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Wish I'd known what I was getting into before joining

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Great location, nice facility, decent pay, good benefits.

Cons

During my time at Blue Coat I never felt as if I belonged, there was vibe there that I couldn’t quite figure out. People do not interact with each other, there’s no polite “hello” as you pass in the hall, no small talk at the coffee station, nothing. I worked there for over two years and even after all that time I had no idea what the people literally in the row next to me did for the company. Each department worked completely independently from the others, communication across the organization was non-existent. Meetings would occur, people would show up, sit there, take no notes, read their email on their laptop or phone, leave the meeting and that was it, zero follow up on any action items. The systems were in dire need of an overhaul, a lot of manual process because the systems were not synched with each other and no one was interested in making that better. The overriding culture was management by intimidation, if anyone dared challenge a decision or question anything they were scolded. People would even go so far as to throw around their weight by dropping the CEO’s name when discussing a project, basically saying that if there was any push back they were going to tattle. Ridiculous for adults to behave that way, but it happened. The day I left Blue Coat I felt as though a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders, one that I hadn’t fully realized was there until it was gone.

Advice to Management

Now that the company has been bought and is private again, my advice would be to use this as an opportunity for a complete overhaul. There is definitely dead weight there, people who have been getting by because of who they know when in reality they provide no value to the company. Also pick a direction and stick to it on the product side, don’t try to have your hands in so many different things, it’s too confusing for the market and too confusing for the employees.

Other Employee Reviews for Blue Coat Systems

  1. Blue Coat had its share of ups and downs

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  2. Worse Place I have ever worked

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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


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