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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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    Do your research before you come onboard, the people makes the job.

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    Former Employee - Tier II Support Technician  in  Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Tier II Support Technician in Plano, TX

    I worked at McAfee

    Pros

    Name recognition, free sodas and Friday's free morning pastries, good benefits package. Your peers are great people to work with. Plenty of smart people.

    Cons

    Lousy management at the lower tier levels especially within the techsupport area. All they do is look at reports metrics and only interest in their own performance based on those metrics. Management in techsupport tend to thumb their nose at the people they manage at least in the lower tier support areas. Managers that are promoted based on their years of being there but knows nothing technically about the product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, don't treat them like commodities. Don't be looking at metrics all day long and hammer your support employees based on customers satisfaction. Be aware that if the employees are happy, that will directly transfer to your customers. Amazing that management don't realize that. Believe in your product and your employees and that will take care of your customers.

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    Smart and aggressive leaders, solid technology, weak on employee recognition.

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    Current Employee - Product Development  in  Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Product Development in Beaverton, OR

    I have been working at McAfee

    Pros

    Very aggressive and competitive when it comes to marketing and sales. Smart acquisitions and rapidly improving ability to integrate them. Generally an expectation that McAfee should be able to compete with the largest of competitors, and support of proposals that offer a path to get there.

    Cons

    Lack of internal career paths and professional development, with an old school mentality of seniority rather than meritocracy. There is virtually no discussion of the gaps that people need to overcome in order to achieve the next level. While there is a keen focus on key indicators and metrics, there seems to be a reluctance to walk away from products and business areas that just are not executing to plan. Salary and bonus start competitive, but raises seem to be weak.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Challenge people managers to set promotion goals for their staff and measure them on this. There seems to be no expectation that, once hired, people will or should develop and grow.

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