What Does the Symantec Reorganization Mean?
Eliminating middle management removes a large number of highly paid employees. This will tactically improve Symantec's bottom line but reduce skills needed to ensure high-quality products in the long term.
This should provide a short-term stock boost, but it will reduce Symantec's long-term ability to compete. In addition, this will reduce opportunities for line employees to get promotions while increasing their overall workload.
Meanwhile, the Office of the CEO will nearly eliminate the CEO's day-to-day responsibilities, passing them to others but letting Bennett come in regularly and comment on or change decisions that will increasingly already be made (or delayed pending his input). This will reduce Symantec's agility and further increase the workload on Symantec's senior staff as it is increasingly asked to do its job and the CEO's job as well.
Over the short term, more work for fewer people should improve Symantec's bottom line, boosting stock prices and dividend income to stockholders. On the other hand, most everyone will get more work for the same pay, while the CEO significantly reduces his workload. Since Bennett's stock benefits are the strongest in the company, he will benefit the most from the short-term share price increases and the dividends.
Over the long term, though, the company will drift further away from customer interests, given its sharp product focus. Promotion opportunities will be reduced for rank-and-file employees, while work levels will sharply increase for senior employees. This will make retention and recruitment difficult; any problems that result will be blamed on the executive staff-who, through the Office of the CEO, will, in effect, be running the company.
Expect Symantec to hit a nasty wall and enter crisis mode in the next two to four years. It could happen sooner, too, depending on how many senior employees, who haven't already been laid off, see the writing on the wall. The well-compensated CEO will leave as well. Finding a job with a failing company will be much more difficult; odds are, those remaining at Symantec would have been better off leaving.
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