Symantec

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Symantec Reviews

Updated 17 December 2014
Updated 17 December 2014
1,773 Reviews
3.3
1,773 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance makes this company stand high in all IT product companies (in 224 reviews)

  • Great work environment - Facilities to employees at good (in 123 reviews)


Cons
  • Terrible work life balance, although they will say they value this (in 36 reviews)

  • Need internal sales talk to senior management to keep or find new position at RIF (in 67 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting, fast paced, family feel, transforming into something better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Location, People, Flexibility, Denplan, Free 24 hour gym

    Cons

    Standard of Buildings in Green Park - Meeting rooms, canteen, generally a bit underwhelming
    Sub Standard Health Care

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great people to work with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Symantec

    Pros

    Opportunities available with good sales training

    Cons

    Company is re-organising and going through major change

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Visionless and directionless leadership, avoid at all costs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England

    I have been working at Symantec full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The sad thing about this review is the company is full is wonderful people, the attitude is very mature and adult, the environment first rate. The salary, compensation, benefits are all above industry standard. This is what makes writing this review so painful. I truly love the company but have been smacked across the face.

    Cons

    The key problem is constant boardroom coups, senior management disappearing all the time, and an utter lack of vision. The latest idea is to split the company in two which again (July 2013) means another huge company overhaul and, you guessed it, lots of redundancies as they "transform" yet again. I joined thinking all this silliness was behind them, and that they were moving forward boldly, but again they have sliced their own head off. Being a newer employee (just about a year or so now) of course i am in the first wave of people to go. I am beyond disappointed that a company with an excellent portfolio and market share just cant even manage itself. Tonnes of middle management who spend their time doing nothing but chatting and having meetings. The work that us "lower level" employees do is just ignored. My advice to anyone thinking of joining this company - don't - it simply isn't worth the hassle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You urgently need stability and retention in senior management. Stop with the boardroom interference and management coups left right and centre. You are engineering a culture where hardworking and loyal employees, yes even the new ones, are happily discarded in place of retaining those who sit around doing nothing all day except chatting and browsing facebook. Already i have seen many people leaving - hurriedly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Needs significant change in leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in London, England

    I worked at Symantec full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Some great people and products. Good flexible working.

    Cons

    Very political and heavily dominated by old school sales leaders who have not changed with the times. Far too inflexible from a product perspective to meet the changing needs of their sales channels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less arrogance required - consider what is best for the customer and how this can be achieved.
    Fresh and forward thinking management change required to take advantage of the opportunities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good company to start with, and also a good one to leave quickly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager Trust Services in London, England
    Current Employee - Account Manager Trust Services in London, England

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

    Pros

    Easy to get in.
    Gain experience in corporate insight

    Cons

    No Job security
    No clear direction at all
    Politics really defines this company - even if you want to stay out of it.
    Not well paid, forget promotions and pay increases
    People are the last thing that carries any value here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shut the company down and start over. Its too messy as it is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    was good.. a few years ago

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    nice people
    high budgets
    good facilities
    nice hotels when travelling

    Cons

    reduced travels
    inconsistent management
    job insecurity
    too many CEO over the past 3 years
    no bonus for marketeers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more consistent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good, but could be better.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Tech Support Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Tech Support Engineer

    I worked at Symantec full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great employee benefits. Amazing training and personal development opportunities (all on the company's time), including taking industry-recognised certification. Beautiful office campuses all over the world.

    Cons

    Very short-sighted leadership decisions affecting technical support's ability to resolve customer issues promptly. Salaries could be a lot higher. More attention could be paid to ensuring staff are happy. All staff. Not just Sales/Marketing/HR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People should be promoted more rapidly and need to be rewarded if you want to keep them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lost their way

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Reading, England
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Reading, England

    I worked at Symantec (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some excellent and talented people, a breadth of interesting products. A top market position providing access to enterprise organisations with high quality opportunities.

    Cons

    They don't know what they have or is that had. That goes for both products and people. They give away the good stuff for 10% at the end of the quarter. Short term surrender monkeys.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find some passion, extend your thinking beyond the next quarter. Do you remember when you had a strategy?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    I very much enjoyed my time at Symantec

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Reading, England
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Reading, England

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

    Pros

    Symantec are a well established leader in the security and information space. Good benefits and overall an enjoyable place to work

    Cons

    As the market has evolved towards more advanced threat detection, Symantec product development needs to accelerate. Two changes of CEO in a very short period of time (the current CEO is interim) and other leadership changes have yet to yield results and have led to a great deal of uncertainty for customers and employees alike.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify and implement permanent CEO as quickly as possible. Set and communicate a clear and consistent strategy across all markets. Accelerate product development. Break down silos in the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of potential let down by poor management in EMEA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Symantec

    Pros

    Good people at most levels, good product portfolio, desire to make it work at most levels

    Cons

    SVP's at EMEA level have formed their own clique which is difficult to penetrate. They say all the right things but then do not follow though unless your face fits. It's a serious flaw which puts many good people off joining, and also precipitates attrition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove the clique - the company is capable of so much more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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