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A great career

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Former Employee - Associate Manager in Springfield, OR (US)
Former Employee - Associate Manager in Springfield, OR (US)

I worked at Symantec

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 ManagementAdvice

Simplify the processes.

Recommends
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hard to build a career here.

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I have been working at Symantec

    Pros

    Broad product portfolio in the data security and availability space.

    Cons

    Depending on the department, decisions made for political reasons. Depending on your business unit, continual layoffs due to disinvestment. Continual change in the organization and lack of transparency of other business groups makes it difficult to plan your career while in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need better information about career paths, and better ability to transfer to different parts of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Compelling vision. Incompetent management.

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    Current Employee - Legal Manager in Herndon, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Legal Manager in Herndon, VA (US)

    I have been working at Symantec

    Pros

    The company has industry-leading products and services. It seems finally to have laid out a compelling vision for security, storage, and infomation management. Ostensibly, the company should be able to ride out this recession, since security is not something on which customers should skimp. The company respects employees' work/life balance (though forced PTO at year's end is offensive). The benefits seem competitive, though are shrinking. There are real stars within management, but they seem to be too low on the totem pole to effect any real change.

    Cons

    Poor pay. Poor resources. Poor communication. Intractable bureacracy, especially with respect to Finance and HR. It seems that the company rather would let talent walk away than compensate them competitively. Management rejects requests for increased salary and resources based on the fact that Symantec is a "tweener" company and cannot pay like the big boys, even though they like to point out elsewhere that Symantec is the world's fourth largest independent software company and new member of the Fortune 500. This also rings rather hollow when the CEO is the third best compensated CEO in the software industry -- not in the security industry -- in the entire software industry. As of October 2006, Symantec's CEO compensation was behind only the CEOs of Yahoo! and Oracle, much larger companies. I don't begrudge anyone his pay, but don't use the size of the company as a salary marker when upper management is so disproportionately compensated according to the company's own alleged standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay employees competitively. Give them the resources to actually do their jobs. Give employees a reason not to look elsewhere to see if the grass is greener. Stop serving up the yellow kool-aid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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