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Good company overall but internal political intrigues might stop innovations

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Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Plano, TX
Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Plano, TX

I have been working at McAfee

Pros

Benefits and compensations are good. Work environment is good as well. Free drinks, free friday snacks and usuall stuff you expect to get from big company.

Cons

A lot of decisions are made based on political correctness

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Talk more to people in field

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    Typical large software company with smart senior management but crumbling middle management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Member of Technical Team in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Member of Technical Team in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at McAfee

    Pros

    Stable 9-5 job

    Not a highly political environment (but this depends on your team)

    Senior management is sharp and so the overall direction of the company seems to be well thought out and well communicated (compared to many other companies) barring isolated mistakes

    Sr. Management is not uncaring (e.g. Relatively generous severance packages were given to the few people, even entry level employees, who were laid off in 200)

    Cons

    Very middle management heavy

    Middle managers are "managing up" in several instances

    The "innovation" group is almost divorced from the "engineering" group and there seems to be a total lack of realization on part of the management that this is happening.

    Depending upon your group, little to no flexibility in hours although HR claims otherwise

    Middle managers overwhelmingly seem to have learned management from a textbook and have little to no ability to make a real connection with subordinates

    In my group, middle managers are an even spread between apathetic, textbookish, those who require a 1 hour powerpoint presentation (no exaggeration) to communicate things that can be said in a sentence and one malicious individual.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Build closer ties between innovation group and all engineering groups so "innovation" can be translated into features for all products
    - Let managers who can't communicate well be engineers
    - Try to really implement HR policies on flexible timing so employees don't feel like this is just another 9-5 job.
    - Anonymous feedback or at least suggestions for improvement from subordinates for managers

    - Most of my feedback applies not to the San Jose, CA location but to another company recently acquired where I spend most of my time. Sr. Management will know what I am talking about.

    Approves of CEO
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    Examine very carefully before you jump in the deep end...

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    Former Employee - Mid-Level Management in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Mid-Level Management in Plano, TX

    I worked at McAfee

    Pros

    Great pay if you negotiate going in the door, good benefits, excellent products, continued company growth and acquisition, Sales Engineers are top notch. Upper level management came from EMC and have aggressive principles, such as everyone sells. They do work very hard, are focused on their enemy, and make money. If you can survive McAfee and get it on your resume, you have a ticket within the rest of the security industry.

    Cons

    Upper level management is oblivious to the abuse the mid-level management receives and how it trckles down to the ranks. Very egotistically oriented. If you arent the "shiny penny" or the guru who invented security, you wont fit in. Human Resources provides no assistance to good employees who are railroaded out the door during "restructuring". They are afraid of management, its a pity. HR turns over more than Sales. Keep in mind, you are on your own. In a one year timespan, restructing occurred 3 times at the loss of multiple very good Directors, engineers, and business development managers. This took place prior to the current economic environment and was continually implemented for political reasons. Politics are rampant and vicious because it is carried out subtly and low key in the background. You dont know you've been shot until its happened. The good ole boy system is in full swing, McAfee is very cliquish. CYA is the edict of every day survival and informing on someone will keep you in the game. Good managers last 6 - 12 months even if they're performing well. On a whim, management will determine you need to be replaced. Upper management is so focused on killing off Symantec and stockpiling cash that they lose site of the other important issues around them. How much money do you need once you're at $1B in cash? The next goal was $1.5B at all costs. If you work here, you will have no home life, you're expected to be available continually, travel unmercifully, and take any abuse handed to you because you're being paid. It can be difficult to accomplish even the most simple tasks because policies have been implemented that are absurd: IT implemented a standard imaged laptop (COE) enterprise-wide using McAfee tools. While its good to use your own products, you have absolutely NO administrative capability to even add a printer without opening a helpdesk ticket. They also implemented Data Loss Prevention (DLP) on the computers so EVERYTHING you do, print, copy or save is trackable. Be very careful. Engineers use VMWare, additional swappable boot drives, and hacks to bypass this security. Its the extreme in security paranoia based environments. Security is one thing, this is over the top. Sales employees are under great stress to survive and must compete against each other constantly. Only the very top employees get pay raises or promotions, and some schmoozing has to take place to make that occur. Some engineers have not had raises in years. Employee cuts take place just before the new year, every year, usually between Christmas and New Years, to minimize the cost of who attends the January sales kickoff. Extremely rough for everyone at the holidays, but there is no remorse. New employees are then hired in to attend the kickoff. Engineers must leave to get that promotion, however at the threat of leaving its possible to gain a sizeable pay raise. That says it all. Its a big company and no one cares whether you survive or leave. Note that when you leave, your name is erased and you will never be mentioned again. There is life after McAfee...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to what's going on at the VP level and below. The good people down there are the ones that are keeping your company running.

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