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    Nice to work with Symbian and u love it

    Senior Engineer (Former Employee) Bangalore

    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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    A great place to work (Symbian Ltd.)

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

    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

     

    From nothing to everywhere in four years!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    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)

    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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    coolest ever on the planet earth

    Packer (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    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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    Great Software Company

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

    ProsThere was a real focus on the software, and keeping the engineers happy. More so than I have ever seen at any other company.

    ConsUnder 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 ManagementOverall 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

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    Symbian - a happy place to work.

    Engineering Manager (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsThe calibre of the majority of other employees. The presence of a strong social programme. A good benefits package. The training opportunities for non-technical competencies is very good and applying and being accepted for training courses is automated and rarely declined. Communication of company news via monthly team briefs is excellent and most welcome.

    ConsThe difficulty of removing less than stellar employees. Some of the communication is inconsistent - not all teams get the same level of quality of information cascade.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAggressively continue the current programme of improvements. Information in team cascades could be made more interesting and relevant to the engineering teams.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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