Blue Coat Systems

www.bluecoat.com
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Politics run rampant at this company.

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    Former Contractor - Sales Comp in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Contractor - Sales Comp in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Good Holiday Party at Xmas

    Cons

    Employees not friendly and don't even say Hi if pass you by in hall way or in elevator. Everyone just kept to themselves like they're afraid to socialize with anyone. Lots of politics and backstabbing. People are hired not based on their skill set but based on who they knew at the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the culture and morale of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company, friendly people, great technology

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    A company on the rise, with a global reach but small enough to feel noticed, with a very friendly, casual culture. The products are integral to where the internet is going. A genuine sense of camaraderie prevails.

    Cons

    It's an hour away from where I live!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps support a bit more working remotely...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    New to company and really enjoy coming to work. Everyone has the perfect attitude and culture. Awesome strategy!

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    Current Employee - Senior Director
    Current Employee - Senior Director

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

    Pros

    New via acquisition, company has great strategy and leadership is as engaged as I have ever seen in 20+ years in business.

    Cons

    Some legacy product tension as new strategy unfolds.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up great work! People are noticing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worse company I've ever worked for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Office isn't too far from a golf range.

    Cons

    Senior management, including the CEO, VP's of Finance, Marketing, Engineering are clearly less than competent and cronyism is rampant. The culture is one of rule by-fear.

    Strangely, HR management seems to encourage cutthroat behaviour at all levels. There is no trust and no integrity at the senior management level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    great place to learn and interact

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    Former Employee - Sales in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Worked on a great team - learned so much about what makes great teams flourish and thrive.

    Cons

    On the larger side so difficult to get recognition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very professional and slightly impersonal.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay away!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    it's a paycheck, but you'll work hard to get it. Do you like working 6 or 7 days a week? It's better than digging ditches.

    Cons

    Minimal benefits, no stock options or ESPP.
    There is no life - work balance.
    There's a difference in being owned by private venture capitalists and a "private company". And it's not a good difference. Beware.
    Management rules by fear and seems to think employees re expendable commodities. The attrition rate at the company is unbelievable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that your employees are not commodities to be easily replaced.
    Stop ruling by fear and expecting employees to be happy with that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Puts food on the table, if not much else

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrative in Draper, UT
    Current Employee - Systems Administrative in Draper, UT

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

    Pros

    Good healthcare, although each year they cut it back a little. They provide food often on fridays and it is an okay place to work. You know whats expected and what to expect.

    Cons

    Since they were bought out things are gradually slipping down. I interviewed and was hired for an IT administrator position but now only do office administrative work and hardly actually touch a computer which is detrimental to my career growth. Cut backs yearly to benefits and somewhat esoteric and counterproductive systems are used. Plus pay isn't great and there is not a lot of negotiation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually specify and be honest about what job postings are for and don't require college degrees and programming experience to be able to order a replacement hard drive over the phone.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    HR Leadership Not Professional

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    Fair compensation; some good leaders

    Cons

    HR Leadership is a joke. Gossip all day, no work, then brown-nose. Are you kidding me?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house in HR.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    My experience was tumultuous. The company went from public to private and I had 4 different Directors in one year.

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    Former Employee - Federal Certifications Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Federal Certifications Program Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    I knew people I had worked with from previous work experiences. My first Director was awesome but she left. I loved the work as this was in my area of expertise and I got to travel and speak on the company's behalf and make a difference in sales to the government and military sectors.

    Cons

    Company is not focused, has too many changeovers, did not understand my role and how it could impact their business. This was a new position and had I experiences consistency in product and program managers, and able to ensure the understanding of their release cycle and the importance of building security into the development processes, it could have been much better and they would be better placed for strategic sales. Too many people interfered and without solid direction, they are not going to achieve what is necessary to grow this sales area, on a global basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out and talk to your salespeople, understand the Federal market and what it takes just to have the opportunity to do business. Stop living in your glass houses and communicate the direction of where the company is going to your resources because silence causes unrest, insecurity and confusion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Stay far away from here

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Not many pros of working at Bluecoat
    Some very talented engineers and support engineers.
    Established Product Line and Federal Customers

    Cons

    No job security...Cut Throat Management..."Culture of Fear"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat individuals with respect and promote career growth and employees will work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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