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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 66 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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    Horrible place to work

    Enterprise Sales (Former Employee) Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England

    ProsGood technology that sells itself

    ConsBad management, high staff turnover, lack of internal communication

    Advice to Senior ManagementSort yourselves out, respect your staff, focus on empowering your staff

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

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    Good people, bad management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Aylesbury, England

    ProsFlexible working hours
    Working with smart people and good technologies

    ConsOnce you join don't expect your salary to rise by much no matter how good you are. After a couple of years other companies are more competitive which makes it very tempting to leave.
    Very inexperienced people managers don't know how to treat employees and keep moral high.
    Constant fire fighting and a short term view on everything.
    Constant reorgs make people less productive.
    Experience is not valued.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLong term decisions about structure of teams and policy need to be taken and stuck to. Constant changes make people want to give up. It takes time for an organisation to settle and become fully productive. If you keep changing and moving it will never get there.
    Pay your employees what they are worth. How much will it cost to hire and train a replacement? Again a longer term view needed!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Dont expect any career path or training

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Aylesbury, England

    ProsFlexi-hours very useful
    Causal dress makes a more relaxed atmosphere

    Cons- Very little in the way of training
    - Very little in the way of career development
    - No structured grading system used for jobs

    Advice to Senior ManagementSet clear grading levels for different fields so people know how to move ahead in their career

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Was once great is now not

    Account Manager (Former Employee) Sydney (Australia)

    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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