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Symantec San Jose Reviews

Updated September 17, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Strategist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Strategist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing breadth of knowledge of colleagues - fantastic place to work and learn. Great new direction of company.

    Cons

    Quite a few changes - but to be expected in tech company.


  2. "Great Team with open culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Great Location with excellent benefits, nice teamwork, with Strong Leadership Manager, Flexible work schedule..with cut-edge tech-teams

    Cons

    Lots meetings and training need attend.

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    "If you like change, this may be the right place for you"

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

    I worked at Symantec (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Symantec isn't 'set in its way'. There are a lot of processes but it's constantly evolving. It's nowhere near as hierarchical or process-oriented as many others. I was with Symantec for 10+ years, through the merger with Veritas, through the split out with Veritas. Overall my time there was good.

    Cons

    Symantec changes so much and so often that as an employee you'll easily spend 30-40% of your time on change management. Time that would have been better spent on customers/ product development. Lack of continued focus is an issue.
    For a female employee expect less career dev opportunities than that of men, and lower salary. Very much in line with the industry as a whole.
    I was with Symantec for 10+ years, and in my 4th month of pregnancy, I was RIF'd. I'd just been promoted, had a fantastic pay increase a few months earlier. Then I let my manager know I'm pregnant and 30 days later I'm RIF'd. I was told it was a coincidence. All I'm saying is - if you plan to start a family, this may not be the best choice.


  4. "Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    The people in my team were great!

    Cons

    The company kept having change in management


  5. "Associate Manager Technical Support"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary, advancement, benefits, and co-workers.

    Cons

    Management, lack of identity as a company.


  6. "Many Parts Not Seamslessly Stapled Together"

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    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked with good people, benefits were good.

    Cons

    It feels like all the different divisions were pulling in their own direction without any general overall company philosophy or vision.

    Advice to Management

    Create a cohesive entity and stop buying companies until you can do that.


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    "Every Type of Security But Job Security"

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

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay. Generous stock plan for Director and above. Good medical benefit choices. Nice renovated campus.

    Cons

    Passive aggressive, back biting culture. Endless cycle of layoffs, hiring, more layoffs. Symantec specializes in virtually every type of job security under the sun EXCEPT job security. No one is safe at any level including the C-level.

    Advice to Management

    EVPs and SVPs need to stop allowing their direct reports to fight with each other. It does not lead to a better output. Reward your people for true performance achievements and not longevity and loyalty (sycophancy). Passing out promotions and titles does little to encourage morale, and often the real winners within Norton are the ones who are too busy minimizing churn and maximizing revenue to suck up to management.

  8. "Working at Symantec"

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

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Ability to work remotely.

    Cons

    Too many management changes, frequent layoffs.


  9. "InfoSec Intern"

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    Current Intern - Information Security Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Current Intern - Information Security Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Symantec as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    lots of people and they're nice

    Cons

    hard to get stuff you want because so big


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Okay Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Top leadership is good about communicating priorities and direction.
    Decent work life balance.
    Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Politics exist, yes, but I've seen worse.
    Constant down-sizing is painful.

    Advice to Management

    Top Management is quite talented, but not very charismatic. Please figure out a way to get employees excited to be at Symantec!


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