih this difficult task and the cooperation of all departments was commendable. Processes still need work to smoth them out, even after a couple of years, but overall it is one of the best places to work in my career.

    Cons

    They base their pay on the surrounding city labor market and the difference in pay for the same position varies as much as 45% between locations. It's a great theory, but it doesn't cost 45% more to live in the portland area as it does in the Eugene area.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify the processes.



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