Blue Coat Systems Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. The people made it the place it was....

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

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


  2. growing pains and mgmt shift

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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. Marketing Team member

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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


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  5. Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Glen Gardner, NJ
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Glen Gardner, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    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.


  6. Helpful (3)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Blue Coat has a good company culture, offers industry leading products and a great management team. Employees perform at a high level and are great to work with. Blue Coat employs excellent talent which has been critical to it's success. Top performers are recognized and rewarded. Opportunity for growth. Regular communications sent from executive leadership and there is a sense that everyone is driving to the same goal.

    Cons

    At times things can move slowly when working with other departments. There is not a lot of focus on training. Given Blue Coat is in a growth mode, there can be some changes You need to prepare to work through some disruption every now. If you're proactive person, these cons should not be much of an issue.

    Advice to Management

    In addition to company growth, keep focusing on the company culture and employee retention.


  8. Senior QA Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Draper, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Draper, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and direction. Excellent employees to work with. They are doing everything right so far.

    Cons

    Not a well known company yet.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the excellent culture. Keep doing what your already doing.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Used to be a good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good cuture and people to work with

    Cons

    Sales compensation plan sucks since bought out by Thomas Bravo


  10. Helpful (1)

    Decent place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to work from home. Great working conditions (snacks, drinks, company parties). Work on projects that help to make a difference in the world.

    Cons

    Very poor communication with management. Arbitrary security restrictions put into place which seem to offer no benefit, and greatly impact productivity.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so secretive! Let us know what's going on.


  11. No Vision

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

    Pros

    Only good for old players.

    Cons

    Company changing hands often. Public to private and to private again.



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