[sf-perl] [job] Salaried Perl/DB/anti-spam job at Symantec, in San Francisco

Kevin Frost biztos at mac.com
Tue Aug 14 10:42:32 PDT 2007

I have no idea what the Oregon shop is up to, but I can say a few  
things about the SF office as the sought-after Perl guru will have  
the pleasure of sitting directly behind me.

Symantec is a pretty diversified company considering it's all more or  
less about security.  In SF we do "messaging and web security"  
broadly defined; I work on anti-spam stuff, about 90% of it in Perl,  
and the position is for my team.

As with any company, some people decide it's not for them and they  
move on after a while.  That said, there are some ridiculously  
talented folks who've been there seven years or more (including Perl  
people) - folks who could work pretty much anywhere they want without  
making any material sacrifices - and I think that says a lot about  
the work and the environment.

I myself like the combination of interesting problem area, small  
teams, nice people, actual products, and doing something good in the  
world.  Plus working in SF and having a steady paycheck.  (We  
absolutely pay market rates; I'm not at liberty to discuss specific  
numbers.)  Also, for what it's worth, although I've long considered  
myself really good at this stuff, after a little under two years  
there I can say I'm in the best coding shape of my life.

Anyhoo, if anyone's interested then by all means send a CV to the  


-- frosty

On Aug 14, 2007, at 9:15 AM, nheller at silcon.com wrote:

> I worked for Symantec in Oregon.  They have a fast revolving door.
>> Randal L. Schwartz <merlyn at stonehenge.com> wrote:
>>> "Quinn" == Quinn Weaver <quinn at fairpath.com> writes:
>>>> Senior Software Engineer 565226
>>>> San Francisco, CA
>>> So, just for grins, with the levels of expertise asked for there,
>>> what is that paying in the bay area?  $90K?  $120K?
>> Myself, I'd expect around $90K or so, but I also wouldn't be
>> surprised if someone who looks better on paper would do a
>> little better [1].
>> These things vary a lot from company to company, of course.
>> [1] My guess would be that prospective employers have a hard time
>> figuring me out.  Lots of bouncing around, one year on, one year
>> off, etc.
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