Talent management comprises the attraction, retention, engagement, and professional development of our workforce. By cultivating and deploying our employees’ skills, we can drive superior performance amidst accelerating growth and competitiveness in the IT marketplace and maximize our retention of high-performing employees. Thus, we offer continuous learning opportunities at every career stage for our individual contributors, managers, and directors, with courses designed to leverage employees’ existing strengths while targeting developmental needs.
Symantec has employees in more than 48 countries. Our sites have a mixture of locally hired executives, as well as executives transferred from other locations. We focus on finding the right person for the position and see value in having a mix of local and international executives. While local hires understand the regional culture from day one, having employees work in offices around the world allows them to learn about different cultural norms and business practices. This multi-cultural understanding is vital for a global company like Symantec.
Opportunities for Training and Development
Symantec believes our employees are the company's most valuable asset. We recognize the importance of developing individuals across all job levels and functions. We offer learning experiences and world-class resources that are engaging, challenging, and relevant. Symantec provides:
- Core corporate programs which develop professional skills such as communications, change management, coaching, and more.
- Offerings that support employees’ transitions through critical career moments, such as when they join the company and when they are promoted to a manager role.
- Functionally-specific training such as sales, finance, and technical support.
- Ethics, compliance, and security awareness training.
In addition to core programs available to all employees, Symantec launched a corporate-wide program increasing our ability to identify, differentiate, and develop our key talent. Approximately 15% of Symantec’s full-time employees are recognized as Top Talent based on the combined performance and potential ratings they receive during their annual review. From this pool of employees approximately half are invited to participate in the one-year Top Talent program. All employees have a fresh opportunity to qualify and participate each year.
Top Talent consists of three tracks based on the unique challenges and requirements at each level in the organization: individual contributors, managers/sr. managers, and directors/sr. directors.
Employee Training Course Completions
Symantec has made a significant investment in course development, ensuring that classes address topics of interest to employees, and encouraging employees to attend training sessions. This investment has resulted in a substantial and continuous increase in the total number of training courses completed by employees each year. Much of this growth is attributable to a spike in eLearning license utilization following the launch of Symantec’s Career Circuit program.
ELECTRONIC VERSUS PHYSICAL PRODUCT DELIVERY
To further assist employees in reaching their career aspirations, we strive to provide each employee an annual performance review between late March and late June of every year.