Symantec Reviews

Updated 25 August 2014
Updated 25 August 2014
1,757 Reviews

3.3
1,757 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.  

    I would gladly work there again

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    Former Employee - Sales Specialist  in  Reading, England
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Reading, England

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, great trainings, great support, great customer focus, great product, great reference, fantastic kick-offs in Las Vegas

    Cons

    Lots of compliance trainings, very American culture, lack agility to develop products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more agile and innovative especially for mobile security, and consumer data privacy....

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Lots of potential let down by poor management in EMEA

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    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Needs to invest in the future.

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales  in  Reading, England
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Reading, England

    I have been working at Symantec as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good compensation, good products, broad base of customers. Talented dedicated people to work with.

    Cons

    Lacks direction for long term goals. Slow to market with new technology, lacks customer and business intelligence, driving growth is difficult. Customers are not clear on the Symantec offering. Very little room to grow professionally.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    challenging, stressful and too disjointed.

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Reading, England
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Reading, England

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

    Pros

    Company still recognised as a global leader and still is a great job if you want to progress in your career. Also many employee rewards available including pension, den plan and gym membership.

    Cons

    Company is still in transition and the morale has dropped through the roof especially with management lacking direction. Also Symantec think they are something like Microsoft and Apple when they are clearly not. Still a lot of work and progress to be made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work life balance is non existent and with this, many employees are leaving for competitors in droves. At this rate they will struggle to get talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great work environment. Nice balance between work and life.

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer  in  Reading, England
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Reading, England

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

    Pros

    we can feel the team work here. Team is as one, and all work to go further.

    Cons

    Eventually the promotions... but its the normal in big teams.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Promotion, raise, then was asked to leave

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    Former Employee - UK Marketing Specialist  in  Reading, England
    Former Employee - UK Marketing Specialist in Reading, England

    I worked at Symantec full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    TONS of training constantly thrown at you and the culture is very much 'in the trenches'. From my experience, the departments worked really well together. Super friendly and inclusive, would definitely recommend working there. Above average wages, great pension.

    Cons

    Despite working well together, management higher up seems to insist on getting involved with micro details and constantly moving the goal posts. I was given a promotion and a few raises before being asked to leave because my performance was poor. Literally I was given a bonus and a raise a week before.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micromanaging and trust that the people you've hired are good at their job.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good work-life balance and learning opportunities, poor management decisions and planning

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    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Reading, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Reading, England

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

    Pros

    The company invest a lot in training and learning, overall pretty good salary ( if you are in the right role) and work-life balance, possibility to buy discounted company shares, gym allowance, pension, health & dental insurance. There is a opportunity to work from home. Work colleagues are generally nice and helpful, good office atmosphere.

    Cons

    A lot of business units work in silos.The company is very american-centric and a lot of important decisions are being done in US. Poor Senior Management planning, politics, favouritism - it is all about who you know and relationships you have at the senior management level. The Senior Management create unnecessary duplicated roles/teams and then let people go. Frequant layoffs. 2 reorganisations/layoffs in less than one year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You really need to sort your planning out. Reoganisations and layoffs every year will not do any good for the company!.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Something to always remember

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    Former Employee - MSS Security Engineer  in  Reading, England
    Former Employee - MSS Security Engineer in Reading, England

    I worked at Symantec full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Symantec Teaches professionalism. Nice building. Indoor facilities (GYM), Located in a beautiful place.

    Cons

    Poor staff, egotistical, unvoiced opinions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New management required for MSS for the UK.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A good employer, ethical and employee focused. Always seeking to improve for benefit of employee, customer & shareholder

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    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in London, England

    I have been working at Symantec full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good benefits package. Stable company. Great Portfolio of products. Company is constantly seeking to benefit needs of customers with employees and stakeholders.

    Cons

    Sometimes cumbersome processes. A lot of change has occurred recently and there is a need for a period of stability to allow employees to focus on performing in the market place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focused on driving agility to respond to needs of market.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    1 + 1 = 1?

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Symantec full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Some great people and great products. Good pay, benefits and facilities. A large and dedicated customer base, who are enthusiastic about their products.

    Cons

    Created one devalued organisation from the merger with VERITAS. A lack of understanding of the Enterprise market. Constant changes at VP and above, with each one coming in and having their grand vision, which was a parody of the last! It was like groundhog day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create clearly defined business units aligned for each of the major customer groups, e.g. Consumer, SME, Enterprise, SI's/Partners. Align departments within each, with clear accountability at the top of each. Structures are confusing and over complicated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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