McAfee Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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  1. Awful

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McAfee full-time (more than a 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was only based on sales and all the rest, including HR, Support, Engineering to execute on Sales orders were quite outdated, under staffed or often incompetent or unwilling to support.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
  2. 1 person found this helpful

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

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    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
  3. 3 people found this helpful

    Not great and sometimes "ew"

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    Current Employee - Employee
    Current Employee - Employee

    I have been working at McAfee full-time (more than a 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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    McAfee is not a good place to work

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    Current Contractor - Infrastructure Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Current Contractor - Infrastructure Engineer in Beaverton, OR

    I have been working at McAfee as a contractor (less than a 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Worst company of my career, worse than any Indian company

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    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
  7. sinking ship

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    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
  8. Horrible place to work

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    Former Employee - Enterprise Sales in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Enterprise Sales in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good technology that sells itself

    Cons

    Bad management, high staff turnover, lack of internal communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort yourselves out, respect your staff, focus on empowering your staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    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
    Disapproves of CEO

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