Blue Coat Systems Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Blue Coat Systems CEO Greg Clark
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Pros
  • Good work life balance, fairly transparent, good focus on innovation (in 9 reviews)

  • Incredibly smart people on every team (in 11 reviews)

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

  • No one wants to make a decision, it gets passed round like a hot potato (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong installed base of loyal customers. Great set of technologies especially in security and proxy. Solid company and place of work with a great culture, plus good salaries and benefits. Significant upside in the future if the company executes.

    Cons

    Like all companies of this size, some internal politics to deal with and challenges at times to get the resources desired. The later easily resolved if strong business case is presented.

    Advice to Management

    Continue focus and innovate around security, while balancing investment in adjacent technologies like visibility and acceleration.


  2. growing pains and mgmt shift

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexible work life balance
    kind people and supports teleworkers
    great technology
    hot in the security space

    Cons

    lack of vision or strategy
    poor leadership team who can make a decision
    individuals doing a role that dont have the right expertise

    Advice to Management

    get your act together....no strategy or vision set. Time to let the head of Sales go.


  3. The people made it the place it was....

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people and office moral; security product was top notch.

    Cons

    Changed CEOs and Executive Leadership countless times in a short span.


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  5. Fantastic company that is in the midst of making a BIG move within the security space.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are literally thousands of security companies in the market today but Blue Coat has been able to lift themselves above the fray with technologies that are relevant and impactful in the marketplace. With several recent acquisitions also by with traditional core Blue Coat products the company is able to offer a level of security to its customers that is unique within the current security environment.

    Blue Coat still maintains top Gartner recommendations and products are developed, built and tested with large engineering teams in the United States.

    The recent Bain acquisition has created additional excitement within the company and expectations are generally high.

    Management does an excellent job making efforts to create an enjoyable working environment. Employees in both the Sunnyvale and Utah offices enjoy good relationships and the overall environment is upbeat and positive.

    Cons

    No equity sharing plan for the rank and file currently. Difficult to get behind the vision of a new IPO without a compensation plan that provides employees with an equity stake in the company.

    The company can sometimes act larger than it actually is creating excessive red tape and gridlock that prevents the kind of rapid response that start ups enjoy.

    Annual salary increases based on performance are lackluster at best and almost non existent right now. Even with high performance reviews the company is offering very small compensation from increases.

    Advice to Management

    Roll out an aggressive equity sharing plan that will provide the correct incentive to motivate the entire company to achieve big things.

    Get more competitive with salaries in order to maintain and attract top talent.

    Communicate vision, provide regular company performance updates and continue to invest in your people. Resist the urge to be short sighted and help us create something special here.


  6. Marketing Team member

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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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Ability to make a difference.

    Cons

    Not enough people for the amount of work.

    Advice to Management

    set clear priorities to allow people to determine what they should not and should not spend time on


  7. Helpful (2)

    Exciting Stuff

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Draper, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Draper, UT

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has a great vision in terms of cloud computing. Our security products are fun and exciting to work on. Our office has a fantastic culture.The site activities are very fun, and the management team has a great attitude.

    Generally the company performs well.

    Cons

    Executives don't come around enough. Raises come slowly, with no other real opportunity for equity. When salaries increased in the region recently, our compensation didn't go up to match. It's easy to get a 25% increase at another company while Blue Coat gives you 3%. It's not all about money, because its fun - but at some point you gotta pay market value or lose good people.

    Advice to Management

    Take a serious look at current salaries and take action, so that people don't peek outside the door. The silicon slopes are very hot right now.
    Take value in the people you have, because you will pay what they are worth to replace them.


  8. engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    good place to work yeah

    Cons

    no downside as far as know

    Advice to Management

    my advise is do your best and chime on


  9. Great Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Glen Gardner, NJ
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Glen Gardner, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The best leading security company in the industry. Top products and solutions customers are buying/adopting today.

    Cons

    No real down side to working for Blue Coat. I have always been treated well and put in a position to succeed

    Advice to Management

    Focus on what works and change was isn't working. We have had positive change in the last year.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Was fun in the beginning...then things started changing.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The great, fun culture left with Brian Nesmith.

    Cons

    When Brian Nesmith stepped down, the culture started to change. New CEO, who only lasted 1 year, confusion on direction, bad attitudes. The replacement CEO lived in Australia and was so committed he was moving to the US ... that never happened.

    Advice to Management

    Be seen! Don't make empty promises.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Used to be a good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    Good cuture and people to work with

    Cons

    Sales compensation plan sucks since bought out by Thomas Bravo



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