Blue Coat Systems Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. 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

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

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    IT is Hopeless

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems

    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.

  3. 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

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

    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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    CrCrappy little company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    You like chaos. You thrive on office politics. You hate competence. They pay well. Worked with talented people albeit direct co-workers were not among them.

    Cons

    A lot of nonsense on a daily basis. Constant interoffice politics and changes in direction based on who's connected to whom, not what's best for the customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hara kiri.

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

    Happy to come to work.

    • 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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good communication throughout the company. Recognition given for a job well done. Management encourages to leave your computer at home when you go on vacation.

    Cons

    Being a global company, sometimes you need to have calls at odd times but that seems to be the new normal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening to the employees. A happy employee is a productive employee.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Politics run rampant at this company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. Great company, friendly people, great technology

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. New to company and really enjoy coming to work. Everyone has the perfect attitude and culture. Awesome strategy!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10. 3 people found this helpful

    Worse company I've ever worked for

    • 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)

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    great place to learn and interact

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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