McAfee – Why Work For Us?

At McAfee, we’re obsessed about keeping the world safe from the dangers in the digital world. Focused on innovation and cutting-edge research, we look for smart, committed people to help us defend the world against the bad guys.

Leading-edge technology; fast-paced opportunity; passion, belief and commitment that drive change and create positive IT solutions for a safer world – that's McAfee. As the largest dedicated security company in the world, and an employer of choice, we're big enough to offer career opportunities on a global scale and yet small enough to care about your individual ambitions.

Ours is a culture of achievement and innovation. Where fresh thinking and originality are encouraged. And exceptional training, development, recognition and rewards are for the taking.

Our passion to protect has grown McAfee, into the world’s largest dedicated security technology company. But we’re never quite satisfied. The people who thrive here dig deeper and search further. Our employees are obsessed and relentless when it comes to solving the next security challenge and keeping customers safe.

If you are looking for a dynamic, industry-leading technology company with a great culture and a work environment that keeps you engaged and on top of your game—check out McAfee.

Attracting and developing the best talent around has always been of vital importance to us. Good people go far here. We're committed to growth, our own included. From the moment you join, and throughout your career with us, learning and development is easily accessible to help you in your role and enhance your professional potential. 

Passion fills our hallways and unites us across seas. This passion drives our business and fuels employees creating an environment of collaboration and excellence. We are a global company with a global mindset. Our teams are intentionally diverse as we tap into the talents a broad spectrum of employees offers us.

Connecting these teams beyond the walls of work and creating opportunities for camaraderie are also part of our tapestry. Every year thousands of McAfee employees make a difference by participating in employee, charitable, and community activities. McAfee employees have taught school children about cyber security, raised money to fight cancer and leukemia, donated food and toys for holiday celebrations, painted schools, drenched executives in dunk tanks to raise money for great causes, ran in fundraising races, and held employee breakfasts, ice cream socials and bake sales. The list goes on and on, revealing the indelible and compassionate spirit of McAfee employees around the world.

We offer training programs that cover a gamut of subjects such as; sales, technical skills, business acumen, professional development, management, and leadership. We offer in-person training, webinars, and access to a library with hundreds of online courses. Your manager will support you with an individual development plan and we also have a discretionary Educational Assistance Program, which can provide funding support for your personal and professional development.

Surround yourself with the energy a committed, focused, fun group of people can make.
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Name : Chatelle

Job title : Compensation Analyst
Location : Texas

“From HR Generalist to HR Business Partner to Compensation Professional with McAfee, my career history to date has been both interesting and varied. And who knows what the future could hold, because if you're willing to put in the work here, there are plenty of growth opportunities to choose from.

This is a fast paced environment filled with great people and a strong commitment to work-life balance. In the 2 years I've been here I believe that you just need to be smart, innovative, thorough and customer-focussed in order to enjoy it.”

Name : Dave
Job title : Programmer
Location : California

“I have primarily been a back-end developer up until now, working on database and middleware systems for various companies. I wouldn't classify myself as a "security expert" although I have worked on security products for the last 8 years. And despite only joining a couple of months ago, I can see myself working for McAfee for many years to come.

From my very limited experience with the company, McAfee seems to value its employees and is interested in seeing them better themselves, and thereby make better products for the company. This is not a commonly held view by other companies that I have worked for and makes a refreshing change!

It is a great place to work if you like being a member of an intelligent, goal-oriented team. We have a lot of freedom to design, discuss, prototype, make bad decisions and then correct them. There isn't a lot of stress (yet). I believe value is placed on intelligence, flexibility and the ability to self-start.”

Name : Ellen
Job title : SOX, PMO
Location : Texas

“I started as an auditor – 9 years in public accounting. Then I went to work for a large public company in their SEC reporting/US GAAP consulting group. I was there for 6 years. I left there to become a consultant with a small firm... I thought I would be working at numerous clients, but I was at McAfee the entire time, just over 2 years – working on several different projects. Now I'm a SOX project manager at McAfee.

There are some great people at McAfee. Since I worked here as a consultant first, I got to know the managers and staff in several different departments. I really enjoyed working with them. With that experience in mind, I decided to take a permanent position here when it became available. Since joining, I have seen numerous people promoted and some people have transferred to other departments to broaden their careers. I do believe there is growth potential here.

It's a fast-paced environment. You need to be diligent and motivated. I'm very happy though as I'm working for the best manager I've ever had. She's really motivational and helpful. She always lets us know where we stand as far as our performance is concerned and helps us understand what the priorities are so we can most efficiently balance our workloads.”

Name : Jeff
Job title : Engineering Services Manager
Location : Oregon

“I began my career as a QA Engineer and did that role for about one year testing NetShield for NetWare and VirusScan. Then I was promoted to Engineering Services Manager, managing a team of one. I've since been given lots more areas to manage and currently have a team of eight. My team handles everything from the Engineering network infrastructure to the internal product build process (the CM team) to internal applications (Bugzilla, Twiki, etc.) to the product install team where we develop all the installers for the products at this site.

I've been here 6 years and the company definitely helps employees achieve their career ambitions. This is demonstrated in the QA organization with five of its managers having come from the QA line staff. There are definite opportunities for career advancement here if you're a team player, self-motivated and creative.”

Name : Marlana
Job title : Senior Executive Administrator
Location : Oregon

“I work in office admin, supporting 3 VP's plus facilities in Beaverton. I'm also in charge of the security here in Beaverton and help to support everyone in this office. I'm the person you see when you walk into the building. My office is in the lobby area right outside the office of VP of Product Developments, who I mainly provide support to. My job is fun and has new challenges everyday.

There is plenty of opportunity for career progression here. It all depends on how hard you work and how much you want it. After 5 years I believe that the best things about working here are the cool products we make, communication and good morale.”

Name : Sam
Job title : Sales Representative
Location : Texas

“After 19 years at IBM, I came to McAfee with no experience of selling software, but I was familiar with the long sales cycle on high dollar hardware and service products. I began here in the first new hire boot-camp in June of '04 along with 20 other people. The boot-camp is now part of the normal training process.

I was first assigned to sales of the Intrusion Prevention (IPS) product line, selling to corporate customers with over 1,000 employees. After 9 months, I moved to the anti-virus (AV) software product line selling to Government, Hospital, and Education (GHE) accounts in an eight state region. At the beginning of January '07, I began selling the IPS and AV product lines to GHE customers in a five state area, with emphasis on the new product suites.

McAfee as a company is well positioned in the information systems security industry, an industry that is gaining importance and attention in the business community worldwide. The product line is currently very strong, getting stronger in the near future, and is well respected by our customers and competitors. The pay is comparable, and the benefits package is excellent.

Because of McAfee's growth and the fact that McAfee has purchased four or five companies in the past year, the company's sales, technical, administration, and marketing organizations are consistently in need of qualified candidates. With this constant growth, the possibility for advancement is present throughout the company. If you are interested in moving inside the company, you are encouraged to apply. The company has a large library of training programs available in a wide variety of subjects that can help an employee grow in terms of their job skills.

The entire team I work with is made up of very high quality people. They make the job fun and entertaining. And to illustrate how to succeed here, you need to be adaptable, diligent, have integrity and be intelligent and proactive.”

Name : Stuart
Job title : QA manager
Location : Oregon

“I joined McAfee 6 months ago and it's my 5th professional engagement in just under 20 years. That said, I don't take changing jobs lightly. I've worked for a small mom and pop shop, an established fortune 500 company, a dot com start-up, and Nike. I need to be in an organization that sells software as their core business. I enjoy working hard, along side my teammates and the satisfaction that comes with a job well done.

The best things so far about working here are that you get paid for performance, management is intelligent and fair, the work is exciting, it's a global company and we don't tolerate slackers! I believe you will succeed here if you are motivated and willing to learn. And that as a global company that recognizes and rewards those who perform, McAfee provides the foundation from which a career can really accelerate.”

Name : Tracy

Job title : Purchasing Operations Manager
Location : Texas

“I started at McAfee 8 years ago in the mailroom of the Dallas office. And through flexibility, dedication, and determination, I have made it up the ranks to become the World Wide Purchasing Operations manager for all of Indirect Procurement here at McAfee Inc.

Good people and good benefits at a growing company. Opportunities are everywhere at McAfee. You just have to take them. For example, McAfee offers online training to all employees in order to expand their knowledge and job skills, as well as posting career openings online internally. My time here has been both rewarding and challenging and I am looking forward to at least another 8 years if not more of the same.”

Name : Jeff
Job title : Director of Product Marketing
Location : California

“Security is hot. And our organization consists of people with a wealth of security expertise, extensive go to market experience, and "can do" attitudes. I might have only been here 3 months, but I can tell already – I'm going to like it.

Enterprises, Consultants, Systems Integrators and technology vendors are all looking to invest with security providers that can deliver comprehensive integrated solutions – solutions that point vendors can't match. I'd certainly encourage work here.

My career history to date is as a global marketing executive with 8+ years of security software and services experience. I also have 20+ years in product marketing and strategy, alliances, and product management. And I'd say to succeed in a career here, you need to be a smart, self-motivated team player.”

McAfee provides the range of high quality benefits that you'd expect from a global market leader. Our approach is simple, if we want the best people to work for us we need to provide one of the best benefits packages around.

Of course benefits may vary depending on which country or location you are in; however, they all remain competitive in the market.

Another important element is the contribution we make to help people benefit beyond our own company. We call these our corporate citizenship initiatives and it gives you the chance to make a difference to the world around you.

We understand that your salary and benefits as a whole have an enormous impact on your quality of life. We also continuously review our rewards strategy to ensure it remains competitive, but there's much more to rewards than this. We firmly believe that you should benefit from a good quality of life too and we take flexible working practices and achieving a good work/life balance extremely seriously.

  • Health and Life Benefits
  • Retirement Savings and Pension Schemes
  • Public Holidays
  • Educational Assistance Program
  • Complimentary McAfee Subscription
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • Wellness and Community Activities
  • Heroes Recognition Program
  • Paid Time Off (Vacation, Personal Holiday and other Leave Time)

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Knowledge You’ll Use for a Lifetime

Working within the McAfee Organization is more than just a job. You’ll be exposed to unlimited opportunities to build a career on your terms. McAfee sets the bar high with our people and culture, and you’ll interact with the security industry’s most talented individuals, surrounded by a culture that values integrity, success, and fun.

Intern Program Highlights

  • Mentorship program to give you the extra support you need along the way
  • A chance to show off what you’ve learned by doing a final presentation
  • Executive Lunch and Learns
  • Opportunity to work on worthwhile projects and really make a difference
  • Chance to make an impact on the community by volunteering your time
  • Fun social outings with your fellow interns!

What types of internship/new grad positions do we offer?

As the world’s largest dedicated security technology company, McAfee relentlessly tackles the toughest security challenges. It’s what motivates us each and every day. But we can’t do it alone. We need people like you. Whether you are looking for a technical or business internship we have opportunities across the globe to fit every interest level.

Technical Positions: Software Development, Malware Research,Test Engineer, Quality Assurance, IT, Support
Business Positions: Sales, Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Operations


Anna, Marketing Operations Intern (Santa Clara)

"I really enjoyed my internship at McAfee because they have a very good, detailed program for all the interns. You get a mentor, you get face time with executives, and most importantly, you get to do real work—not busywork. Plus, everyone was ALWAYS quick to offer help or advice; the culture at the office is a very generous one. McAfee has really done a great job of attracting, training, and taking care of their (hopefully) future employees."

Erin, Inside Sales Account Manager (Plano)

"I chose to be in the sales organization and McAfee has given me the tools and resources I need to become successful in selling. I have learned how to build relationships and how to effectively communicate with people of all backgrounds. I enjoy working at McAfee because of the culture. We work hard, play hard in a family-like, laid back atmosphere. The opportunities are endless. I started in an entry-level position and was promoted in less than a year."


For more information on McAfee, and currently available positions, please visit our Campus Recruiting Website.

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McAfee Interviews

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McAfee Awards & Accolades

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America's Top Companies, Forbes, 2009
Top 25 large companies to work for in DFW (Plano office), The Dallas Morning News, 2011
BRW Best Places to Work (#11), BRW, 2012
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Additional Info

Headquarters Santa Clara, CA
Size 5000+ Employees
Operated By Intel Corporation
Founded 1997
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Information Technology
Revenue $500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year

McAfee puts a virtual padlock on IT resources. The company provides network security products that protect computers, networks, and mobile devices. Its software and hardware are used to guard against viruses, spam, and spyware, as well as to manage data loss prevention, mobile security, host intrusion prevention, encryption, and e-mail security. McAfee gets the bulk of its... More

Mission: Our Mission is that McAfee: proactively secures systems and networks from known and as yet undiscovered threats worldwide. Home users, businesses, service providers... More

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