Blue Coat Systems

  www.bluecoat.com
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Blue Coat had its share of ups and downs

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

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

Pros

The overall compensation package used to be decent. The co-workers are smart people and seasoned professionals. The company typically respects work-life balance.

Cons

Over the last few years, the company had undergone too many changes at the management level. This always affected employee morale in a negative way.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stick to a single well defined business plan and align all departments behind that.

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Worse Place I have ever worked

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    People are genuinely kind and want to do the right things. Fear causes many not to

    Cons

    Favoritism, no communication unless it is filtered at the top and often spun to create an effect they want. Work is not meaningful nor tied to a strategy at the company level. "Hand picked" new layer of management that seems unnecessary given the size of the company. The company overall is very political. They care about making a profit and NOT about the people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start over, get a new executive team who knows what they are doing. Don't do what your doing just to make a buck, do it because you love building a strong company with great leaders and employees. GOOD LUCK

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Challenging times at Blue Coat - uncertain with layoffs looming

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

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    Despite a long history of mergers, layoffs, ups and downs, Blue Coat employees are bright, for the most part, likeable and good co-workers that believe in their product (although the customer base and market share doesn't fully share this view).

    Cons

    There's the history of ups and downs, layoffs, mergers and in the end, a bit of a rag-tag feel. Some of the old-timers are slightly prima-donna-ish, particularly in the top-floor corporate roles that are caught somewhere in the ether of between-function-positions. Channels teams tend to manage their business as though channel partner success is more important than product, sales and BC business success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Blue Coat broke the rule of hiring talent - I saw 3 levels of managers (group manager, director & VP) hire talented staff ...only to have these 3 levels displaced the original 3 in layoffs. Careful who you hire here - it may be safer to hire slightly less talented people with a little less ambition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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