Blue Coat Systems Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
135 Reviews

3.5
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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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  1.  

    Challenging at times.

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    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    -Really good communication between escalation staff for technical issues
    -Some very smart developers
    -Product is enjoyable to work with although challenging

    Cons

    -Since product is challenging it requires excellent DOC which is not always there
    -No clear path of where the company is going due to re-orgs
    -Sometimes we hear one thing and something else different happens

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Nobody keeps you here, you are free to leave

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    Stable and profitable.
    Provides good working environment.
    Reasonable benefits.
    If your life is about enterprise type of products, network security and bandwidth optimization - this is for you then!

    Cons

    Management shuffles business units and employees between them. If you work for years on the product, know your code upside down, invested personal energy and passion into it - prepare to loose all of it as company will take it away from you in a year or two. Just to kick you out of your comfort zone. Due to a business need, of course. You don't like it - you free to go.
    Strong executive authoritative vertical.
    Target customers are not a consumer market: you have to love enterprises and corporate America.
    Politics: you can't move your finger without it. You have to know rules of game.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no trust in management: any talk shall be filtered. Treating engineers as their opinion is nothing does not add value in development and production.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Management by fear

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    Current Employee - Marketing Communications  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    Fair pay, free snacks, some smart people who try hard

    Cons

    Leaders manage by fear, are disrespectful and if you voice an opposing opinion you will be fired. If you keep your head down, stroke the ego of the CMO then you may be able to keep your job. There is little to no communication in marketing from the leader and no clear vision of where the marketing organization is going. I joined Blue Coat to make a difference and sadly the only difference I can make is to leave. Blue Coat was once a good company but based on the recent marketing leadership hire it is clear the executives do not understand the value marketing could provide. Stay away!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize and admit the mistake you made by hiring the new CMO and get rid of him before he causes any more damage. Clearly a guy who cares more about his (awful) hair than the company can only cause damage!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Place to be

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    - Fast pace environment
    - Nice people
    - Helpful too

    Cons

    - Too much politics and grouping
    - Difficult to survive
    - Favoritism

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

    we could be better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    the technology we work on and the engineering team competence

    Cons

    fire drill management all the time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need new operational exec management

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    Good products with a good reputation though very little new products in the pipeline. Good channel program though the lack of new products is hurting. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Very poor leadership starting at the top. In my 12 months I saw 10+ managers from the Western Region leave, some were let go though most left......I had 3 mgrs during my 12 month stay. And the Sr. Management team is still there (they now have a new CEO) so the common denominator is Sr. Mgt. Until they change I would stay away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the new CEO, you really need to ask, why is everyone leaving? Why do you have such high turnover in both field reps and field managers? Why is the moral so low? Answer, Sr. Mgt. which has not changed in the past 2 yrs. They have their head in the sand!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mangement team has no direction on where the company should go.

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    People I am working with are nice.

    Cons

    A huge management team is leading a few engineers who need to do lots projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are way more VPs, Dirctors than it should.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Glad to not be there anymore.....

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    Former Employee - Program Management  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Program Management in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    Location in Silicon Valley is convenient.
    You can work from home.

    Cons

    You will be miserable here in a very short time. The environment is chaotic, highly political, unprofessional, confrontational, disfunctional....

    If you are unexperienced, then you may be able to cope. If you have been around and worked at good companies before, you will not like this kind of company. .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CEO went to the Mktg dept and fired almost the entire group. This is how you do things. No reason, strategy, long term view, or realization for the impact of your poor decisions. In 2 years, you have lost top key talent (VP HR, SVP Mktg, CFO, CIO, VP Product Mktg, VP Prog Mgmt, SVP Engr, VP Mkt OPS, VP Sales, VP Engr...and the list goes on and on). I would suggest to the board that the entire executive staff is let go and new blood is brought in with better judgement skills for running a successful company (people+technology).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    QA

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    Current Employee - Q Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Q Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    Job has been stable since I joined.

    Cons

    No fixed process and always changing landscape

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More process and fairness

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work and learn new technology

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, a great place to learn, great health benefits, good support of environmental initiatives, attracts smart people, nice headquarter culture.

    Cons

    changes strategy all the time. Limited opportunity for career advancement. Management tends to hire from the outside,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tends to be high volume of chiefs and not enough indians. .

    Approves of CEO

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