McAfee
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Updated Mar 20, 2014
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72% Approve of the CEO

McAfee President Michael DeCesare

Michael DeCesare

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63% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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McAfee (Intel) is a stepping stone!

Software Developer (Former Employee)
Waterloo, ON

I worked at McAfee

ProsPeers 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

ConsThis 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 Senior ManagementStop 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!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Wasted too much of my career here

Inside Sales Account Manager (Current Employee)
Plano, TX (US)

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

ProsMcAfee will hire anyone for inside sales positions even if you have no experience. You can come here, get experience and then leave for one of the competitors nearby and make a lot more money. If you do a really average to poor job at McAfee they'll promote you to management.

ConsTerrible inside sales management team. They are just a joke and most sit around a better part of the day joking around with each other, not working, not helping and being another obstacle to hurdle while you try to make your unrealistic quota. We have people hired to be sales mentors and coaches and all they do is talk about football and rock bands all day.

Advice to Senior ManagementIntel you should take a hard look at what's going on in Plano with your inside sales teams. It's crazy to me that it has been allowed to go on like this for so long, even with so many poor reviews posted. There is a reason McAfee has become a people machine with high turnover.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Don't believe what you hear!

Inside Sales Representative (Current Employee)
Cork (Ireland)

I have been working at McAfee full-time for more than a year

ProsGood Vision and companies future is bright.

ConsPoor Sales Leadership. I've been in the company for a year and the management team of the sales organisation is extremely poor and lack respect. They forget we people are human and not robot number crunching spare parts. I believe some leadership training will help with this.

Advice to Senior ManagementAttend people management and effective leadership courses.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Negative environment

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Santa Clara, CA (US)

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

Prosgood benefits and smart people

ConsAn "eat your young" environment has gradually taken over since the Intel acquisition. It's become completely non supportive and an aggressively negative place to be. Lots of pressure from Intel on new products has created a constant sense of panic that results in poor behavior at the leadership level. Complete mismanagement of headcount quarter to quarter persists and results in a persistent hire-then fire process.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of bullying managers from the top down. They are slowly poisoning the culture. With so much opportunity in high tech A players are unlikely to stick around for the abuse.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not a friendly environment to work.

Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at McAfee full-time for more than a year

ProsVery little, Free software protection for 1 year

ConsThe IT department VERY RACIAL. Don’t like ex-military. Most directors seem to never have managed people before. Micro-managers. You wait for direction then get asked your status. Have no understanding of budgets. Always looking to blame instead of fixing problems. Changes processes, but don’t inform anyone and wonder why you don’t know of the change. Started looking for new position 3 weeks in.

Advice to Senior ManagementClear out your Directors

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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pathetic company to work for

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at McAfee full-time for more than a year

Prosgood work life balance

Cons1. Hike cycle gets delayed every time.
2. Management doesn't communicate clearly about anything
3. Environment is frustrating. people are shuffled here and there for no reason
4. You don't know the value of your work
5. Very conservative

Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage the junior employee and communicate the things clearly.

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Archaic organization to be avoided at all costs, unless you're employed :)

Marketing Manager (Current Employee)
Santa Clara, CA (US)

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

ProsThere are some nice people there. Free parking.

ConsSanta Clara office is in a poor location. Forget about taking a train to the office or a cush shuttle. We don't have those. What we do have is a vacuum at the top level that has liquidated engineering resources to the point that the company can't release a product that is innovative. Marketing is completely hamstrung with archaic systems. The web site doesn't even have a content management system. The company is full of slackers that have sat in their grey cubs for years doing nothing. Pay is awful. Company is going downhill fast.

Advice to Senior ManagementReorg
Pay people better
Give employees leeway to innovate

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Most poorly managed company I've ever worked for

Inside Sales Representative (Former Employee)
Plano, TX (US)

I worked at McAfee full-time for more than 3 years

ProsFree sodas and a ping pong game room. Healthcare benefits are very average, and they cover most of the major holidays with time off.

Cons- Disrespectful and unqualified inside sales management team from management
- Lazy managers who walk around telling jokes and socializing all day while you do their work for them
- Low pay in comparison to the local market
- Very frustrating work environment because most processes are broken so everything has a one off work around that you must get approval for
- No leadership or guidance from the Inside sales Management team because they don't know how to lead. Most are in over their heads in their role at McAfee.
- Executive Managers prey upon young girls in Inside Sales and Channels
- Very lacking in real career opportunities unless you are part of the boys club or one of the pretty girls who catches the eye of the executives
- Low performers and the most mediocre people are promoted because they are well liked and network well. The spend their time networking instead of actually working.
- Fluffed and absolutely falsified data is used to sell internal employees on what a great place McAfee is. There is a constant barrage of messaging and spin about McAfee internally that is based on bad data that would get most people arrested for publicizing.
- They preach about a work life balance however inside sales will be working on Christmas Eve this year and the day after Christmas while all the execs and many Directors will be home with their families.
- The culture in inside sales is very low class and unprofessional. It reminds me of that movie "Boiler Room" where everyone is tatted up, coked up and dialing for dollars on the phone.
- The office workplace is horrible. Very low open walls, everyone can hear what everyone else is saying on the phone. There is zero privacy and professionalism there. Its so loud some days that you can't concentrate on your work.
McAfee is losing market share across all products and Geo's. The previous CEO cut costs to the bone to make McAfee more attractive to a prospective buyer and R&D has really suffered.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement from Intel should come in and clean house and fire all sales management. It's an absolute disaster there.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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This would almost be the last company you might join, you can not change after

Senior Software QA Engineer (Current Employee)
Bangalore (India)

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

ProsSalary paid on 25th of every month

Cons1. Worst HR/Finance Dept, No help can be expected. Its like you are talking to Government employees if you go to them.
2. No work life balance
3. Every achievement of yours will have more negative comments than positives. you would be made to feel its not achievement but a home-excersise
4. Full of politics with players inter dependent on each others, so no way a change can be expected.
5. This review specific to Mac Linux Team
6. Title is to tell you that, you would become dumb and can never be able to change job.
7. More problems you have out side, more they would utilise opportunity to get extra work from you.
8. Team satisfaction ratings always below normal in annual survey

Advice to Senior Managementtake my voice survey results seriously

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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McAfee EMEA is not good due to inappropriate behaviour of the EMEA leader...INTEL oweenrs look the other way.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

Prossoftware and soltions are super good

ConsEMEA leader does inappropriate behaviour with some staff and thus abuses his position. This includes inapproriate visits to clubs and services. This is not good example to employees adn female empliyees in particualr feel insulted. HR EMEA is proetcting the EMEA leader.

Advice to Senior ManagementIntel should change EMEA leader and clean up the management. Otherwise Intel seems to support such behaviour.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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