McAfee Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
486 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good Work Life Balance, good benefits with flexibility to work from home if needed (in 77 reviews)

  • Salary, Learning, Flexible working hours (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor flexibility with respect to work/life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • Some times senior management can be tricky trying to find scapegoats to escape from their mistakes (in 17 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Most poorly managed company I've ever worked for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Plano, TX

    I worked at McAfee full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free sodas and a ping pong game room. Healthcare benefits are very average, and they cover most of the major holidays with time off.

    Cons

    - Disrespectful and unqualified inside sales management team from management
    - Lazy managers who walk around telling jokes and socializing all day while you do their work for them
    - Low pay in comparison to the local market
    - Very frustrating work environment because most processes are broken so everything has a one off work around that you must get approval for
    - No leadership or guidance from the Inside sales Management team because they don't know how to lead. Most are in over their heads in their role at McAfee.
    - Executive Managers prey upon young girls in Inside Sales and Channels
    - Very lacking in real career opportunities unless you are part of the boys club or one of the pretty girls who catches the eye of the executives
    - Low performers and the most mediocre people are promoted because they are well liked and network well. The spend their time networking instead of actually working.
    - Fluffed and absolutely falsified data is used to sell internal employees on what a great place McAfee is. There is a constant barrage of messaging and spin about McAfee internally that is based on bad data that would get most people arrested for publicizing.
    - They preach about a work life balance however inside sales will be working on Christmas Eve this year and the day after Christmas while all the execs and many Directors will be home with their families.
    - The culture in inside sales is very low class and unprofessional. It reminds me of that movie "Boiler Room" where everyone is tatted up, coked up and dialing for dollars on the phone.
    - The office workplace is horrible. Very low open walls, everyone can hear what everyone else is saying on the phone. There is zero privacy and professionalism there. Its so loud some days that you can't concentrate on your work.
    McAfee is losing market share across all products and Geo's. The previous CEO cut costs to the bone to make McAfee more attractive to a prospective buyer and R&D has really suffered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management from Intel should come in and clean house and fire all sales management. It's an absolute disaster there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    This would almost be the last company you might join, you can not change after

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at McAfee full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary paid on 25th of every month

    Cons

    1. Worst HR/Finance Dept, No help can be expected. Its like you are talking to Government employees if you go to them.
    2. No work life balance
    3. Every achievement of yours will have more negative comments than positives. you would be made to feel its not achievement but a home-excersise
    4. Full of politics with players inter dependent on each others, so no way a change can be expected.
    5. This review specific to Mac Linux Team
    6. Title is to tell you that, you would become dumb and can never be able to change job.
    7. More problems you have out side, more they would utilise opportunity to get extra work from you.
    8. Team satisfaction ratings always below normal in annual survey

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take my voice survey results seriously

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    McAfee EMEA is not good due to inappropriate behaviour of the EMEA leader...INTEL oweenrs look the other way.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McAfee full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    software and soltions are super good

    Cons

    EMEA leader does inappropriate behaviour with some staff and thus abuses his position. This includes inapproriate visits to clubs and services. This is not good example to employees adn female empliyees in particualr feel insulted. HR EMEA is proetcting the EMEA leader.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Intel should change EMEA leader and clean up the management. Otherwise Intel seems to support such behaviour.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Experienced web developers should look elsewhere

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

    I have been working at McAfee full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Overall, nice and friendly people to work with
    - Nice building
    - Might be a good place for a new developer to get his feet wet, then move on
    - Large, well known company, decent products
    - Owned by Intel
    - Dev teams collaborate well

    Cons

    - Large, well known company, that is slowly falling behind
    - No concept of team building within the dev group. Managers do not interact with the employees much (only to criticize).
    - A lot of meetings about meetings
    - Below average pay
    - Minimal training opportunities. Very stingy on the budgets for training, etc.
    - Minimal, if any, recognition for a job well done. They WILL, however, let you know when you screw up.
    - Extremely poor project planning
    - Antiquated hardware and software for development (interestingly, the spreadsheet-reading managers always have the latest laptops, though)
    - Dev managers have no decision making power. They must ask for approval for everything. They seem to just care about their own self with no regards to the people reporting to them. We are all just warm bodies.
    - Dev managers do not know the meaning of "how to motivate employees" (nor do they care), nor the meaning of "accountability".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - You have too many dev managers that seemingly do nothing. In fact, too many managers period.
    - You should also do less talking about what you're going to do to improve things, and actually do it!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Awful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McAfee full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Salary was good but just because my ex-boss helped raise it. they didn't even want to allocate a relocation budget before he managed to get one.

    Cons

    Fringe benefits and perks were ridiculous for any1 working outside the UK. The Company culture was only based on sales and all the rest, including HR, Support, Engineering to execute on Sales orders were quite outdated, under staffed or often incompetent or unwilling to support. In general Very jealous of their own domain, back-stabbing was frequent among colleagues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get someone better to replace you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    42% official retention rate....do you really need to hear the rest?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McAfee

    Pros

    with EMC, Solarwinds, Apple and Quest just around the corner....why would you do this???

    Cons

    just ask around Cork, Ireland about the worst place to work.....

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not great and sometimes "ew"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employee
    Current Employee - Employee

    I have been working at McAfee full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Some nice perks and programs

    Cons

    Hypocritical messages about employee empowerment (talk a lot but don't walk the talk).
    Underlying sexism in culture - not overt but it's absolutely there
    Can't get anything done
    Way too much top down decision making

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want the culture and results you say you do, behavior needs to change starting at the top. Employees are smarter than you think

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    McAfee is not a good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Infrastructure Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Infrastructure Engineer in Beaverton, OR

    I have been working at McAfee as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    First Thursday free beer, Fee Muffins on Friday, casual work environment , that's about it.

    Cons

    In 6 months they fires 3 people and two more just walk out in the Labs division alone. McAfee's Virus detection rates are very low, they are loosing money, there clients are leaving Not a good organization to work for. Plus Intel owns them and there is talk of them folding them in and big laying offs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are too may managers and none of them know anything about enterprise IT operations. You would think a company like McAfee would have world class IT, Not so much

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst company of my career, worse than any Indian company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at McAfee full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Right now nothing, they are doing very bad as a product company.

    Cons

    - Poor management.
    - Fowl cry for revenue and money.
    - Generate money from employee's leave.
    - No salary increment cycle, people have not got hike for last 2 years.
    - Now job safety is not there as they fire very frequently.
    - Tons of politics.
    - Crappy managers, completely waste who knows buttering and politics.
    - Now can go to any extent to save money.
    - No career growth.
    - No learning, so you will be paralyzed from career front after some spending some time here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up before it gets worse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    sinking ship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McAfee

    Pros

    OK salary. Fine benefits, nice co-workers. Can probably be one of shining spots on your resume.

    Cons

    Tablets & Apple eating away revenue. Win8 will be a nightmare for 3rd party antivirus software vendors like McAfee. Senior Mgmt are clueless and only care about their own jobs, not the company. Clueless & dumb people are being promoted. Annual Christmas layoffs are very discouraging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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