Blue Coat Systems Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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Pros
  • Good work life balance, fairly transparent, good focus on innovation (in 9 reviews)

  • Incredibly smart people on every team (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • There is no work-life balance unless you are an engineer (in 3 reviews)

  • No one wants to make a decision, it gets passed round like a hot potato (in 3 reviews)

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  1. think some more

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Support Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Management tells you what you want to hear but doesn't follow through

    Cons

    Company does not promote within, does not keep company up to date with important news

    Advice to Management

    Don't roll out programs and branding when the management and teams do not take ownership themselves


  2. No Vision

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    Only good for old players.

    Cons

    Company changing hands often. Public to private and to private again.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Mismanaged and technically behind the times

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary, mellow work environment

    Cons

    Lacking solid technical leadership but don't know it

    Advice to Management

    go home


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Had No Life At This Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Order Services in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Order Services in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They feed you very well when days are very busy, so you can work through your lunch. This company offers great benefits.

    Cons

    No room for growth with this company. Very high layoff rate. Very cutthroat. They expect you to work 14 hours days. Had to wait 6 months before receiving overtime pay.

    Advice to Management

    Too aggressive. No empathy for there employess. Very dishonest.


  6. Helpful (1)

    All good things must come to an end. This wasn't one of them.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Location wasn't bad. Pretty flexible to working off site when the weather got nasty

    Cons

    Too many to list. No sense of urgency on the part of the hiring managers. Poor management at the local level and not a nice culture. Also lack of name recognition. Nobody knew who BlueCoat is, since it is a West Coast based company

    Advice to Management

    Treating people nicer and with respect would be a good place to start.


  7. Helpful (2)

    IT is Hopeless

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    No Offshore. Covered Parking 9 - 5 mostly Good Pay

    Cons

    Everything else. No collaboration. It is a top down approach. Very small IT team with no proper direction. No planning on projects. All the work is Ad Hoc.


  8. Helpful (3)

    CrCrappy little company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You like chaos. You thrive on office politics. You hate competence. They pay well. Worked with talented people albeit direct co-workers were not among them.

    Cons

    A lot of nonsense on a daily basis. Constant interoffice politics and changes in direction based on who's connected to whom, not what's best for the customer.

    Advice to Management

    Hara kiri.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Politics run rampant at this company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Sales Comp in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Contractor - Sales Comp in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good Holiday Party at Xmas

    Cons

    Employees not friendly and don't even say Hi if pass you by in hall way or in elevator. Everyone just kept to themselves like they're afraid to socialize with anyone. Lots of politics and backstabbing. People are hired not based on their skill set but based on who they knew at the company.

    Advice to Management

    Change the culture and morale of the company.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Stay away!

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    it's a paycheck, but you'll work hard to get it. Do you like working 6 or 7 days a week? It's better than digging ditches.

    Cons

    Minimal benefits, no stock options or ESPP. There is no life - work balance. There's a difference in being owned by private venture capitalists and a "private company". And it's not a good difference. Beware. Management rules by fear and seems to think employees re expendable commodities. The attrition rate at the company is unbelievable.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that your employees are not commodities to be easily replaced. Stop ruling by fear and expecting employees to be happy with that.


  11. Helpful (6)

    Stay far away from here

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Not many pros of working at Bluecoat Some very talented engineers and support engineers. Established Product Line and Federal Customers

    Cons

    No job security...Cut Throat Management..."Culture of Fear"

    Advice to Management

    Treat individuals with respect and promote career growth and employees will work



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