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McAfee Reviews

Updated Jun 30, 2014
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3.3 452 reviews

69% Approve of the CEO

McAfee President Michael DeCesare

Michael DeCesare

(94 ratings)

65% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Promotes work-life balance - Remote work is often encouraged for FTEs(in 67 reviews)

  • You have Flexible Working Hours - can come and go as you wish as long as work gets done(in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor flexibility with respect to work/life balance(in 12 reviews)

  • Some times senior management can be tricky trying to find scapegoats to escape from their mistakes(in 17 reviews)

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    Was once great is now not

    Account Manager (Former Employee) Sydney

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

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

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

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    take a job here if you are Unemployed!

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

    ProsMcAfee is a company that offers free parking and free sodas to employees.

    ConsMcAfee is a place to go to die or to go if you're unemployed--that was my excuse. The company is filled with "lifers" who have put in years and years. Quite uncommon in the valley so you should take this as a red flag! People managers have $0 budgets for development. In the entire time I have been here, not once have I attended a meeting (staff, extended staff, all-hands, etc.) that included a speaker from outside of McAfee or Intel. This is called inbreeding. This is what's going to kill McAfee.

    Least capable get promoted. Remember that when you see someone's resume who was a director or a VP. The people who are changing things who are creative and paradigm-shattering come in and leave jaded usually under 3 years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in your people
    Allow your people more latitude to complete their jobs
    Change meeting structures from status reports and top-down communications to more creative, problem solving and down-to-top communications

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

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    tech lead

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Bangalore (India)

    Prosflexible timing, brand value, work life balance

    Conssalary not good comparatively, single digit or no hikes

    Advice to Senior Managementvalue the employees

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

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    Wasted too much of my career here

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

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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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