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Helpful (5)

eaten alive by internal politics, poor focus and execution

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Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at Blue Coat Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

BlueCoat had a great market foothold with their one-box solution, and it's possible they'll retain enough of that edge while they retool their product line.

Cons

BlueCoat squandered their market position by continually shuffling their engineering presence across geographies due to an inability to acknowledge and resolve internal political disputes that eventually strangled their technology advantage. Going private and attempting to rebuild their product from scratch didn't resolve or minimize this crippling issue.

Advice to Management

Either shut down the Sunnyvale engineering presence, or the Waterloo engineering presence. There is too much bad blood between those geographies to ever get the productivity necessary to justify having them both. Middle management has never been upwardly honest about the realities of how bad the situation actually is.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Restructuring, causing an unpleasant work atmosphere

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    • Culture & Values
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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 (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  2. Helpful (1)

    It's getting better every day...

    • 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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Since going private this year the management has stabilized and improved.
    - I have a feeling that the management actually cares about the employees.
    - Communication is now more open and even welcomed.
    - We are going though a major upgrade of the development process in a way that seems to make sense.
    - I'm free to do my job well and contribute to improving the process/environment around me.

    Cons

    - The free lunch is not every day

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