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McAfee Reviews

Updated 17 December, 2014
Updated 17 December, 2014
502 Reviews
3.4
502 Reviews
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McAfee President Michael DeCesare
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Great learning opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Waterloo, ON
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Waterloo, ON

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

    Pros

    Experienced co-workers helps with a lot of learning and self-development including a lot of development opportunities like education. There were some perks of free food although could have been more frequent. The company encourages full-timers getting their time-off (PTO) to avoid burnout.

    Cons

    The social demographic is thin. A lot of older employees who have been in the industry for a long time and seem to have lost their drive/interest. The social connection to co-workers is a bit thinner as a result and can be highly team-specific dependent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More recruitment of college grads.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Manager in Waterloo, ON
    Current Employee - QA Manager in Waterloo, ON

    I have been working at McAfee full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible Work hours and great place for growth in the career

    Cons

    None as if now. It is good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow in entering in to cutting edge markets

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great potentials

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer

    I have been working at McAfee full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Intel acquisition give McAfee greater Intel resource, knowledge and client base.
    There are always new things (and challenges) to do if you put your heart to it (i.e.: go beyond and above)

    Cons

    The big company syndrome - things move slowly riddled with politics. It stayed on a conservative road map for very long time until three years after Intel acquisition (improving). pressure is on McAfee since it is part of Intel Software division and a lot of things could be on chopping board.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Corporate & profit driven, but co-workers are nice

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Waterloo, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Waterloo, ON

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

    Pros

    The wages are good and the co-workers are friendly and helpful. Most of them are very good at what they do. There are people from all over the world here. The hours are flexible and the atmosphere is relaxed. One quickly becomes a member of their team.

    Cons

    The code is old and very complicated. Management is hesitant to really revise it. There have been a lot of recent hires, so not many are knowledgeable. The culture is large corporate. Their recent change to agile/scrum seems to have missed the point, and it's becoming a game to produce good statistics.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Automation Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Automation Engineer in Waterloo, ON
    Current Employee - Automation Engineer in Waterloo, ON

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

    Pros

    - Great company and teamwork.
    - Great Team event

    Cons

    - Tasks were a bit too easy

  7.  

    it's never boring

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Waterloo, ON
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Waterloo, ON

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

    Pros

    Your days will go fast as there is more work than you can handle. Everyone works as a Team and are willing to pitch in. You stay at the forefront of the industry.

    Cons

    No growth/learning opportunities. Work hard. Then work harder. Security industry is non-stop, break neck speed. You'll only get recognition if you work a ton of overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to stretch resources so thin.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I used it as a stepping stone.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON

    I have been working at McAfee

    Pros

    Pay's not bad.
    100% paid prescriptions

    Cons

    No sick time (must take vacation time acrued)
    Over worked, not enough people.
    No acknowledgement of working extra hours to accomplish unrealistic schedules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many people have left. More are leaving.
    People there are over worked. Know that.
    I have happily moved on and will never look back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    McAfee (Intel) is a stepping stone!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON

    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
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Just another Job!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Computer Scientist in Waterloo, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Computer Scientist in Waterloo, ON

    I have been working at McAfee

    Pros

    There are interesting project areas, if you are able to switch to a different project, it will help keep one interested. They do have some internal "online" training courses, but they are mostly useless to development, but you are able to view some books online which is nice to have handly. You get the typical free soda, coffee and doughnut Tuesdays. Management is willing to upgrade your hardware if you need them, as long as you can make a business case for new hardware, they will provide it.

    Cons

    McAfee lacks support for those who want to better themselves, there is no mentorship from higher ups or recognition of people who want to be more proactive and participate in other functional areas. Poor design ideas are thought up in a vacuum by management without asking for feedback or participation of team members. This attitude of management knows best is one reason McAfee is a follower and not a leader in its market. In fact this has been openly stated that we want to be just good enough and let our sales teams crank out the sales!

    You feel like a hand not a brain over here, you have to really fight hard to get cool stuff to work on. Usually all the decisions are made for you and then it's up to you to complete the task. You are not appreciated as a thinking member of a bigger team. Lack of resources, people keep getting switched on and off projects. My biggest beef is that it seems like you're always busy working hard, but really noting gets accomplished. Lot of smart people here, but most have given up and it enough for them to just show up to work! This company needs a overhaul on being innovative!!! This can only come from the ground up, because the top-down approach is totally not working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take pride in what you build, don't just sell the spin, invest in real home grown R&D.

    The company needs to be "proactive" in involving keen developers in different aspects of the design and development cycles. This should be more than just attending a brain-numbing meeting. If I hear one more time the code is the document then we got the wrong people in charge who just don't get it.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good place, lots of work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Current Employee - Human Resources

    I have been working at McAfee full-time

    Pros

    Very good benefit program, will be moving to Intel entirely in a few months with the integration. They give stock to all employees which is a benefit. Great cause in making the world a safer place. Good flexibility, but a lot of work to do.

    Cons

    Ton of work, always running leaner than we should be. Always facing budget cuts and RIFs happen far too often. Distrust of management ranks in certain functions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a direction and stick to it. Mike Decesare had us headed in the right direction as evidence by getting back to growth, but with new leader on board he feels a need to course correct. Cut back on the RIFs, it is horrible for employee morale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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