Blue Coat Systems
2.9 of 5 123 reviews
www.bluecoat.com Sunnyvale, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Blue Coat Systems Reviews

Updated Mar 19, 2014
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2.9 123 reviews

                             

77% Approve of the CEO

Blue Coat Systems CEO Greg Clark

Greg Clark

(39 ratings)

42% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Lots of smart people with great personalities"
    in 9 reviews
  • "The company typically respects work-life balance"
    in 5 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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Leading technology, lots of opportunity

Senior Manager (Current Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time for less than a year

ProsTechnology: Cyber security is hot right now, Gartner rates them in the Magic Quadrant
Benefits: Matching 401K, competitive salaries, company doing well so bonuses are excellent
Other: Free snacks, drinks, bagels on Friday, lots of social activities with food served, however no in house cafeteria but lunches are subsidized.
Culture : Hard working people, flexible working environment with lots of autonomy (but it depends on area you work in). Work life balance flexibility, feels like a small start company but with reasonable processes and systems in place.

Cons-Owned by private equity company, no equity offered, starting to lose people to other companies who are. Management needs to do something.
-Rumer's of being a potential acquisition target is causing some uncertainty with employees especially those who want to stay in a small company.

Advice to Senior ManagementReconsider the no equity position especially if company is sold, unlikely the good people who do the work will still around if there are no retention incentives. Your people are being aggressively recruited (especially in the valley) do something about it.

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

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Great Experience

QA Intern (Former Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA

I worked at Blue Coat Systems as an intern for less than a year

ProsGreat people to work with and a flexible, comfortable, working environment

ConsHave to have good knowledge in the field

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great market space to work in; great people to work with

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsBlue Coat is challenging and rewarding as an employer. The culture is one of freedom to go as far and contribute as much as I'm willing to do. Yet there is sensible support for a balanced life.

ConsPulling in and retaining top talent is something the company can continue to improve on.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the passion for excellence; consider what it takes to invent your best talent

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

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Great Company with Good Leadership

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsBlue Coat has some great technologies that they have built and acquired allowing them to be very relevant in the security space. There seems to be a lot of room for growth, the leadership team is very competent, and generally speaking they have great people.

ConsNo employee stock options, owned by a private equity firm so future is still up in the air.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to develop and invest in your people. The industry is very competitive and the highly skilled people we now have we need to make every effort to keep.

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Fun and exciting

Star Skilled Employee (Current Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

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

ProsThe friendly people and location

ConsNot everyone receives the credit due to them

Advice to Senior Managementpromote within the company instead of looking for out side prospects

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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stay away

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

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

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

ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementDon't fire engineers or other employees because you made poor business decisions.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Small company trying to go big

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time

ProsHas great potential to make it big. Future focus in security technology looks great.

ConsNo employee stock benefits; employees get nothing if company does well from stock perspective. Talented employees leaving; it will be hard to execute if the employees are not motivated.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe company will succeed only if the company is willing to share its wealth among employees and have them work hard to get the company to the next level. Check out Silicon Valley Startup benefits.

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Excellent technologies and company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time

ProsGreat environment, great technologies, nice place

ConsNeed more automation, need more road map

Advice to Senior Managementnone

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

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Fantastic!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Blue Coat Systems

ProsGreat vision, leadership is motivating and enables organic growth through proper enablement.

ConsWork-life balance can sometimes be challenging, especially for those in the field, benefits enjoyed by employees at the corporate location are different than in other locations.

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

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Positive Leadership - Solid Product Direction

Senior Product Manager (Current Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

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

ProsLeadership at top level has great vision and is motivating. Leadership in PM organization enables success and growth

ConsI have no negative comments at this time

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it going

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

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