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Strong company, pretty good place to work

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA

I have been working at McAfee

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

The company is strong, well-managed, and growing. It's basically a strong company in a strong sector (computer security). The executive staff is seasoned, very talented, and they operate with the highest ethical principals. Dave Dewalt (the CEO) is incredibly bright and talented, he's really driving the company forward in a positive way. Having "McAfee" on your resume is fairly positive. Working in the security industry is a good thing to do ... you're keeping the "bad guys" from stealing data or fouling up your mother's computer. The salaries are OK (around 50th percentile), as are the benefits -- medical, 401k, etc.

Cons

The company does not hesitate to lay people off.

The company does not put lots of emphasis on developing its people or managing its people. The emphasis is on task-management, not people-management.

Advice to Management

If you want to go from good to great, you need to invest more resources in people management.

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  1. McAfee, not a bad place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at McAfee

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are among the best in the industry. The company is a recognizable name and is building a very strong brand image outside of the consumer AV space, even though that's still the most recognizable business. Filled with great and competent people at the individual contributor level.

    Cons

    Wondering if you'll have a job tomorrow with the sudden reorgs that occur. The "shark tank" that seems to exist at the VP/SVP if you're not in the "clique" is disappointing. Over the top political correctness is required, what ever happened to being able to speak your mind and point out problems or issues? Constant org changes are distracting and frankly, don't contribute to a great work environment.

    Advice to Management

    When you say you want feedback from your employees, mean it! Don't just say it. Get rid of the climate where people aren't sure if they'll have a job from one day to the next. I understand hiring people you trust, but give some other folks a chance to advance and take on bigger roles. Understand what your employees' talents are and use those people in roles where they will be challenged and satisfied and they will contribute.

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    - 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.

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