Blue Coat Systems

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Blue Coat Systems Reviews

Updated February 13, 2015
Updated February 13, 2015
164 Reviews
3.7
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Review Highlights

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

     

    Best place I've ever worked!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    Blue Coat has been going through a lot of changes over the last several years. While some of them haven't been great, the company remains an amazing place to work.
    Blue Coat's leadership fosters a great environment for furthering yourself, your abilities and skills, and your career.
    We are growing very quickly, and while that can be challenging to keep up with, I see this as an overall pro...

    Cons

    You have to reach out to get what you want. Nothing comes on a silver platter, so you do need to be proactive about getting the training and other needs for your career.
    Things are changing very quickly at Blue Coat, right now. These changes aren't always smooth, but management is doing a good job at minimizing the impact on employees. If you're proactive about maintaining your skills, training, and career, this won't be a con, but if you're the kind of person who just sits around, waiting for someone to tell you what to do, you won't thrive in this environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Blue Coat's values are amazing and everyone who works for the company needs to be customer focused to be successful. Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Blue Coat is an awesome company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Nice place to work where every day you can make an impact.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Great place for people who take responsibility

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    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
  6.  

    Timely investments in the Cyber Security industry.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Cool & Nice to work for !

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Flexibility allows for a better work/life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    The flexibility and the ability to work remotely allows me to have a better work-life balance. The ever changing environment provides challenges and prevents boredom.
    Most employees are smart and fun to work with and passionate about what they do.

    Cons

    Too many people in management positions and not enough people actually doing the work. Always challenged with lack of resources.
    Not a whole lot of career growth available for my position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bonus structure could be a little more balanced.
    Although this has gotten better over the years, there still seems to be a lot of management turnover.
    Some of the management makes unreasonable decisions that puts a lot of extra work on the already overworked employees. Management makes solution decisions without considering requirements and integration.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Tech Opportunity

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

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    I enjoy the diversity of technologies that are used in my job. I can see my work go from design to implementation, with all of the steps in-between. The culture is casual, so you can be true to yourself. The benefits are great, and comparable to high-end tech companies. You can be involved with tech talks, trainings, etc - if you have something to share, you can do it here. Cross-functional work is a reality as well.

    Cons

    Public transportation is not as accessible, but the location is still very good. If you're not accustomed to change, you may be unsettled with the demands of flexible schedules, requirements, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to foster transparency and insights into the company vision - short and long term.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Not too big, not too small

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

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Blue Coat's size is not too big so
    - although Blue Coat is around the globe, you have a chance to know most people and gain a real sense of community
    - your contribution really matters which is very rewarding
    - you have many opportunities to adjust your position in term or responsibilities and visibility

    Not too small so there is some comfort in the everyday life in term of equipment, office space, food, benefits, security, etc.

    Cons

    There's no electrical plugs in the HQ parking lot :-)
    That's a detail that will be taken care of soon I'm sure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work!

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

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    Great work and family balance. Very family oriented and care about you and your family. Compensated fairly with achievable quotas.

    Cons

    Some of the processes and data is not where it needs to be but it is increasing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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