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Symantec San Francisco Reviews

Updated March 29, 2017
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Pros
  • The culture at Symantec encourages a strong work/life balance (in 436 reviews)

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

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  1. "Awesome"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Symantec (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    do what you like and chill

    Cons

    leadership, org structures and product mgmt team

    Advice to Management

    cut the remote teams, they are wasting time


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Congenial, but poorly led company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A generally congenial place to work.

    Cons

    Poorly-managed un-enlightened "old school" management from top to bottom whose ineffectiveness and political antics are almost worthy of Dilbert's pointy-haired manager.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a culture change consultancy and then follow their advice to replace yourselves with a management team that knows how to lead an organization to greatness. You can't change the people you have, you can only change which people you have...


  3. "Too slow and poltical. Nice people though"

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    Former Employee - Prod Marketing & Enablement in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Prod Marketing & Enablement in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people there, esp at the individual contributor level, who are collaborative and helpful. Also get to learn about a wide range of software products. And if you are in the right role, there is chance for international travel.

    Cons

    Too many products - need to focus on fewer products and invest more Eng and mktg in them. After Symantec buys a company, the products tend to languish. Too much politics in middle/upper mgmt. Everyone just nods their head with what the person above them wants to do. As a result the right/tough decisions are not made. All good talent from acquisitions leaves when they vest out (as I did)

    Advice to Management

    Focus on fewer, high-growth products. Eng is spread too thin. And l


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  5. "Product Owner/Release Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Owner/Release Coordinator in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Product Owner/Release Coordinator in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice place for people who are looking for work/balance environment

    Cons

    Benefits are great but salary not so much

    Advice to Management

    It takes forever to deliver new idea or adopt to new technology. Too much control and 'road blocks'


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Every single day I would receive a goodbye email from an FTE"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I worked in the SF office and it was a great location. Plus the people I worked with were great, with the exception of my direct supervisor, but she's no longer there anymore and so that would have made it much better for me personally.

    I loved the benefits, my offer was great, I thought the hiring process was very smart (feedback was instant vs. long drawn out processes at other previous employers) and the employees really really seemed to care about doing the right (right) thing for the customer - this was awesome to be a part of
    HR was great, they were there when I needed assistance after having my baby
    It may have been my group but compared to my earlier company the workforce seemed to be a little more on teh SR side, which was awesome because they were more mature, less immature competitive office politics and more focus on actual work.

    Cons

    My direct manager was incredibly un-supportive and my skip level supported her (which I understood was his job) but in my defense she really wrote some nasty emails about him, the company, the job, the people, and set me up badly. The worst part was I felt like reading through the lines he could see what was happening but just didn't have the guts to say 'hey I know she's wrong i'm going to take care of it' - or maybe he couldn't, I don't know... but she did a 360 on me and all my feedback (her words) was positive, the only thing she could come uip with for me to work on was to take less notes and 'maybe take notes on paper'.... UhhhhhM as a Sr. Project Manager i'm not going to do this and waste time copying them back onto my PC for my meeting note emails, sorry bad feedback :-|.

    Advice to Management

    If you hire an employee who was honest enough to tell you in the interview process she's pregnant please give her the standard time off that you give all employees (i.e. 4 - 5 months which is what was given to a colleague who went on maternity leave a month after I joined the company.


  7. "Much better than one would think"

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    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - work life balance
    - interesting things to work on
    - amazing campus locations
    - travel policy
    - smart people

    Cons

    - def not a start-up
    - connection between good ideas and productization is very weak, mainly due to inexperience of smart people making real products and product managers identifying smart people

    Advice to Management

    -


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Company Pros & Cons"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lafayette, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lafayette, CA

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

    Pros

    With the sale of the Veritas business, Symantec regained focus on security and seems committed to addressing consumer and enterprise cybersecurity threats.

    Cons

    There simply has been too much turnover with the leadership team and a failure to perform.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Limited work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly, thoughtful and dedicated employees for the most part. Good brand and technology in security space. Nice offices and frequent informal parties.

    Cons

    Frequent leadership changes. Old school processes and systems. Work in-office requirements make work/life balance very limited. Low salaries and bonuses comparatively.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in new system and latest industry practices. Trust people to manage work/life balance. Make an effort to retain and grow good employees.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Software engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed work place, good work life balance. Easy to commute. Bart and caltrain accessible.

    Cons

    Management keeps changing so do the roadmap. Boring work, politics and poor salary and benefits. No clear roadmap of wht to do and multiple re orgs makes it an issue to work here


  11. Helpful (6)

    "SYMC"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loma Mar, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loma Mar, CA

    I worked at Symantec (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you like challenges you will like this company because they are always changing direction

    Cons

    CEOs and other execs are coming and going so quickly that it is difficult to determine who is steering the ship, if anyone



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