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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Well I never

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    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
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    McAfee (Intel) is a stepping stone!

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    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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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    A company that doesn't believe in loyalty.

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Plano, TX

    I worked at McAfee

    Pros

    A leader in the space.

    Cons

    The company doesn't reward good work with promotions or pay raises and it won't hesitate to let a good, loyal, long lasting employee go in spite of good performance reviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Devote more energy to putting out a good product and show some loyalty to employees who show the same.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good people, bad management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aylesbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aylesbury, England (UK)

    I have been working at McAfee

    Pros

    Flexible working hours
    Working with smart people and good technologies

    Cons

    Once you join don't expect your salary to rise by much no matter how good you are. After a couple of years other companies are more competitive which makes it very tempting to leave.
    Very inexperienced people managers don't know how to treat employees and keep moral high.
    Constant fire fighting and a short term view on everything.
    Constant reorgs make people less productive.
    Experience is not valued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Long term decisions about structure of teams and policy need to be taken and stuck to. Constant changes make people want to give up. It takes time for an organisation to settle and become fully productive. If you keep changing and moving it will never get there.
    Pay your employees what they are worth. How much will it cost to hire and train a replacement? Again a longer term view needed!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dont expect any career path or training

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aylesbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aylesbury, England (UK)

    I have been working at McAfee

    Pros

    Flexi-hours very useful
    Causal dress makes a more relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    - Very little in the way of training
    - Very little in the way of career development
    - No structured grading system used for jobs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set clear grading levels for different fields so people know how to move ahead in their career

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    McAfee is far from "Best Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McAfee

    Pros

    Flexible working hours
    Great Technologies
    Free coffee, soda and water

    Cons

    Mid level Managers are unprofessional.

    1.They are incompetent .
                Most of times they couldn't give any directions; often they send mixed messages.

    2.They have poor communication styles.
    There is No constructive feedbacks regarding performance from managers. Sometime they literally yell at employees in the meetings

    McAfee has long way to go to become “Best Place to Work”.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please rid of mid level managers who can't perform at work and are bad for the company' s moral

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Place Sucks and is Getting Worse

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McAfee

    Pros

    Pay is really good compared to other companies, free coffee and water

    Cons

    Morale sucks and Sr Management doesn't realize it, they'll squeeze you until there is nothing left and then they'll squeeze some more, expense reimbursement takes forever (you travel on YOUR money for THEIR business), no opportunity to grow unless you want to move to India - but that's not really growth is it? Managers in my part of the org prevent growth and career advancement, "Mercury/EMC good ol' boy network" exists - if you're not one of them forget any opportunity to advance. Management can only be described as a shark tank, don't get caught in it or you'll get eaten alive.

    Crap systems and processes make life difficult.

    No communication across groups result in individuals having to cut deals to get information to do their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes to the real problems of nepotism, favoritism, IT systems, expense reimbursement, etc.

    Actually follow through on making McAfee a great place to work rather than just paying lip service to the employees.

    Hold managers accountable to provide LEADERSHIP and direction to employees. It's great to have some autonomy to make decisions as an employee, but when you find out later that those were contrary to what your manager wanted (after no communication) what's the point?

    Provide career advancement to employees based on their experience and education without having to go to India and without regard to whether or not they're in your "good ol' boy network".

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

    Do not go there unless you are desperate

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    Former Employee - Senior Revenue Accountant in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Revenue Accountant in Plano, TX

    I worked at McAfee

    Pros

    Great Technology. Good brand recognition.

    Cons

    Very bad management style in Revenue Accounting
    No work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management training key to making this a good place to work. Communication can be improved. Departments work in Silos. No career paths for mid-level management. Few promotions from within. CFO average life at MFE is about 1 year?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Examine very carefully before you jump in the deep end...

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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