Blue Coat Systems Reviews

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
135 Reviews

3.5
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance, fairly transparent, good focus on innovation (in 8 reviews)

  • Great talent and smart people work here (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management, especially the President/COO, are shady (in 7 reviews)

  • Deceptiveness from senior / middle management (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    when it comes to values, actions speak louder than words

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    new addition to the break room, infused water

    Cons

    trust & respect are anything but part of Blue Coat values. I am aware of at least three instances where they did not even honor the terms of the job offer. No matter how strong the case against the manager is, HR always sides with the manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to cut on office politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    stay away

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You'll get a paycheck.
    Many people, below the executive level, are very friendly.

    Cons

    Management is all over the place in mindset and they appear to take things personally.
    It's a business, not a place for your friends and cronies.
    Benefits are mediocre.
    Some corporate administration functions are amaturish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't fire engineers or other employees because you made poor business decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worse company I've ever worked for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Office isn't too far from a golf range.

    Cons

    Senior management, including the CEO, VP's of Finance, Marketing, Engineering are clearly less than competent and cronyism is rampant. The culture is one of rule by-fear.

    Strangely, HR management seems to encourage cutthroat behaviour at all levels. There is no trust and no integrity at the senior management level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    HR Leadership Not Professional

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    Fair compensation; some good leaders

    Cons

    HR Leadership is a joke. Gossip all day, no work, then brown-nose. Are you kidding me?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house in HR.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    eaten alive by internal politics, poor focus and execution

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    BlueCoat had a great market foothold with their one-box solution, and it's possible they'll retain enough of that edge while they retool their product line.

    Cons

    BlueCoat squandered their market position by continually shuffling their engineering presence across geographies due to an inability to acknowledge and resolve internal political disputes that eventually strangled their technology advantage. Going private and attempting to rebuild their product from scratch didn't resolve or minimize this crippling issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either shut down the Sunnyvale engineering presence, or the Waterloo engineering presence. There is too much bad blood between those geographies to ever get the productivity necessary to justify having them both. Middle management has never been upwardly honest about the realities of how bad the situation actually is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    bluecoat used to be a good company, but it's business start to go down since year 2011

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good to start vendor career there, as it has big install base to give you enough exposure and create your own customer relationship at vendor level

    Cons

    Company has no much innovations, several laid off, company is cutting budget, and being privatized by VC. Rumours in the industry is it will be several more rounds of laid off and sold out to some big giants ultimately

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if you have better choice, don't choose blue coat

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Management by fear

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    Current Employee - Marketing Communications  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    Fair pay, free snacks, some smart people who try hard

    Cons

    Leaders manage by fear, are disrespectful and if you voice an opposing opinion you will be fired. If you keep your head down, stroke the ego of the CMO then you may be able to keep your job. There is little to no communication in marketing from the leader and no clear vision of where the marketing organization is going. I joined Blue Coat to make a difference and sadly the only difference I can make is to leave. Blue Coat was once a good company but based on the recent marketing leadership hire it is clear the executives do not understand the value marketing could provide. Stay away!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize and admit the mistake you made by hiring the new CMO and get rid of him before he causes any more damage. Clearly a guy who cares more about his (awful) hair than the company can only cause damage!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    Good products with a good reputation though very little new products in the pipeline. Good channel program though the lack of new products is hurting. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Very poor leadership starting at the top. In my 12 months I saw 10+ managers from the Western Region leave, some were let go though most left......I had 3 mgrs during my 12 month stay. And the Sr. Management team is still there (they now have a new CEO) so the common denominator is Sr. Mgt. Until they change I would stay away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the new CEO, you really need to ask, why is everyone leaving? Why do you have such high turnover in both field reps and field managers? Why is the moral so low? Answer, Sr. Mgt. which has not changed in the past 2 yrs. They have their head in the sand!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Glad to not be there anymore.....

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    Former Employee - Program Management  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Program Management in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    Location in Silicon Valley is convenient.
    You can work from home.

    Cons

    You will be miserable here in a very short time. The environment is chaotic, highly political, unprofessional, confrontational, disfunctional....

    If you are unexperienced, then you may be able to cope. If you have been around and worked at good companies before, you will not like this kind of company. .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CEO went to the Mktg dept and fired almost the entire group. This is how you do things. No reason, strategy, long term view, or realization for the impact of your poor decisions. In 2 years, you have lost top key talent (VP HR, SVP Mktg, CFO, CIO, VP Product Mktg, VP Prog Mgmt, SVP Engr, VP Mkt OPS, VP Sales, VP Engr...and the list goes on and on). I would suggest to the board that the entire executive staff is let go and new blood is brought in with better judgement skills for running a successful company (people+technology).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    65% turnover in first year...and for a reason

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    Former Employee - Senior Director  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    You can work from home anytime you want. They really don't care if you are there in person or not.

    Cons

    This place is aweful. Avoid working there if you can. They manage by fear, have a culture of distrust, the leadership is highly incompetent, and there is no clear direction/vision for where they want to be 3-5 years from now. Most people don't last in this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave....you don't have what it takes to grow the company further and certainly lack the leadership necessary to make it to $1B.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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