Pros – Symbian 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.
Cons – The 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 Management – Too 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
Pros – Great people, great ideas, good energy.
Cons – Poor people, clueless managers, lack of planning
Advice to Senior Management – Leave..
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – I 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
Cons – And then those pesky handset manufacturers got in the way. Shame that so much promise was squandered in the early 2000s.
Advice to Senior Management – Don't mix customers with shareholders
Pros – Symbian 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.
Cons – Tragically, 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
Pros – good thing that matters most
Cons – real good in benefits and bonus annually
Advice to Senior Management – very well
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – There were some decent people working there.
Cons – John Schroder, the project office manager.
Advice to Senior Management – Do not be sexist or racist.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
Pros – There was a real focus on the software, and keeping the engineers happy. More so than I have ever seen at any other company.
Cons – Under resourced. Our internal and external customers asked for a lot - there was always too much to do, and not enough time to do it in.
Advice to Senior Management – Overall a fine job. We had a vision of the way forward, and apart from minor issues along the way, we tended to execute that vision.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
Pros – Work life balance is very good
Management are sensible w.r.t work practices..felxitime, no suits etc etc
Cons – pay/compensation is below average
middle management are often flaky
attitude towards promotion/work reviews isn't great
Advice to Senior Management – reward the efforts of workers in line with other companies. continue to respect the style in which employees may choose to work
Pros – The compensation is at least comparable with similar London-based companies, at least in Information Systems. ~This may be due to the presence of city-based companies (i.e. financial institutions) in the vicinity - although it will be interesting to see how their difficulties at present influence Symbian's compensation packages.
The benefits are good, especially medical insurance, which a number of people I know have made use of.
Management attitude to work/life balance is favourable, and it is always possible to take time off for necessities & emergencies.
The work is often interesting and challenging - although not always so!
Cons – IS management are definitely not people-oriented, and seem to make a habit of putting their foot in their mouth every time they try to make an announcement. Furthermore, one or two in particular seem to go out of their way to avoid exchanging even a single word with some of their staff. I'm sure that some middle managers don't even know who some of their staff are, despite working yards away from them!
Advice to Senior Management – Please try to get managers with properly developed people skills. And please stop avoiding peoples' difficult questions about the future.
Pros – Working atmosphere:
Friendly atmosphere. Graduates are treated great and get to form great relationships.
Flexible working hours and management is supportive when you need to be absent for medical/personal reasons.
Great people. Lots of drinks, social events. Chance to propose your own social events/sports.
The office environment depends on the floor you work at. The "worst" floors are going through major refurbishment though.
There are hopefully going to be loads of opportunities now that we are becoming part of Nokia.
Cons – Graduates seem to be stack with the graduate group that they joined. There are a lot of people that joined 5-10 years ago and form the core of the company. There is a great gap between them and the new joiners.
Not enough information about different opportunities and career paths within the company.
Advice to Senior Management – -