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Updated February 15, 2017
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Symantec CEO Greg Clark
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Pros
  • The culture at Symantec encourages a strong work/life balance (in 429 reviews)

  • Work life balance good but depends upon manager (in 70 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Great Team"

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    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. "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. "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


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    "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. "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.


  7. "STAR intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Cupertino, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Symantec as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Lots of mini-celebrations when work is featured by media
    - Fairly relaxing atmosphere
    - Different kinds of work you can do - machine learning, reverse engineering, etc

    Cons

    - Sometimes too corporate
    - Salary on the low end


  8. "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


  9. "Senior Product Manager"

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    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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Leading company in a very attractive space. The company has made many good moves recently and there is lots of optimism with the stock price doing well. After the split of Veritas there is more focus. There is good work life balance

    Cons

    Some of the businesses are legacy and life there may be different. There is a lot of pressure to keep the cash cows churning but with little support or broader recognition, which may be depressing for people in those groups.

    Advice to Management

    Need more top down guidance to offer opportunities for women. Based on some of the reports that I have heard, there is more that can be done to ensure pay equality for women


  10. "Annonymous"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, flexible fwh, talented team

    Cons

    Slow career growth, legal migration team is not good.


  11. "Stabilizing"

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

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

    Pros

    Large company with lots of opportunities.

    Cons

    Went through a series of reductions in force. Will need to integrate BlueCoat and Lifelock

    Advice to Management

    Take a break from M&A and build out what you have today.



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