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At a Glance

Uppers

A career stop at the biggest name in virus protection will look good on any job hunter's résumé

Solid salaries and a strong benefits package

Strong work-life programs

Downers

Long hours and hectic days are the norm

Senior management can overlook contributions from even the hardest working employees

Promotions can be difficult to land

The Bottom Line

McAfee offers plenty of opportunities to a wide range of employees. However, long hours are the trade-off for excellent compensation packages.

About McAfee, LLC

For about 30 years, McAfee has guarded computers from cyberattack. The company's security products offer threat detection, protection, and response for devices from a PC sitting on a desk at home to corporate networks to public, private, and hybrid cloud environments. It offers security management, security event and information management, and security analytics. McAfee also manages data loss prevention, mobile security, host intrusion prevention, encryption, and e-mail security. The company sells directly and through resellers to corporations and consumers as well as to original equipment manufacturers.

Change in Company Type

Intel in 2011 bought McAfee, then a publicly traded company, for about $7.7 billion as part of an effort to assemble a cyber security business inside Intel. In 2016 the company sold 51% of McAfee to TPG Capital, a private equity firm, for about $3.1 billion and a commitment from TPG to invest about $1.1 billion in McAfree. Intel retained 49% of McAfee while TPG sold part of its share to Thoma Bravo, another private equity firm. TPG's portfolio also includes security companies Tanium and Zscaler.

Operations

McAfee's products span the detection and protection spectrum from PC systems and mobile devices for consumers to enterprise-grade network security offerings and the Internet of Things. The products offer data protection and encryption, database security, endpoint protection, network security, and web security. The company claims that its security offerings cover more than 620 million endpoints, which include smart phones, computers, servers, and tablets.

The company also provides consulting on security. McAfee Labs conducts research on threats around the world and issues regular reports on the types and numbers of incidents.

Geographic Reach

McAfee, based in Santa Clara, California, has customers in more than 180 countries.

Sales and Marketing

McAfee's products are sold directly to consumers and enterprises as well as through its network of strategic partners and resellers such as Dell, Lenovo, and Adobe. Trial versions of McAfee's consumer software often comes pre-installed on PCs manufactured by partners or bundled with other third-party software products. McAfee sells to consumers through retailers such as Best Buy and Amazon.com.

McAfee has a wide range of customers, which include about three-quarters of the FORTUNE 500 firms. It also has public sector customers such as government agencies and educational institutions.

Strategy

As an independent company, McAfee is free to chart its own course. The company has a long history of security expertise to call on as well as a large database of threat intelligence to help guide it as the company develops new products and services. It has some 1,500 security technology patents. Under TPG McAfee has said it will apply greater market focus, build its platform, and make financial, operational, and technology investments to offer effective products.

Investments include research and development to add analytics, data science, and deep learning to provide better information to customers.

McAfee believes the results of the investments will help it compete more effectively with the increasing competition in cyber security. The company faces a lineup of rivals that include security focused companies like Symantec, F5, Check Point Technologies, Forcepoint, Trend Micro, FireEye, and Fortinet. Other competitors offer security as part of their comprehensive enterprise products. Those companies include Cisco Systems, IBM, Dell Technologies, and Microsoft.

Mergers and Acquisitions

McAfee uses acquisitions to expand its product line, adding new technologies and capabilities that address the increasingly complex security threats that networks and computers face.

In 2019 McAfee acquired California-based NanoSec, a multi-cloud, zero-trust application and security platform. The addition of NanoSec's technology should strengthen the container security of McAfee's MVISION Cloud and MVISION Server Protection products. 

In 2018 the company bought TunnelBear, a Canadian firm that provides public VPN services meant to protect data and add extra security for consumers connecting to public Wi-Fi networks.

The previous year it purchased Skyhigh Networks, which develops security applications for cloud computing. Skyhigh's cloud access security broker (CASB) offerings strengthen McAfee's security portfolio.

McAfee, LLC

6220 America Center Dr
Alviso, CA 95002-2563
Phone: 1 (888) 847-8766

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Privately Owned
President: Michael P. DeCesare
Intel Fellow, Intel Security Group and CTO: Steve Grobman
General Manager, Intel Security Group: Christopher Young
Employees (This Location): 111
Employees (All Locations): 6,300

Major Office Locations

Alviso, CA

Other Locations

Hillsboro, CA
San Diego, CA
Englewood, CO
Miami, FL
Roswell, GA
Columbia, MD
Saint Paul, MN
Liberty, MO
New York, NY
Beaverton, OR
La Vergne, TN
Plano, TX
Reston, VA
Saint-Lazare, Canada
Seoul, South Korea