McAfee
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Updated Apr 22, 2014
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McAfee President Michael DeCesare

Michael DeCesare

(82 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Work life balance - you know what that means :) Little work and less pay"
    in 59 reviews
  • "You have Flexible Working Hours - can come and go as you wish as long as work gets done"
    in 14 reviews
Cons:
  • "Poor flexibility with respect to work/life balance"
    in 12 reviews
  • "and IDC lost it's mojo with many senior management folks moving away"
    in 14 reviews
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I have been working at McAfee full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood engineers, good processes, management has realistic expectations, good perks/benefits, management understands the value engineers bring to the company

ConsProduct Management group immature and has little (if any) oversight, no standards, no reviews of their work, no quality, etc... it's quite sad as I think they are really holding back growth.

Advice to Senior ManagementRevamp entire product management group, get more specialized/expert resources into engineering processes and don't rely on software engineers to do everything. Let them code.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good company to work for

Manager (Current Employee)
Bangalore (India)

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

ProsTechnology driven, more process oriented, lot of opportunity to grow

ConsNeed to have good HR policies

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Software Architect (Current Employee)
Santa Clarita, CA (US)

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

ProsChallenging and interesting work. Lots to learn

ConsToo much shuffling because of business realignment

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Nice

Data Analyst (Current Employee)
Bangalore (India)

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

ProsFriendly colleagues nice place to work

ConsContracts employers has less chances to become permanent

Advice to Senior ManagementProvide facilities to contract employers

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good company, but corporate atmosphere

Channel Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
Santa Clara, CA (US)

I worked at McAfee full-time for more than 8 years

Prostraining, office, benefits, work/life balance, team work

Conscorp red-tape to get things approved, long processes, too many meetings to have another meeting.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great

Software Development Engineer (Former Employee)
Bangalore (India)

I worked at McAfee full-time for less than a year

ProsGood work and develop environment is good and proper training

ConsPay scale needs to be little higher

Advice to Senior ManagementGet more projects and have good payscale

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Good space, but fragmented products

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

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

ProsReally good cause, "protecting people".
Pays well, if you negotiate hard. Good bonus program, has paid out fairly consistently

ConsHard place to work. A company of acquisitions that run very independently. Getting better, but a long ways to go for all to have the same compass needle pointing in the same direction.
Intel assimilation being accelerated, looking for synergies now.

Advice to Senior ManagementFigure out the brand story, and communicate where/how the company needs to change to meet Intel operating margin goals..it will be tough and require much top line growth, or paring down, or both.

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

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was good, went downhill

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at McAfee full-time for more than 8 years

Prosgood people
good feeling that your helping to protect people.
some good managers

ConsManagement overall is cliquish
layoffs
becoming a H1B shop
frequent changes in direction

Advice to Senior Managementstart caring and supporting your people
get a clear direction

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Poor leadership - too many acquisitions, insufficent resources

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Denver, CO (US)

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

ProsCompensation and benefits are satisfactory and seem to compare well

ConsHeadcount not in line with success levels for the projects committed to - expect to work late.
Highest levels of leadership seem disconnected fromreality. The problems and successes they mention don't seem real. Local leadership struggles with cultural assimilation issues even years after acquisition.

Advice to Senior ManagementAdd some headcount or drop some projects.

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

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Good company yet tend to overestimate themselves

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

Prossolid vision and execution towards the vision: MFE has reinvented themselves several years back in becoming THE integrated security solutions one stop shop and all decisions and actions are clearly directed towards this target. In areas where MFE is not exactly there yet, a clear path is being defined and it's amazing to watch this grow. Obviously, strong product performance is a huge benefit to getting there and the tie in of the various Product BUs into this larger vision is great. Lastly, the great folks work at this company. Generally, talent is nurtured and appreciated. I have had the honor to work with lots of amazing people so far!

ConsIf there's so much good, there also usually comes a 'but, ..' - in this case the above mentioned Pros account for most of the company, but there's pockets where leadership, strategy and decision making process questionable or unclear. Maybe this is growing pain, being too successful at times so that not all parts of the organization grow at the same pace. What is surprising is that the growth strategy (as communicated and executed) at times seems to imply 'nobody can do without us' - lack of humbleness is an issue. Sadly.

Advice to Senior Managementbe more grounded, humble, open. management tends to be overworked with too little time to understand backgrounds. my comment towards 'lack of humbleness' may simply be a wrong perception based on 'not enough time' ...

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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