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Updated July 20, 2017
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  1. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can work on cutting edge technology.

    Cons

    No proper road map for the products.


  2. Helpful (10)

    "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.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Not much to grow"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    very slow and relaxed ...

    Cons

    you never grow in your career


  4. "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.


  5. Helpful (10)

    "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.


  6. "Renewal Rep"

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    Former Employee - Renewal Representative in Springfield, OR
    Former Employee - Renewal Representative in Springfield, OR

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

    Pros

    Very flexible hours and good work/life balance.

    Cons

    There were constant rounds of layoffs and not a lot of stability.


  7. "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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  9. "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


  10. "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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