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Restructuring, causing an unpleasant work atmosphere

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

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

Pros

Restructuring, improving performance, great employees. The employees that still work here are awesome. I have made a lot of friends here and enjoy the people.

Cons

Poor management direction, lack of employee benefits (compared to before). The upper management doesn't seem to care about the future of the company, only the short term profit. They have removed a lot of the free drinks and food provided, eliminated the cafe area, made the gym smaller and have few events for the employees.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Grow the company for long term success, relay those goals to the employees and provide a long term road map for the employees.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Other Reviews for Blue Coat Systems

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    so so

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    Current Employee - SQA  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - SQA in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    not much work pressure after privatization

    Cons

    after privatization, not much incentive for employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fair and honest

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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