Blue Coat Systems Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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Pros
  • Good work life balance, fairly transparent, good focus on innovation (in 9 reviews)

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

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

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

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  1. Featured Review

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time

    Pros

    Blue Coat has a great culture and a great product portfolio to match. We offer an industry leading combination of security solutions. Relating to the work environment, has very good work-life balance, supports telecommuting where possible. Everyone really seems to work at a consistently high level.

    Cons

    Perhaps more organizational change than necessary. Appears to be major changes with each new fiscal year - relating to sales structure anyhow - but with growth this strong I think it is to be expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think it is time to introduce stock-based compensation to the overall structure. Need to focus on retaining talent as we continue to grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Never a dull moment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Dynamic environment, growing fast, and in the right markets. Over the last few years, Blue Coat has been making smart moves to participate in that growth. Very good prospects for the future, and firmly on track for an IPO in the relatively near-term. Generally, good work/life balance and a flexible work environment.

    Cons

    Since Private Equity ownership, very limited equity opportunities for most employees. According to management, this will get better as the new owners (Bain) prepare Blue Coat for IPO that will benefit the average employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are listening closely, so choose words carefully, and follow through on promises.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. I have been working at Blue Coat for over 18 months.

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    Current Employee - California in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - California in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    Fast moving company and culture (relative to the larger, security vendors), Friendly and enthusiastic environment; Plenty of opportunity for training, growth, experience; A growing leader in a hot, exciting industry; New management brings in positive, enthusiastic life and drive within the company

    Cons

    Still has to evolve some Sales, Ops and Development processes and procedures to be more effective; Needs to amplify its value prop more WW; Better enablment of the sales force and channels is required, esp. due to the increasing number of products/product; Needs to be more aggressive against competitors in marketing and sales

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider spot bonuses - even small ones of cash/gift cards, etc - for successfully completed key projects and deliverables to boost morale and drive employee recognition. Right now, only a few employees are recognized in Quarterly All Hands meetings. Recognition and reward can and should take place outside of these meetings as well...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. It was a very good experience with very good people

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    Former Contractor - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Lot of scope to grow. Really smart people to work with. People focus on success of project over politics.

    Cons

    They need to give priority to work life balance. Salary is not compared to market

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Blue Coat is an awesome company to work for

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Remote, OR
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Remote, OR

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

    Pros

    Supportive Management Team
    Team-working environment
    Drive to Succeed
    Immediate Benefits
    Great Vacation time
    401K Plan

    Cons

    Lack of Diversity in Medical Benefits
    No option for a Pension Plan

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep Doing what you're doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Miserable Company.

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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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Free lunch some days, great employees

    Cons

    Unprofessional Management team. Fear mongering is the style of senior management. No work-life balance, expected to work 60+hrs a week. Ever changing priorities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just sell the company and Leave!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Nice place to work where every day you can make an impact.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    Path for growth
    Bright individuals
    Good recognition and bonus structure
    Good work/life balance although very hardworking

    Cons

    No onsite cafe
    No employee ownership

    Recommends
  9. Cool & Nice to work for !

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Draper, UT
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Draper, UT

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

    Pros

    good benefits
    good work balance
    nice environment
    realistic targets

    Cons

    technically stuck in the past
    experienced person has nothing to learn here
    zero visibility - all top-down communication events are hollow
    career stopper

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I like it as it is and my advice is "Change nothing!" However this may bite back. A very dynamic competition is growing out there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Timely investments in the Cyber Security industry.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    Agressive hiring, getting best of the best. Attracting top talent in the industry. Loyal customer install base with relevant new products and solution set. Pay very well with upside potential career and $ wise.

    Cons

    It is a fast pace environment and getting faster. Some not able to keep that pace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep moving forward, preserving best talent and keeping door open for creativity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Great place for people who take responsibility

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    BC works hard to create a culture of personal responsibility and teamwork at the same time. I have a lot of freedom in how I do my job, and my team, management, peers and employees are excellent at helping each other however possible. Management does not seem as interested in their personal perks and position as I have seen at other companies - they all work hard.

    Cons

    High paced environment with emphasis on success can sometimes be a bit much, but it is time pressure, not a heavy attitude from management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working and don't fall into the trap of looking for personal perks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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