McAfee Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
479 Reviews
3.4
479 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good Work Life Balance, good benefits with flexibility to work from home if needed (in 76 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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    Research Consultant

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    Former Employee - Research Contractor  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Research Contractor in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at McAfee as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The employees, projects, and office

    Cons

    Not always being informed of state of company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company! Great People!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McAfee full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The company has great culture. People are all friendly and ready to help!

    Cons

    Since the acquisition it has been going through some changes which has been hard on departments but I guess that's what every company has to go through in order to become more successful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Software Engineering Perspective

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    Current Employee - Software Development Manager
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager

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

    Pros

    Good engineers, good processes, management has realistic expectations, good perks/benefits, management understands the value engineers bring to the company

    Cons

    Product Management group immature and has little (if any) oversight, no standards, no reviews of their work, no quality, etc... it's quite sad as I think they are really holding back growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revamp entire product management group, get more specialized/expert resources into engineering processes and don't rely on software engineers to do everything. Let them code.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Culture / Bad Management

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager  in  Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Plano, TX

    I worked at McAfee full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Amazing people PTO work life balance

    Cons

    Constant change, Reduced commissions, constant reporting on reports

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a direction and stick with it, Don't change the model if its working just to pad the bottom line, take care fo your performers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is an OK place to work, has some flexibility

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McAfee full-time

    Pros

    I am able to balance work-life. There is flexibility. decent facilities like gym/cafe

    Cons

    no opportunities for advancement..lot of politics. There is not much communication between upper management and team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Software Architect

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    Current Employee - Software Architect  in  Santa Clarita, CA
    Current Employee - Software Architect in Santa Clarita, CA

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

    Pros

    Challenging and interesting work. Lots to learn

    Cons

    Too much shuffling because of business realignment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    was good, went downhill

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McAfee full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    good people
    good feeling that your helping to protect people.
    some good managers

    Cons

    Management overall is cliquish
    layoffs
    becoming a H1B shop
    frequent changes in direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start caring and supporting your people
    get a clear direction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor leadership - too many acquisitions, insufficent resources

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are satisfactory and seem to compare well

    Cons

    Headcount not in line with success levels for the projects committed to - expect to work late.
    Highest levels of leadership seem disconnected fromreality. The problems and successes they mention don't seem real. Local leadership struggles with cultural assimilation issues even years after acquisition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add some headcount or drop some projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company yet tend to overestimate themselves

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    solid vision and execution towards the vision: MFE has reinvented themselves several years back in becoming THE integrated security solutions one stop shop and all decisions and actions are clearly directed towards this target. In areas where MFE is not exactly there yet, a clear path is being defined and it's amazing to watch this grow. Obviously, strong product performance is a huge benefit to getting there and the tie in of the various Product BUs into this larger vision is great. Lastly, the great folks work at this company. Generally, talent is nurtured and appreciated. I have had the honor to work with lots of amazing people so far!

    Cons

    If there's so much good, there also usually comes a 'but, ..' - in this case the above mentioned Pros account for most of the company, but there's pockets where leadership, strategy and decision making process questionable or unclear. Maybe this is growing pain, being too successful at times so that not all parts of the organization grow at the same pace. What is surprising is that the growth strategy (as communicated and executed) at times seems to imply 'nobody can do without us' - lack of humbleness is an issue. Sadly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more grounded, humble, open. management tends to be overworked with too little time to understand backgrounds. my comment towards 'lack of humbleness' may simply be a wrong perception based on 'not enough time' ...

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good space, but fragmented products

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at McAfee full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Really good cause, "protecting people".
    Pays well, if you negotiate hard. Good bonus program, has paid out fairly consistently

    Cons

    Hard place to work. A company of acquisitions that run very independently. Getting better, but a long ways to go for all to have the same compass needle pointing in the same direction.
    Intel assimilation being accelerated, looking for synergies now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out the brand story, and communicate where/how the company needs to change to meet Intel operating margin goals..it will be tough and require much top line growth, or paring down, or both.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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