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No Offer

Negative Experience

Course Developer Interview

Course Developer

I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Blue Coat Systems.

Interview Details – Recruiter was being inconsistent with questions in regards to benefits, salary, and whether or not the position was contract or FTE. Did not interview with the company, but the recruiter was very pushy. Received another contact from another recruiter for the same position position today. Nice to be wanted, but I will not deal with companies that cannot be straightforward on what they have to offer you.

Interview Question – There was none, since they could not be straightforward on benefits/salary/FTE vs contract.   Answer Question

No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Anonymous Position Interview

Anonymous Position
Sunnyvale, CA

I applied through other source and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Blue Coat Systems.

Interview Details – The work environment did not seem adequate. Some lights were on and a lot were off. Cubicles in disarray and unoccupied - tons of them. Not impressed...sinking ship feeling.

Interview Question – none really. everyone was OK in interview process. My concern was stability of company, which the mgr stated could be acquisition in 2013.   Answer Question

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No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Product Manager Interview

Product Manager
Sunnyvale, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Blue Coat Systems in February 2011.

Interview Details – I had a totally horrible experience with Blue Coat. Recruiter called me and said they were interested in my background. After the mandatory phone screen with the hiring manager, I was called on site for face to face interviews. The scheduling was really slow and it took them two weeks to set it up. And on the day of the interview, there was a final substitution because one of the people was unavailable at the last minute.

They had me sign an NDA and I was walked in by the hiring manager. The work environment seemed dull. I noticed a lot of cubicles with people frantically typing away at their screens. The team I was interviewing for had experienced a lot of turnover and they were interviewing replacement hires - I wondered why there was so much turnover. First up was the hiring boss. I was asked all the regular product management questions - how do you vet requirements, how do you work with engineering, where do you see this market evolving, etc

The second guy was extremely rude. He didn't even want to shake hands, say hello and introduce himself. Apparently he had been hired recently and I guessed it had been a rough start for him in the company. He seemed totally disinterested in any of my answers. I felt like this guy had planned to ding me even before the interview.

Next up was another PM. I worked for a bigger company so this guy was totally surprised I was interviewing with them. He kept asking me why you, why leave, why now, why blue coat. Didn't seem convinced. He had been with the company for a year and I guessed this guy has seen a lot of turnover and it had been pretty rough for him with him handling a bulk of the workload.

At that point, I was thinking this was the wrong place to be in especially if these were the kind of people I would be working with on a daily basis. I didn't want to be in such a hostile place.

A month has passed and no word from them. Called and left messages - recruiter is ignoring me. This is totally different from how she behaved before setting up the interviews when she would call and hound me everyday. At least for courtesy's sake drop me a note and tell me you have moved on with other candidates.

Interview Question – How do you qualify requirements?   Answer Question

No Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Director Interview

Sunnyvale, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Blue Coat Systems in May 2010.

Interview Details – Was very impressed that all 6-7 interviewers were on time, prepared, appeared competent, and were very engaging - all except for the hiring VP who was aloof, distant, and very indecisive.

A clique of executives joined the company from BEA, and it appeared it might be difficult to become part of that inner circle. The CEO co-founder was described as a brilliant person trying to learn to be CEO of a large company, but it sounded like he was an incurable startup CEO incapable of scaling a company (taking great pride in having a cubicle instead of an office was one of several clues).

Although I was recommended by a Blue Coat executive VP and thought I interviewed extremely well, the hiring VP did not see my background being as good of a fit as I thought it was for the first director position. He suggested I would be a candidate for another director position that was opening up, but I received an offer from another company before he could make a decision.

Interview Question – I don't recall any difficult or unexpected questions.   Answer Question

No Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Inside Channel Sales Interview

Inside Channel Sales
Austin, TX

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Blue Coat Systems in April 2010.

Interview Details – I was contacted by an internal Blue Coat recruiter in online search- initial phone screen and presented my information. I was invited for a one on one interview with Sales Manager in Austin, TX.

Channel Sales Manager and I met in conference room- discussed employment history in depth, focusing on channel experience. Proceeded to ask about my reaction to sales scenarios- i.e. 'if a partner heard about an opportunity, but did not know the details of the lead- how would I go about getting additional information about the lead.' Through my answer process, he would present road blocks and force me to change my answer to get what he was looking for- including who I would contact and what questions I would pose to them.

Other Questions:
Describe Sales Methodology
Why should I be considered over other candidates?

Interview Questions

No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Sales Interview

Sunnyvale, CA

The process took a day - interviewed at Blue Coat Systems in October 2009.

Interview Details – Interviewer was Director level and pretty much lifeless, like he didn't want to be there (and this was a Sales Director). Style was like a newby reading from "interviewing for Dummies". First question was "do you know what we do" followed by..."what are your strengths"? "What are your weaknesses"? "Tell me something about yourself" etc. Once you answered a question he'd repeatedly ask "what else?" over and over. It's all the generic interviewing 101 questions. Spend some time on their site so you can answer the "what do we do" question and have 3-4 answers for each question cause he'll keepasking "what else"? Also, Their competitors are listed as Cisco, McAfee and Websense but they view Cisco as their biggest threat as Cisco came up a often.

No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Manager If Customer Satisfaction Interview

Manager If Customer Satisfaction
Sunnyvale, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Blue Coat Systems in March 2009.

Interview Details – I had a phone screen, then went in for an interview with the hiring manager. He indicated that all had gone well and that I was to come back to interview again. I interviewed again with him, and then with five others (peers). Again, I was told that the interview went extremely well. I waited, and waited, and waited, but despite lots of positive feedback, was never called back. Unfortunately, HR dropped the ball in my case, but I have heard that this is not the norm for them. I was told another candidate was selected, but now, five months later, they still haven't hired anyone. I suspect the position was put on hold. Overall, nice people.

Interview Questions

  • Describe the customer process. Who owns the customer at each point?   Answer Question
  • What are the three most difficult customer situations you have dealt with.   Answer Question

No Offer

Neutral Experience

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer

Interviewed at Blue Coat Systems

Interview Details – After applying online I received an email asking me about a phone interview. The interview was basically a screening interview asking me about my experience and behavioral questions. The questions were mostly based on my resume. I was asked to talk about the projects and challenges I faced etc. And how comfortable I am socially.

Interview Question – How socially comfortable are yoi   Answer Question

No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Engineering Interview

Bangalore (India)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Blue Coat Systems in September 2011.

Interview Details – first telephone then face to face interview scheduled,
with two persons

Interview Question – Perl program to find a palindrome   View Answer

No Offer

Negative Experience

Very Easy Interview

Tech Lead Interview

Tech Lead
Bangalore (India)

The process took 1 week - interviewed at Blue Coat Systems in November 2010.

Interview Details – Blue Coat approached me for a for a very senior technical position.

I had a phone interview with Blue Coat: It was a bunch of aptitude questions, like the bucket of water problem.

They called me back for an in-person interview.

The HR that was supposed to meet me was not there, they kept me waiting for an hour. I noticed very unprofessional behavior, like abusing fellow employees.

Finally one tech. guy in flip-flops shows up and asks questions while he works on his laptop.

The questions he asked ridiculous, and he looked like he was in pain: kept making ohh and ahh noises while he worked on his laptop. Never did he look straight at me.

Some of the more sane questions:

How do you determine a percentage!
Yes, the bucket of water question was asked again. These guys just love buckets don't they.

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