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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.

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    Current Employee - QA Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - QA Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at McAfee

    Pros

    software and solution is strong demanded in market

    Cons

    not share information among teams, average execution

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    Tormenting and wished I Could get out

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    Former Employee - Inside Channel Account Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Inside Channel Account Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at McAfee

    Pros

    People and work experience are at the top of the list. The quotas were not set up to reward performance. If it wasn't for those reasons, I would have left sooner.

    Cons

    Everything. The management there was clueless and didn't know how to make quotas for the sales field. Everything was set up to fail.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue. Take a management course and learn how to work with employees. Structure comp plans accordingly and you'll lose less people.

    Doesn't Recommend
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