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McAfee Reviews in Santa Clara, CA

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
502 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.  

    This is a nice company to work with. Great opportunities, and friendly team members. Company is highly competitive.

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    Current Employee - Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    personal growth, brand value, work-life balance.

    Cons

    technical knowledge required for even managerial roles

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Disjointed, disorganized marketing community

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

    I worked at McAfee as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    McAfee has the best technology out there in the security industry, there are a lot of talented individuals scattered throughout the organization. Marketing this technology in new and unique ways was an excellent way to begin my career.

    Cons

    As a contractor at McAfee I felt expendable, useless, despite the fact that I was running a team and providing value that stretched all the way across and up the marketing organization and beyond. McAfee does not invest in its lower-level talent and much of the time upper management becomes complacent with the status quo, not willing to financially support new endeavors and hoping for the best from tired old ways. It's a conservative culture, and advancement (especially in the marketing organization) is difficult, if not impossible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in your lower-level employees - talent won't stick around incontrovertibly (especially in the valley). Try new things and don't be afraid of failure. Open up opportunities for your lower-level talent that you need to stick around to continue to compete.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Good benefits, laid back style

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    Former Employee - Administrate Assistant in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Administrate Assistant in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, work from home, (very) casual dress code.

    Cons

    Lower-end pay, extremely poor review system. Not motivated to maintain quality employees, several rounds of layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review salary and raise policies to match with employee performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Internship in Marketing team

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

    I worked at McAfee as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good company, diverse team, different events, very open to anyone's ideas and have a great internship program

    Cons

    Do not value the contribution of a certain team members and have their favorites

    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Layoffs after being employed less than 5 months?!

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

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

    Pros

    Nice office environment. Cube farms are neatly arranged.

    Cons

    Too many meetings. Some management very title-oriented and treat people below them like minions in how they communicate with them. Intimidation management. My own boss was on vacation at least 4 times in the 5 months I was there, often times leaving things unattended.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forecast better to avoid training people up just to let them go!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Now a wholly owned division of Intel

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

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

    Pros

    Global presence, entrepreneurial environment, broad product line

    Cons

    There are a lot of vivas working there and management enables this behavior

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are too many titles and levels of employees within the company; need to streamine

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Family oriented, professional and down-to-earth people

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    Current Employee - Marketing Program Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Program Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    The pay is decent, but definitely depends on your hiring manager. The facility is very nice and has a nice cafe The computer provided was a dell and the IT dept. helps very quickly with any technical issues. The culture depends on the organization and the managing executive for that particular org. Overall people leave work at 5, and that's expected.

    Cons

    Executive leadership is really bad. It's a good ole' boys' club which disgusts many of the employees. Upper management is viewed as being less than sincere and it's hurting morale across the board. Intel has now accelerated the process of swallowing the wholly owned subsidiary and there is so much change going on, the instability is demotivating. At least 2 rounds of layoffs a year and raises are slim to none.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being sexist, stop promoting unqualified people for personal reasons (i.e. giving jobs to people that kiss up to you or happen to look a certain way) and realize that the people are what make the company ...so worry about morale and take the employee survey seriously. Stop spending outrageous amounts of money on executive entertainment and compensate your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Work Life

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Great Work Life Balance and Benefits..

    Cons

    Slow growth and very little learning unless you end up in a good team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a better vision

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok to Work

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    Current Employee - Business Intelligence Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Business Intelligence Intern in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible atmosphere. Lots to learn and enjoy.

    Cons

    Pay is OK, Not much employee benefits

    Recommends
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avoid like the plague

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    There's a gym on-site and a decent cafeteria. They have really fast internet access in the office.

    Cons

    Systems are just archaic: BI and data are a joke: wireless internet access is a mess inside building; dunces are in mid-level mgmt and up positions. No one is empowered to make decisions that are new and breakthrough. It's just an awful place to be. Don't do it. This is a declining business. Security might be "hot" but not this company. If you're interviewing ask the hiring mgrs how much has the company invested in innovation and research? All the profits go into sales. The "president" is a geriatric man that's completely out of touch with accounts, industry, technology. He thinks he can BS his way in anything. Hey, it's worked so far--only thing is the market has changed. No women in any meaningful positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire 50%+ of your directors, senior directors, VPs and C-staff.
    Hire new talent external to the company.
    Hire some executive women--no not executive admins.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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