Symantec Reviews

Updated 30 August 2014
Updated 30 August 2014
1,765 Reviews

3.3
1,765 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance makes this company stand high in all IT product companies (in 192 reviews)

  • Great work environment - Facilities to employees at good (in 106 reviews)


Cons
  • Terrible work life balance, although they will say they value this (in 35 reviews)

  • Need internal sales talk to senior management to keep or find new position at RIF (in 64 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great, lovely people. Flexible work environment, open to working from home and flexible hours.

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    Former Employee - Administration Specialist  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Administration Specialist in Sydney

    I worked at Symantec as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, open to working from home and flexible hours.

    Cons

    Work culture a bit disconnected, limited face-to-face interaction depending on the team you are in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase face-to-face engagement between employee's.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Symantec full-time

    Pros

    Large corporate culture and values usually provided by large multinationals

    Cons

    A company without a clear vision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can make a great company if the focus is changed to customers and employees first.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    No motivation for employees to work harder

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney

    I worked at Symantec full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Huge company, hence lot of smart people to work with

    Cons

    Huge company, hence they treat employee badly. Especially, Engineers are considered as an expense.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Unstable workplace due to exec board trying to resuscitate the company.

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Sydney

    I worked at Symantec full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Depends greatly on your immediate manager, if you get a good one, great, pros like on par salary and fairly stable workload.

    Executive board trying to bring company back to its former glory means its exciting times.

    Cons

    At the same time with changes in ceo, multiple restructures and culls, the company is an unstable workplace. Today you may be fine, but if your team cones under the spotlight, tough luck.

    The company is also hell bent on bringing jobs back to US at the moment. So it has reduced heads in almost every overseas site except MV, Culver City, Dublin, Singapore, Chendu. If you are there, fantastic. If you are not - watch out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructuring is great, but culling entire teams means you lose stars in those teams too.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer  in  Sydney
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Sydney

    I have been working at Symantec full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Friendly team. Always innovating meeting trying to meet customer's expectation.

    Cons

    Revolving door for senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train , retain redeploy rather retrenching

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    No direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Melbourne
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne

    I have been working at Symantec full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits - health insurance, ESPP etc

    Cons

    Too US centric, management never cares about employees. No communication between departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate the talent and resources or the good ones will all be gone to your competitors. Don't be a follower, be a leader.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    I worked for Symantec for 4 years during SYMC 3.0

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    Current Employee - Mid Market Account Manager  in  Sydney
    Current Employee - Mid Market Account Manager in Sydney

    I have been working at Symantec full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It was really innovative when I joined and had a great company Culture. This was before their market share was declining and before cloud had any momentum. I really enjoyed working there.

    they've had a company restructure since I was there. It could be different now.

    Cons

    Political. There was still a bit of the Veritas versus Symantec thing going and management tended to form alliances. Not a good place to be on the outer. I couldn't believe how many people got pushed or were made redundant during my tenure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the power grabbing your loosing market share! Focus on your customers and developing new products for an evolving IT landscape.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Pretty good org

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Symantec full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits including medical and RSU

    Cons

    Very Mountain View centric org

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    4.0 change

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager

    I have been working at Symantec full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good for company health in long run

    Cons

    subject to appropriate execution & outcomes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more controls needed to ensure proper execution or otherwise it end up being the same story seen in the past changes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Undergoing transformational change, but headed in the right direction.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager  in  Sydney
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Sydney

    I have been working at Symantec full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Market leader, good benefits, achievable targets, great incentives and travel, good culture in various business units.

    Cons

    Quite political, process driven (too much process and red tape), currently undergoing an organisational change that is taking some time, but if we get it right, Symantec will emerge in the top of its class and will become a great place to work. Hard yards to put in to get there but it may all be worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course. Deliver on promises. Invest to innovate and deliver on the key trends in IT.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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