Blue Coat Systems
3.0 of 5 132 reviews
www.bluecoat.com Sunnyvale, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Blue Coat Systems Reviews

Updated Jul 3, 2014
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Blue Coat Systems CEO Greg Clark

Greg Clark

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44% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    A Company Full of Redwoods

    Senior Staff Software Development Engineer (Current Employee)
    Draper, UT

    ProsThere's a lot of really smart, talented, and dedicated people working at Blue Coat. Most of them are easy to approach and willing to offer help when asked. There's opportunity to grow professionally, bringing one's skills to new levels. Dress is casual, which is a huge plus. You can usually work from home part of the week. Base salary plus bonus brings one's annual pay to far more than you could get anywhere else in the valley. I would dare say it is THE top paying company when it comes to compensating their engineers. The company has an excellent culture, with an in-house, company supplied bar, tech talks, frequent company provided lunches, a free snack and soda supplied break room, several wall mounted TVs scattered around the office, a beautiful view of the valley, opportunities to engage in community projects, company outdoor BBQs 2-3 times in the summer.

    ConsSince they pay for the best and brightest, there is no hand-holding. The onboarding is basically non-existent; you're just expected to come up to speed quickly and on your own. If you need help, it's up to you ask someone for it. When you come on board, your work environment isn't set up for you; you request the machines you need and set them up yourself. The projects can seem to use a methodology somewhere between Agile and Cowboy coding. You can alternate between too much to do and too little to do (during code freeze and waiting for the OK to release). As a new employee, it can seem like a fraternity, trying to prove yourself worthy of the respect you deserve for your years of experience. In other words, there's a tendency to not trust the new guy until he proves himself, rather than vice versa.

    Advice to Senior ManagementScrap the ridiculous idea of team building through "Storming and Norming...", which often leads to simply the most vocal and fanatical getting their way. You decide who is best to make the decision on certain things and put them in charge of it. Don't just throw the team together and let them work that out.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Happy to come to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood communication throughout the company. Recognition given for a job well done. Management encourages to leave your computer at home when you go on vacation.

    ConsBeing a global company, sometimes you need to have calls at odd times but that seems to be the new normal.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep listening to the employees. A happy employee is a productive employee.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company, friendly people, great technology

    Senior Technical Writer (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsA company on the rise, with a global reach but small enough to feel noticed, with a very friendly, casual culture. The products are integral to where the internet is going. A genuine sense of camaraderie prevails.

    ConsIt's an hour away from where I live!

    Advice to Senior ManagementPerhaps support a bit more working remotely...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    New to company and really enjoy coming to work. Everyone has the perfect attitude and culture. Awesome strategy!

    Senior Director (Current Employee)

    ProsNew via acquisition, company has great strategy and leadership is as engaged as I have ever seen in 20+ years in business.

    ConsSome legacy product tension as new strategy unfolds.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up great work! People are noticing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Solving challenging problems in Internet security

    Software Architect (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsThe great thing about working at Blue Coat is the unique combination of problems / skills we get to work on. Blue Coat is working in application level network security, which means gaining a deep understanding of web-based protocols and even individual web sites and applications.

    There is also a long history of performance and acceleration work at Blue Coat which layers on another completely different set of technologies and skills.

    Finally, we use a custom-built OS which has its own unique learning opportunities.

    ConsWithout a doubt we have come through some challenges in recent months.

    Since February there has been a nearly complete "change of guard" at the highest levels in the company, and while the new management has laid out their vision and strategy for the company, there is still a little bit of a feeling that we are adrift.

    There has been a lot of turnover at all levels and that has left some areas pretty short-staffed. We have a lot of open positions right now and we need to fill those so we don't feel like we are trying to do too much.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo a better job of communicating the overall strategy for the company and how individual people and teams fit into that. Part of this probably means being more focused and don't try to do too much.

    Do everything possible to replace open positions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsMost people are friendly and approachable. Good balance of work and balance. PTO is generous for those who have been there for a while. PTO policy is flexible.

    ConsThere are not a lot of growth opportunities within Blue Coat. Management is very good at recognizing you for hard work but not that good at rewarding you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward your top talent with a raise occasionally. It will help with morale and talent retention.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a perfect company, but you can tell that it's trying to become one

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros1. Big enough for some stability, small enough that your contributions are important and valued.
    2. Lots of very smart people.
    3. Less "politics" than you might expect for a company of this size and type.
    4. Excellent access to decision makers.
    5. The leadership wants to grow the company, not just find a way to get rich and get out.

    Cons1. Some groups are understaffed and overworked.
    2. Sometimes good talent is allowed to walk out the door, perhaps due to over-stretched middle management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOverall, an excellent company with good prospects for growth. I'd encourage management to deploy better technological and collaboration infrastructure: some current processes and systems aren't scalable and result in wasted time and lost opportunities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Mostly a great place to work

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsBlue Coat has been very generous as a company toward employees. It is also eco-minded (and not just lip service either...very visible actions taken). There are many opportunities to grow professionally (ongoing training and cross-training is encouraged) and to learn and create innovative and cutting-edge technologies.

    ConsRecent lay-offs involved losing some of the brightest talent at Blue Coat, which may have been short-sighted. Also, many of the long-term goals seem to shift more than would be expected.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI recommend taking time to truly see who is working for you when determining any future restructuring. Please continue to treat your employees as well as you have been on the whole. Also try not to lose that "small company" feel that is part of the appeal of Blue Coat.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Awesome company

    Senior Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
    Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    ProsBest technology in the market
    Best innovative persons

    ConsCareer opportunities up in the company are not many

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The company has really improved

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee)
    Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsReally great management team since we were taken private
    Much more focused on the solutions rather than discrete features
    Lots of smart people with great personalities
    Working on the some really cool technology
    Very exciting market to be in
    Fantastic financial results in the past 12 months

    We went through a very difficult transition in late 2011 through mid 2012. Things have really improved since with stability, morale and new energy

    ConsThere is more work than people. Too bad we can't hire more people to address some of the great opportunities in this market space
    Sometimes we don't spend enough time prioritizing the really important work and it is hard to know if you are working on the most important thing

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe had so many re-organizations from 2010 to 2012. Things have finally stabilized over the past 9-12 months which has greatly improved things.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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