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Updated 25 January 2015
Updated 25 January 2015
527 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.  

    Great place to work? HA!

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    Former Employee - APAC Support in Sydney
    Former Employee - APAC Support in Sydney

    I worked at McAfee

    Pros

    Snacks provided in the office, a lot of friendly staff and colleagues.

    Cons

    It's a very Sales Oriented place - we all know how the sales types are. Pay was disappointing - for McAfee to be considered a 'Great place to work' you'd expect them to pay better than the national standards. The culture at McAfee is a unique one. They want you to be how you are at home, at work - it can get uncomfortable, especially when every second word is the F word and/or C word. The culture is very relaxed and not really corporate at all - a lot of the APAC directors are self entitled because of McAfee's position in the 'Great Place To Work' classification. This blinds them to a lot of flaws. Being an outsider coming into the business, you'll realise that these people are always on such a high because of this and depending on their position and/or years of service to the company , McAfee has a lot of staff who demand respect without giving it - it's disgusting. Don't expect new ideas or suggestion to be taken into consideration, not until you've earned your right to talk at the round table. - rolls eyes
    Expect this if you think of joining them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on REAL Employee engagement - you have this confused with giving too much freedom to staff - you don't see how a lot of staff take advantage of this. HR team needs a re-boot. Start focusing on your flaws. Stop ignoring them because of all the industry awards given to McAfee. People are too afraid to tell you guys what they really think .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Was once great is now not

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Sydney
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Sydney

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

    Pros

    Great health benefits and some social activities Non management is great very nice people who stick together.

    Cons

    Health Benefits and social activities cover the fact that their management structure is terrible. They are a fight or flight company if you are not doing well get out training may help but human understanding is thrown out the window.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to stop micro managing your employees and start seeing them as people not numbers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Cronyism

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I have been working at McAfee

    Pros

    Had a the opportunity to do well with product

    Cons

    Executive extremely poor, if you were part of the bros club then things went well even if you did not perform. Total abuse by upper management, wasted money on lavish parties etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    McAfee

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer

    I have been working at McAfee

    Pros

    Great people and products

    Cons

    Lack of diversity in opportunities, salary inequity and persistent discrimination against women make it a difficult place if you are female.
    If you are looking for work life balance do not come to this company.

  6.  

    Apac management team are self centred and arrogant.

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    Current Employee - Director in Apac (Uganda)
    Current Employee - Director in Apac (Uganda)

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

    Pros

    None to think of. Although they say its a great place to work. The reality is if you dont fit into the mold then you are ostracized.

    Cons

    Male management team are very arrogant and elitist. Most of the sales staff are scared of speaking up in fear of losing their job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Real tranperancy would be good. It's in the action not in the words.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Very high staff fluctuation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Internal Sales Representative in Cork (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Internal Sales Representative in Cork (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    Decent company to start your IT career if you are a graduate but don't stay too long.

    Cons

    The fluctuation of staff is extremelly high, sometimes people are dissapearing from the floor after just 1-2 months in the company. Everyone just stops making the effort to learn the names of their new collegues or say hello to each other. Professionalism and politeness are optional in McAfee Cork. There is low investment in people, poor salary, no career progession plan, salaries are not reviewed every year. People working for 3 years whith the exact amount offered to them in the fist work day. There are no team events.

    Because the recruitment process takes longer than the usual norm, there's a big period between a person leaving and finding a replacement. For the new comer the start is sharp to say the least, with no help from the manager or team members. I would suggest you ask at interview for how long your position has been with no incumbent to give you an idea of the backlog. Expect to be given a sales quote in day one, with no pipe line created. Expect afterwards to be requested to make up for the sales missing during the year while your job position was empty.

    You are hoping to join a cool IT company and what you find coming to Cork it's this outdated call center with 1990 management style and TV screens mounted on the wall monitoring your calls. Absolutely all jobs in Cork are telesales whether called ISR, iCAM, LDR, you will have a telesales job and be treated like a telesales. Because of the unfriendly and unsupportive environment that is evident througout McAfee in Cork, the change of location and culture makes is relatively stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some so called loyal employees who have been working in Cork for 2-3 years are there because they've developed the art of not working at work, amounting cigarette breaks longer than their working hours.

    Maybe you should review everyones jobs and distribute workload equally, it's not fair to increase sales quota for new employees constantly, but accept with no problem the underporming explanations, blaming the market and economic crise, from older employees who have just learnt to sweet talk to the management.

    Top management should check why lots of middle managers reward through preference and not merit. Maybe then people will not be running out of McAfee with the high speed they do now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Would not recommend unless you dont have an option

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    You get to learn enterprise products and experience the corporate environment

    Cons

    Cronyism and lots of opportunities
    For growth through having outside-of-the-office relationships with decision makers.
    Terrible work environment and sales and techs that buddy up can not meet their quotas and keep their position and get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Join the buddy system and do everything what upper mgmt wants. Dont feel sorry about other people being treated unfairly to be successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad Managers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Englewood, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Englewood, CO (US)

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

    Pros

    The number of managers is way to many

    Cons

    Don't have any management skills. Looking to blame people or other groups instead of fixing problem. It management is the worst.

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

    Avoid like the plague

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

    I have been working at McAfee full-time (more than a 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
  11.  

    tech lead

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    flexible timing, brand value, work life balance

    Cons

    salary not good comparatively, single digit or no hikes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    value the employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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