Blue Coat Systems Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Wonderful place to work

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    • 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employees, Team effort, Learning Opportunities, Career growth

    Cons

    Rumors about the company's future

  2. Helpful (2)

    Mostly a good place to work with some notable drawbacks

    • 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Since going private the company has been pretty stable in terms of job security. Bonuses have been good.

    The benefits are pretty good. Vacation/Sick time is especially good (the best I've seen) and I have never taken any flack for using it. There are a lot of company activities and lunches including frequent technical training talks.

    Work/life balance is good. I don't know many people that work a lot of overtime and schedules are flexible, at least on my team.

    My experience has been that people are treated like adults and not micro-managed.

    There are free drinks/snacks.

    Upper management seems to have a pretty good vision of how to keep the company growing.

    Cons

    They delayed merit increases by several months both of the last two cycles. The review process is de-motivational and managers are way too overloaded to pay any attention to career development. There is no clear path for advancement once you get to a senior level position. Performance ratings feel arbitrary with artificial limits placed on how many people can get higher ratings (which are tied to better bonuses now).

    The downside of all the fiscal discipline has been that there aren't enough people to get all the work done so most people wear multiple hats. They don't generally require overtime but there's always so many competing priorities that a lot of things get dropped or mismanaged simply because there's too much going on.

    They are implementing some really draconian security measures for engineering.

    This is a very much a top-down company. Individual innovation is not valued or appreciated very much in less it happens to be related to something sexy. The focus is entirely on implementing upper management's vision as quickly as possible.

    Advice to Management

    Stop messing with raises.
    Give people some breathing room to allow for more focused work and some bottom-up innovation.

  3. Helpful (1)

    All good things must come to an end. This wasn't one of them.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Location wasn't bad. Pretty flexible to working off site when the weather got nasty

    Cons

    Too many to list. No sense of urgency on the part of the hiring managers. Poor management at the local level and not a nice culture. Also lack of name recognition. Nobody knew who BlueCoat is, since it is a West Coast based company

    Advice to Management

    Treating people nicer and with respect would be a good place to start.

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  5. Leading technology, lots of opportunity

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

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

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

    Pros

    Technology: Cyber security is hot right now, Gartner rates them in the Magic Quadrant
    Benefits: Matching 401K, competitive salaries, company doing well so bonuses are excellent
    Other: Free snacks, drinks, bagels on Friday, lots of social activities with food served, however no in house cafeteria but lunches are subsidized.
    Culture : Hard working people, flexible working environment with lots of autonomy (but it depends on area you work in). Work life balance flexibility, feels like a small start company but with reasonable processes and systems in place.

    Cons

    -Owned by private equity company, no equity offered, starting to lose people to other companies who are. Management needs to do something.
    -Rumer's of being a potential acquisition target is causing some uncertainty with employees especially those who want to stay in a small company.

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider the no equity position especially if company is sold, unlikely the good people who do the work will still around if there are no retention incentives. Your people are being aggressively recruited (especially in the valley) do something about it.

  6. Great Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - QA Intern in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Intern - QA Intern in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people to work with and a flexible, comfortable, working environment

    Cons

    Have to have good knowledge in the field

  7. Great market space to work in; great people to work with

    • 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)

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

    Pros

    Blue Coat is challenging and rewarding as an employer. The culture is one of freedom to go as far and contribute as much as I'm willing to do. Yet there is sensible support for a balanced life.

    Cons

    Pulling in and retaining top talent is something the company can continue to improve on.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the passion for excellence; consider what it takes to invent your best talent

  8. Great Company with Good Leadership

    • 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 a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  9. 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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The friendly people and location

    Cons

    Not everyone receives the credit due to them

    Advice to Management

    promote within the company instead of looking for out side prospects

  10. Helpful (2)

    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

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems full-time (Less than a year)

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

    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 Management

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

  11. Excellent technologies and company

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Great environment, great technologies, nice place

    Cons

    Need more automation, need more road map

    Advice to Management

    none

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