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Stable and Steady

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Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Reston, VA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Reston, VA

I have been working at McAfee

Pros

One of the leaders in security. There are some good people you get to work with and most of them care about the quality of product

Cons

Most of the action is at the main office and in a satellite office you tend to be a bit disassociated with the rest of the company. It is mainly a sales driven company and not an engineering driven company

No opinion of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Don't work in the IT department unless you are a politician.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX

    I worked at McAfee

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are OK.
    Good cafeteria.

    Cons

    Specific to the IT department:
    1. Most of the mid-level to senior level managers don't know what they are doing, and are terrible at evaluating talents. They typically say the right things in the corporate communications, but do the exact opposite in reality.
    2. It is a very political place, you have to watch your back constantly to survive.
    3. Don't believe the propaganda that encourages internal job change BS, it is a trap to draw out those who are unhappy so as to fire them.
    4. Sucking up to your boss and his boss, putting a spin on everything to make it look rosy get a manager promoted really fast, even though he screws up everything along the way, as long as it is pinned on others.
    5. Low level employees get treated badly with very little respect. Loyalty to the company does not mean anything, if a new manager wants to bring his cronies, you can be fired to make room.
    6. If you have any integrity left, you will have to put it away or prepare to get fired.
    7. Very few talented people stay around, that tells a lot.
    8. Good managers are hard to find and they don't survive very long.
    9. Most managers won't give you chance for training and self development.
    10. There is little SDLC methodology in place to ensure quality work. You will be chasing your tail just to keep the systems up and running
    11. India-based employees are treated much better than US-based (10% raises vs 2% raises), and the rationale being the India-based employees have more options. Well, if you are good, you have plenty of option in US too! But they assume you are desperate for the job and will bend backwards to keep it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the middle management (senior managers to VP) in IT, start with a fresh batch. Otherwise, things will never change. You business is actually being hindered by the management mess in IT and the systems are held together with duck tapes not proper software engineering.

    Truly enable the employee to voice dissatisfaction against their managers without fear for retaliation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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