Blue Coat Systems

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Blue Coat Systems Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
142 Reviews
3.4
142 Reviews
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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.  

    Bad

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Laborer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Laborer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of overtime over the summer

    Cons

    Working environment was very bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to higher better workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Friendly environment; very supportive team members

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Co-Op Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Co-Op Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Team members were always around you, so don't be afraid to ask for help.
    Very friendly people all around.
    Decent number of co-ops and former co-ops allows time to make friends while you gain experience.

    Although they do not usually provide meals, special occasion such as holidays will prompt a feast. There's birthday celebrations each month ("just cake"). There's a plenty of snacks and drinks all the time.

    Cons

    There are a bit too much legacy support which seems to slow down the attempted agile working environment the management is trying to push for.

    Sometimes, not enough trust is placed in co-ops and they are stuck with less interesting tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to test the co-ops - they love a good challenge. Boring them is the best way to get them to never come back.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Software engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent company with nice benefits, friendly HR and management. Senior engineers and leads train junior employees and also help grow. Work is challenging

    Cons

    work life balance needs to be improved. Compensation is very less. they gave like 2-3% hike. Management takes lot of time closing and opening offshore development centers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great people and very good work/life balance.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good and solid company with lots of fortune 500 customers. Flexible work hours and fair compensation. Free lunches twice a week.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up the ranks without a senior manager as mentor. Information distribution needs lot of improvements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more visible to your employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Social Culture, Free Food, Good Vacation, Good Salary, Opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    Poor top level management at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparent strategy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company, nice people

    Current Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fairly small company but making large project

    Cons

    So much legacy code to fix. Some of them are very ugly.

  8.  

    Great employer innovating in the explosive Security market.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Blue Coat has a great work/life balance and a fun office environment. Collaboration is often open and the company is always innovating.

    Cons

    Salary increases are rare and the company is privately owned so there are no stock options. Communication is sometimes lacking between employees and upper managements, and some departments are heavily understaffed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on hiring employees where they're needed in R&D. Continue to work on improving development and release processes. Salary increases need to be more frequent and more than a cost of living increase for top performers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company, Great Products, Great Culture, Great Benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Blue Coat has established a great work culture and a lineup of great products to work on. The pay is great and the projects we get to work on are fun and make a difference. Food, drinks, and snacks are frequently provided. They allocate lots of money towards employees.

    Cons

    Because the company is large, sometimes it takes a long time to roll out new code and get decisions made about changes that need to be made.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good People but problems at the top

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Lots of good people in the Waterloo office, good salaries. A good development environment with excellent backup in the QA department. Lots of decent social activities. Vacation was OK. benefits were good.

    Cons

    Sr. Leadership kept changing focus. Re-orgs didn't help especially when done every 6 months. Managers get trapped trying to back plans they know will change. A lack of vision from VPs really doesn't help. Infighting between different sites and ever shifting responsibilities make passion hard to come by.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    when it comes to values, actions speak louder than words

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    new addition to the break room, infused water

    Cons

    trust & respect are anything but part of Blue Coat values. I am aware of at least three instances where they did not even honor the terms of the job offer. No matter how strong the case against the manager is, HR always sides with the manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to cut on office politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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