Symbian
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Symbian Executive Director Tim Holbrow

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81% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Project Manager (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

I worked at Symbian as a contractor for more than 3 years

ProsGreat people, great ideas, good energy.

ConsPoor people, clueless managers, lack of planning

Advice to Senior ManagementLeave..

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A great place to work (Symbian Ltd.)

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsSymbian was a great place to work, it had some of the smartest people I have ever met working there, and (before the takeover) the facilities and culture were excellent. We had tech talks once a month and great parties.

ConsThe companies structure (owned solely by manufacturers) meant it was always too beholden to a few big device makers, this had a massive impact on what we could create and how we created it, we had to do what was best for other companies, not ourselves and the product we were creating.

Advice to Senior ManagementToo late now, but we should have pushed the product in the direction that was best for consumers and the market rather than our shareholder companies. Symbian had touchscreen before anyone else, Symbian had a promising UI that we were forced to sell.
Also, we should have paid MUCH MUCH more attention to the negative feedback we were getting from third party developers, devices (computers included) have always been about the Apps, if its too hard to create Apps, your not going to capture developer mind share, which in turn means you are not going to capture as much market share. The fact we were on 90% of smartphones and no-one else was even close, turned out to be a bad thing. We had no competition to mark ourselves against, and when iOS came out and was so far ahead in some ways (the ways that mattered), but so far behind in other ways (the ways that didn't), the threat it posed wasn't fully appreciated until it was too late.

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

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From nothing to everywhere in four years!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Symbian

ProsI worked from the beginning of Symbian through to 2002. It was an awesome startup that really took over the tech press and dominated the mobile world...for a while

ConsAnd then those pesky handset manufacturers got in the way. Shame that so much promise was squandered in the early 2000s.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't mix customers with shareholders

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Once in a lifetime opportunity

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsSymbian was one of these rare situations where a team of brilliant people come together and make the most of a tremendous market opportunity. It was an incredibly well-led company that ran like a machine and produced some of the wides ever used software on the planet.

ConsTragically, Symbian's phone vendor shareholders did not realise the potential of the people in Symbian. While the software was getting outdated and contained a lot of legacy that could not be removed, they should have used the technical talent, management capability and development process experience available in Symbian to develop a new phone OS platform that could compete on a level playing field with Google Android.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Nice to work with Symbian and u love it

Senior Engineer (Former Employee)
Bangalore (India)

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

ProsSo much Employee friendly and good pay

Consno future for product and any way Nokia closed this product development

Advice to Senior Managementwrong step

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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coolest ever on the planet earth

Packer (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

Prosgood thing that matters most

Consreal good in benefits and bonus annually

Advice to Senior Managementvery well

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

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Being sacked 2 days after my Mother dropped dead.

Project Manager (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

I worked at Symbian as a contractor for less than a year

ProsThere were some decent people working there.

ConsJohn Schroder, the project office manager.

Advice to Senior ManagementDo not be sexist or racist.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A sinking ship....

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Symbian

ProsA very diverse environment with a number of lovely, bright people. The industry is certainly very interesting and the opportunity to work with some truly brilliant industry developers was great.

ConsPossibly the most dysfunctional work environment I have ever been in. There were intense amounts of gossip and insecurity and generally speaking there was less focus on quality product than there was on personal issues and ego.

Advice to Senior ManagementBusiness decisions made to placate emotionally unstable middle managers or feed someones ego despite the full awareness that is is a bad business decision compared to other options available is foolhardy beyond the telling of it.

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

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Its great working where your work is recognised and get to interact with many tech people.

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Bangalore (India)

I worked at Symbian

ProsGet the tech update from different people and be at the tech geek in mobile tech.

ConsSymbian took over by Nokia...

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the OS still for many phones to come.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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An exciting place to work at

Engineering Manager (Former Employee)

I worked at Symbian

ProsGreat team feelings. Lots of competent people. Great leadership. Management willing to listen and take comments onboard.

ConsHard to get promoted above a certain range. Certain roles have a limited job grade level meaning you have to move to a new and different role to get promoted.

Advice to Senior ManagementThis is perhaps not really relevent now what Nokia has taken over Symbian: Ensure salaries are in line with the industry.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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