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I enjoyed the team i worked with
Sr. Internal Auditor (Former Employee) –  Mountain View, CAJanuary 15, 2019
My experience ant Symantec was very memorable. Served as Customer Authentication Services (CAS) Auditor for a major Certificate Authority. Worked to protect Symantec’s brands by auditing SSL certificates for compliance with SOX, SAS70, and Web Trust auditing standards.
Cons
under payed
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3.0
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Senior Communications Lead (Former Employee) –  Mountain View, CAJanuary 15, 2019
No comments. The company was going through changes in leadership, so I am not wanting to review at this time. It is not fair to Symantec to rate the company. I am sure it's different now.
Pros
Work/Life Balance
Cons
Unstable (at the time)
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4.0
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It was an ok place to work
Software Senior Document Control Specialist (Former Employee) –  Cupertino, CAJanuary 11, 2019
Teamed with Product Managers on new product launches from start to finish of releasing new software. • Created a process for identifying and managing the release of MAIs (Manufacturing Assembly Instructions)
Pros
Close to my house
Cons
Not good pay
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4.0
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It is a great place to build up a career
Sr Manager, Enterprise UX Operations (Former Employee) –  Culver City, CAJanuary 8, 2019
There has been a lot of turnover on senior leadership which makes a lot of challenges around legacy systems and new vision. The pay and benefits are great (pay is comparable but the benefits are very good).

Product development timelines are tight and work is challenging. There will always be more to do than can be done in a given day, but the teams are great to work with. Some of the brightest in the industry.

It is a big corporation and it feels like it. A bit top down heavy, but working for industry leaders makes up for that. Being the big guy on the block in the industry gives a satisfaction for the wins that is hard to beat.
Pros
meals at crunch time. Great benefits and good pay.
Cons
regular senior leadership turnover, very schedule driven and somewhat siloed
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5.0
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a good company to work
Software Engineer - Product (Former Employee) –  Culver City, CADecember 26, 2018
The product is really well designed, people work so hard on rearchitect the features and improve the quality almost every release. The work is intense but you learn a lot from surrounded by experts.
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Opportunity for Professional Growth, Underhanded Management
Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) –  Sunnyvale, CADecember 22, 2018
You can learn a lot at Symantec and enhance your tech stack repertoire. There are a lot of very bright people to learn from.

Management is the big negative though. They like to think the run the teams as "Agile", but are in reality more of a hybrid - Agile when it suits management, Kanban when it suits them, Cowboy when it suits them. In other words, it's "just do what I tell and get done when I tell you, but I will most likely change my mind about what a release has to contain and when it must be done. I'll stress you out about finishing something by a certain date - only to change the feature requirements at the last minute and move the date out by a month; so that vacation you didn't take to get things done ... well, sorry, we didn't need it done by then after all." Then, of course, the employee gets criticized for lack of efficiency.

Executives talk to everyone like we're a team and incentivize with stock - only to renege if they can be bought out and make the executives a boat load of money. Sorry "team"! You're only a team when it comes to the work; not when it comes to the reward. They will do incredibly stupid things, like take away your personal cubicle waste can "because the liners cost too much, as does the cost to have janitorial services empty them." So, just get up every time you have something to throw away and go to a common, shared waste/recycle bin. Of course, they're too ignorant to realize the lost time in productivity every time a six figure engineer has to get up, walk over to a common waste bin, and discard an item, far outweighs the cost of liners
  more... and low level janitorial wages.

Finally, if you're a software engineer, thinking you were hired to write software, guess again. Half your time will be wasted solving process issues because you're stuck inside a secure development environment with no Internet access or ability to connect to anything else. Nevermind the fact that most of your code requires connecting to the outside your box. Plus, nevermind that some part of the development pipeline is always down or slow.
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Pros
Bright Fellow Engineers and Lots to Learn
Cons
Ignorant, Self Absorbed, Self Interested Management and Executives
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4.0
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Technical work environment
Director, Network and Security Architecture (Former Employee) –  Herndon, VADecember 20, 2018
Enjoyable work environment with many opportunities for growth within the Information Security industry. Daily hands on experiences with multiple hardware security platforms.
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5.0
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Customer Service
License Administrator/ Customer Support (Former Employee) –  Milpitas, CADecember 13, 2018
As the first point of contact for employees with questions, your primary duties will be to resolve and answer customer inquiries, gather and process data, research and solve problems, maintain data integrity, and provide document support and imaging. All work is performed primarily in an office environment under the immediate supervision of a team lead or first-line supervisor.
Pros
Free lunch
Cons
short braks
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3.0
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Upper management doesn't care
Sr. Technical Support Engineer (Former Employee) –  Springfield, ORDecember 13, 2018
The first few years were great, then with CEO changes the company shifted focus to the short term gains. High rift rate because of this.

The company feels like it's loosing it's focus on the employee, and more just trying to make investors happy.
Pros
Free coffee, gym and discounted cafe
Cons
Poor management, high turnover, lack of direction, lack of job security
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Acutally it was Verisign, Inc
Manager (Former Employee) –  Santa Cruz, CADecember 6, 2018
Great culture, great team, everyone was dedicated to provide quality work and best effort. Company also really took care of its employees with good benefits and medical insurance. One of the best companies to work at.
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Company shrinking
Sr Director, Global Sales/Customer Retention (Former Employee) –  Mountain View, CADecember 3, 2018
Sad shadow of it's former self - new management was all about who was from Blue Coat (as they all were) and who was not. This very cloistered view lead to bad decisions but ensured their bonus payout was met. Company stuck in old tech and approaches.
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5.0
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Great place to work at
Software Engineering Intern (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CANovember 24, 2018
Helpful peers and projects that matter. Management is spot on. Everyone is super friendly and happy to help when you are stuck. Great work environment.
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4.0
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symantec is a good place to work
Sr. IT manager (Former Employee) –  CaliforniaNovember 19, 2018
over all i enjoyed working at Symantec. it provides the changes for individual to excel. we get along well, it shows the importance of team work. the benefit is great. my commute is also very short.
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5.0
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Was a great place to work
SR. TECHNICAL SUPPORT ENGINEER (Former Employee) –  Symantec, OregonNovember 18, 2018
Symantec was a great company to work for. I only left because they move my job to Utah and I was unable to relocate at the time. I would have been happy to keep working for them had they offered me a remote position.
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1.0
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sinking ship with lack of leadership
Operations Manager (Current Employee) –  Mountain View, CANovember 14, 2018
It's been 2 years; yet the stock is flat and the Blue Coat leadership team is STILL there.

The company is losing control internally with BU politics and out dated processes
Pros
Work-life balance (you can work 25 hrs a week)
Cons
lack of leadership; too many people
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4.0
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Fun place to work and learn
Marketing Programs Manager2 (Former Employee) –  Mt. View, CANovember 13, 2018
SYMC - Very collaborative team environment that recognizes individual and team contributions that drive success. Given opportunity to learn and grow.
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4.0
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Not a bad place to be
Technical Support Analyst/Engineer (Former Employee) –  Heathrow, FLNovember 8, 2018
A big company has it's good side, regarding resources both material and human, but politics can also play a big part in day-to-day operations and decisions that "come from above".
Pros
Advancement available, education and training
Cons
Politics.
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4.0
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Productive and fun place
LEAD APPLICATION ARCHITECT (Former Employee) –  Mountain View, CANovember 5, 2018
Great company to work for, people are very aspiring and motivating.Learning and keeping up with the pace is the key to success.Good company culture which treats the employers as part of the family
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4.0
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Day at Work
Restoration/WalletLock Specialist (Current Employee) –  Tempe, AZNovember 2, 2018
Management is very helpful, on the floor with all the agents.
Culture is good and everyone gets along with one an other and helps one another.
Hardest part is not able to attend meetings because your scheduled to be on the phones.
Pros
free bus pass for three years
Cons
healthcare
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Hiring process constantly frozen
SMB Sales Representative (Former Employee) –  Springfield, ORNovember 2, 2018
Shortly after being hired on at Symantec, they froze all hiring opportunities. this lasted for a long time and made it impossible to move up in the company. The recently laid everybody off due to selling the building in our area.
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