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McAfee Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
501 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good Work Life Balance, good benefits with flexibility to work from home if needed (in 81 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Intel has great programs for work life balance, even including a Sabbatical (in 14 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.  

    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
  2.  

    Horrible place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an 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
  3. 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
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  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    McAfee hires you... and takes your soul

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    Former Employee - Program Manager
    Former Employee - Program Manager

    I worked at McAfee

    Pros

    *market competitive salary
    *good benefits
    *global team

    Cons

    *Extremely political within the organization, lots of drama between management all the way up and also within departments.
    *Work life balance is horrible with some divisions - employees work 12-15 hour days, 7 days a week. It's a sweat shop for those who love to work. This is from an Engineering organization perspective.
    *Team does not communicate when there are changes implemented to virtual team and then when errors are made, that group is reprimanded.
    *There is a lack of team collaboration and cooperativeness. Everyone is fending for themselves to survive.
    *Very poor management. Some managers are inflexible, back-stabbing, and out-right condescending towards employees and individual contributors.
    *Mid-level managers micro-manages or likes to mis-manage employees.
    *I've seen incidents where they would fire people or force them out for really no apparent reason. Most of the time, it's a political game and challenge.

    Overall; it was a horrible experience. I would not recommend this company to anyone looking for a job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Worst Job Ever

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Accountant in Plano, TX

    I worked at McAfee

    Pros

    McAfee Plano is located near the Dallas North Tollway and the 121 toll.
    It is business casual attire. Cafe downstairs for quick lunches.

    Cons

    Vacation-
    You are granted vacation days, but good luck trying to take them. Instead, they give you mandatory days off and make you use that as your vacation. That would be workable if you knew what days they would be, BUT you don't. It completely depends on how bad their financials look and how desperate they are to cut expenses to meet Wall Streets expectations. So go out tonight and have a great time; take another shot while bellied up at the bar, because you might just find out you are off tomorrow.

    Work Load-
    If you are considering McAfee, you might also consider joining the Armed Forces; at least one will help pay for your college. They will both take you away from your family more than anyone would prefer. If you like working 50+ hour weeks while your manager leaves at 4:59pm everyday then you will love McAfee. If you like literally sweating at a keyboard just to get the job complete while your co-workers share pictures of their Farmville... you get the point.

    Work-Life Balance-
    The answer is no.

    Overall; it was a horrible experience. I would not recommend this company to anyone looking for a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just quit! Let them higher someone who cares about people instead of bonuses and bending numbers in order to stay bonus eligible. Give the people their 401k and maybe offer a match since smaller companies can do it so should you. I am now at a much smaller company with much better benefits, much better pay, we actually get to take vacation days, and nearly everyone loves their job. Oh, and thanks for laying me off! I've never been happier!!

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Company is poorly structured. Very poor management at all levels.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at McAfee

    Pros

    Very good colleagues. Work with a talented team of individuals.

    Cons

    Very poorly structured company. Management at all levels very poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire competent managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Well I never

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at McAfee

    Pros

    Great product. Some awesome people

    Cons

    Mid Level management is mico mannaging or mis manageing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let people do the jobs you hired them to do. Do NOT allow every item to be a concern of a Director or a VP. DO NOT promote or hire people with NO Inter personal skills to be a manager of people. They might be a brilliant Architect or Engineer BUT that doesn't make it easy to communicate with them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    McAfee (Intel) is a stepping stone!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at McAfee

    Pros

    Peers in engineering are smart, nice and are willing to help others.
    Company will buy you the hardware you need to get you job done, you just need a good business case.
    Pay is OK, nothing to get excited about. Negotiate well on hire!
    Nice place for a short term.
    Free pop, free donuts (once a week), monthly cake day to celebrate birthdays (very recent)
    Good benefits

    Cons

    This is a "Yes" man's place.
    No commitment from management to help grow you, they want you happy where you are.
    Work life balance is not something valued here!They value deadline over quality.
    Burn-out due to stupid duplication of cross-team roles. Developer expected to also be QA, do your job as a coder then do the job of a full-time QA. If QA gets a buggy drop, they+QA management whine about their "deadline" being stretched. QA doesn't want to work past 5pm! So developer have to put in extra hours, this is unfair!!!
    They try to fit an agile process in a company that is more like a waterfall software development shop.
    They lack real engineering standards, it's really painful how much dev managers are so old school they see no value is using a unit testing framework!
    You can work your butt off, put in long hours and you will not get a pay raise to even match inflation. This is not only sad, but plain insulting! More so when a company sees double-digit growth for 8+ consecutive quarters! It's a slap in the face!!
    No opportunity for growth, company is really small. you are pretty much stuck where you are.
    Slow to embrace new technology, they love to acquire companies for the IP, but zero focus on R&D.
    Management will throw you under the bus, even when they are not managing you!
    Management is resistance to change, they talk with zero action and lack credibility. Most manager will listen, that is as far as it goes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop talking, stop taking surveys and just execute. Noting speaks volume then "effective" action. Workers see though the hot air talks, also the surveys are so misleading because no one really believes they are anonymous. As a result "real" feelings between peers is not reflected in the survey management is seeing!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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