McAfee Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Pros
  • Amazing people PTO work life balance (in 81 reviews)

  • Work environment and work culture are pretty good (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • Intel has great programs for work life balance, even including a Sabbatical (in 14 reviews)

  • Some times senior management can be tricky trying to find scapegoats to escape from their mistakes (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Well I never

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at McAfee

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great product. Some awesome people

    Cons

    Mid Level management is mico mannaging or mis manageing

    Advice to Management

    Let people do the jobs you hired them to do. Do NOT allow every item to be a concern of a Director or a VP. DO NOT promote or hire people with NO Inter personal skills to be a manager of people. They might be a brilliant Architect or Engineer BUT that doesn't make it easy to communicate with them.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Learned a few things from my coworkers but it's not a place it create a long career.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Insides Sales Account Manager Corporate in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Insides Sales Account Manager Corporate in Plano, TX

    I have been working at McAfee

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some cool, friendly and smart co-workers, plus they offer free sodas.

    Cons

    Horrible workplace environment, terrible boiler room like pods with low walls that allow for no privacy or professionalism. People there especially the inside sales managers have no professional etiquette and wil stand over you distracting you trying to get you off the phone so that they can disturb you with something unimportant. That's pretty nifty especially when your job is phone sales. If you have no technology industry experience it's a good place to get your foot in the door. They love to hire the incompetent and then promote them to management. But if you don't get promoted within 2 years get out and go somewhere else for more money because it means you're doing your job too well mad like I said before McAfee likes to promote the incompetent. Compensation is much higher at many McAfee competitors in the area and the workplace environment is more professional. My manager spends most of his days walking around drinking coffee and socializing with the other managers and contributing nothing to his own paycheck.

    Advice to Management

    Fire all the inside sales management in Plano and start over from scratch. They're playing a numbers game to make themselves look good but have no clue on how to really lead.


  3. Helpful (2)

    McAfee is not a good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Infrastructure Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Current Contractor - Infrastructure Engineer in Beaverton, OR

    I have been working at McAfee as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    First Thursday free beer, Fee Muffins on Friday, casual work environment , that's about it.

    Cons

    In 6 months they fires 3 people and two more just walk out in the Labs division alone. McAfee's Virus detection rates are very low, they are loosing money, there clients are leaving Not a good organization to work for. Plus Intel owns them and there is talk of them folding them in and big laying offs

    Advice to Management

    There are too may managers and none of them know anything about enterprise IT operations. You would think a company like McAfee would have world class IT, Not so much


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Not great and sometimes "ew"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee
    Current Employee - Employee

    I have been working at McAfee full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance Some nice perks and programs

    Cons

    Hypocritical messages about employee empowerment (talk a lot but don't walk the talk). Underlying sexism in culture - not overt but it's absolutely there Can't get anything done Way too much top down decision making

    Advice to Management

    If you want the culture and results you say you do, behavior needs to change starting at the top. Employees are smarter than you think


  6. Helpful (2)

    Experienced web developers should look elsewhere

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at McAfee full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Overall, nice and friendly people to work with - Nice building - Might be a good place for a new developer to get his feet wet, then move on - Large, well known company, decent products - Owned by Intel - Dev teams collaborate well

    Cons

    - Large, well known company, that is slowly falling behind - No concept of team building within the dev group. Managers do not interact with the employees much (only to criticize). - A lot of meetings about meetings - Below average pay - Minimal training opportunities. Very stingy on the budgets for training, etc. - Minimal, if any, recognition for a job well done. They WILL, however, let you know when you screw up. - Extremely poor project planning - Antiquated hardware and software for development (interestingly, the spreadsheet-reading managers always have the latest laptops, though) - Dev managers have no decision making power. They must ask for approval for everything. They seem to just care about their own self with no regards to the people reporting to them. We are all just warm bodies. - Dev managers do not know the meaning of "how to motivate employees" (nor do they care), nor the meaning of "accountability".

    Advice to Management

    - You have too many dev managers that seemingly do nothing. In fact, too many managers period. - You should also do less talking about what you're going to do to improve things, and actually do it!


  7. Helpful (2)

    Archaic organization to be avoided at all costs, unless you're employed :)

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at McAfee full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some nice people there. Free parking.

    Cons

    Santa Clara office is in a poor location. Forget about taking a train to the office or a cush shuttle. We don't have those. What we do have is a vacuum at the top level that has liquidated engineering resources to the point that the company can't release a product that is innovative. Marketing is completely hamstrung with archaic systems. The web site doesn't even have a content management system. The company is full of slackers that have sat in their grey cubs for years doing nothing. Pay is awful. Company is going downhill fast.

    Advice to Management

    Reorg Pay people better Give employees leeway to innovate


  8. Helpful (2)

    Wasted too much of my career here

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Plano, TX

    I have been working at McAfee full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    McAfee will hire anyone for inside sales positions even if you have no experience. You can come here, get experience and then leave for one of the competitors nearby and make a lot more money. If you do a really average to poor job at McAfee they'll promote you to management.

    Cons

    Terrible inside sales management team. They are just a joke and most sit around a better part of the day joking around with each other, not working, not helping and being another obstacle to hurdle while you try to make your unrealistic quota. We have people hired to be sales mentors and coaches and all they do is talk about football and rock bands all day.

    Advice to Management

    Intel you should take a hard look at what's going on in Plano with your inside sales teams. It's crazy to me that it has been allowed to go on like this for so long, even with so many poor reviews posted. There is a reason McAfee has become a people machine with high turnover.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Avoid like the plague

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at McAfee full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There's a gym on-site and a decent cafeteria. They have really fast internet access in the office.

    Cons

    Systems are just archaic: BI and data are a joke: wireless internet access is a mess inside building; dunces are in mid-level mgmt and up positions. No one is empowered to make decisions that are new and breakthrough. It's just an awful place to be. Don't do it. This is a declining business. Security might be "hot" but not this company. If you're interviewing ask the hiring mgrs how much has the company invested in innovation and research? All the profits go into sales. The "president" is a geriatric man that's completely out of touch with accounts, industry, technology. He thinks he can BS his way in anything. Hey, it's worked so far--only thing is the market has changed. No women in any meaningful positions.

    Advice to Management

    Fire 50%+ of your directors, senior directors, VPs and C-staff. Hire new talent external to the company. Hire some executive women--no not executive admins.


  10. Helpful (1)

    McAfee

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer

    I have been working at McAfee

    Pros

    Great people and products

    Cons

    Lack of diversity in opportunities, salary inequity and persistent discrimination against women make it a difficult place if you are female. If you are looking for work life balance do not come to this company.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Cronyism

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at McAfee

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Had a the opportunity to do well with product

    Cons

    Executive extremely poor, if you were part of the bros club then things went well even if you did not perform. Total abuse by upper management, wasted money on lavish parties etc.

    Advice to Management

    Go



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