Blue Coat Systems

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Blue Coat Systems Reviews

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
134 Reviews

3.4
134 Reviews
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Blue Coat Systems CEO Greg Clark
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance, fairly transparent, good focus on innovation (in 8 reviews)

  • Great talent and smart people work here (in 11 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Company with Good Leadership

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

    Pros

    Blue 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.

    Cons

    No employee stock options, owned by a private equity firm so future is still up in the air.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue 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.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fun and exciting

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

    Pros

    The friendly people and location

    Cons

    Not everyone receives the credit due to them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote within the company instead of looking for out side prospects

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    stay away

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    Don't fire engineers or other employees because you made poor business decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent technologies and company

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

    Pros

    Great environment, great technologies, nice place

    Cons

    Need more automation, need more road map

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fantastic!

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Work-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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Small company trying to go big

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Positive Leadership - Solid Product Direction

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    I have no negative comments at this time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it going

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Solid Company

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

    Pros

    Solid financial backing, decent benefits

    Cons

    Obsessed with security - to the point of paranoia

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    A culture of taking care of employees and compensating them well

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Engineer  in  Draper, UT
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Draper, UT

    Pros

    Local management looks after their employees
    The benefits are fair
    It is a jeans and t-shirt environment
    Employees work hard and play hard
    There is a fitness room with weights, an elliptical, treadmill, etc

    Cons

    Fires have to be continually put out
    Required communication to do the job correctly is not always shared
    Firewalls deployed continually cause major outages
    Too much work for one person
    Finally the company is doing better than ever and yet they are continually downsizing and expecting personnel to do more with less. Furthermore depending on the group they eliminate the senior personnel and leave an an experienced junior engineer to fill in the gaps.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Protect your people and your talent
    When issues arise show transparency rather than blindsiding employees with additional job expectations or unrealistic expectations
    Back your managers and team leads when they communicate that they need more people to do the job or need to retain the talent they currently have

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT is Hopeless

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    No Offshore.
    Covered Parking
    9 - 5 mostly
    Good Pay

    Cons

    Everything else. No collaboration. It is a top down approach.
    Very small IT team with no proper direction. No planning on projects. All the work is Ad Hoc.

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