Symantec
3.2 of 5 1,432 reviews
www.symantec.com Mountain View, CA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 17, 2014
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46% Approve of the CEO

Symantec Interim CEO Michael Brown

Michael Brown

(13 ratings)

61% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Work life balance makes this company stand high in all IT product companies"
    in 167 reviews
  • "Good colleague relationships, location work environment"
    in 99 reviews
Cons:
  • "Terrible work life balance, although they will say they value this"
    in 33 reviews
  • "Need internal sales talk to senior management to keep or find new position at RIF"
    in 58 reviews
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Great place to work

Technical Support Engineer (Current Employee)
Sydney

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

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

ConsRevolving door for senior management

Advice to Senior ManagementTrain , retain redeploy rather retrenching

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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No direction

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Melbourne

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

ProsGood benefits - health insurance, ESPP etc

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

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I worked for Symantec for 4 years during SYMC 3.0

Mid Market Account Manager (Current Employee)
Sydney

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

ProsIt 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.

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Pretty good org

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Symantec full-time

ProsGreat benefits including medical and RSU

ConsVery Mountain View centric org

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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4.0 change

Engineering Manager (Current Employee)

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

Prosgood for company health in long run

Conssubject to appropriate execution & outcomes

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A wonderful company, but bit of a "boys" club.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Sydney

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

ProsJob security, large product portfolio - easy to sell to the market, good employee packages including health care, gym subsidies and other perks. Great experience working for the #1 IT security leader in the market. Culture was OK.

Cons- Management are not leaders, they are bosses.
- Too much politics. Far too much red tape to get anything done.
- Far too results driven, I felt like a number on a spreadsheet sometimes.
- post sale support is broken to an extent.
- Boys club: if you are not doing good, you basically get little to not much attention to help repair what's broken. You are either good at your job, or crap.
- no real career plan ever developed. I had to constantly ask what was planned for me next, with bleak answers given.
- culture needs a lot of work to improve.

Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a better culture in the office, stop being bosses and be leaders. You absolutely need to work on employee retention, if you are wondering why top talent leave; the answer is never just because of their own ambitions. There are other reasons because of internal Symantec problems.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Undergoing transformational change, but headed in the right direction.

Sales Manager (Current Employee)
Sydney

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

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

ConsQuite 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 Senior ManagementStay the course. Deliver on promises. Invest to innovate and deliver on the key trends in IT.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Sales managers are bosses, not leaders. No respect for their customers.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Symantec full-time

Pros- good people on the coal face
- they pay on time
- new CEO

Cons- no leadership
- no respect for the customer - only care about hitting quarterly target
- managers play favourites
- spread thin across a bastardised product set

Advice to Senior Management- be a leader, not a boss
- spend less time driving a spreadsheet and more time helping enable your employees to be successful
- try actually giving a toss about your customers and employees, it may improve morale and reputation

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Getting there... after a long wait!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Symantec full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat vision for the future which is inspiring and something I would love to be a part of. A lot of changes are on their way which will be greatly welcomed by all

ConsCannot seem to integrate their acquisitions and thus creates pain in the market from a back end perspective.
Boys club! Need more balance in male/female

Advice to Senior ManagementIntegration needs to occur ASAP, but it's already in the process so looking forward to seeing the results.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Ethical company

Firefighter (Former Employee)
Melbourne

I worked at Symantec full-time for more than 5 years

ProsEveryone have their own task to do. Collaboration is not easy but not very challenging either.

ConsCompany become massive thru M&A. Very little room to move around.

Advice to Senior ManagementPromote your best people and cut the non-performer. Make Symantec lean again.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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