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This was a while ago; company was all right

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Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
Former Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I worked at Blue Coat Systems full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

* Laid back environment
* Good camaderie amongst team-members and within offices
* Incredibly smart people on every team

Cons

* Source control was a mess; feature code was stuck in untestable feature branches while QA spent months on a frozen head; trainwrecks would occur every time we merged development work back into head, we'd need months to sort that out, then everything would repeat.
* Mentalities were in flux: some teams had decided that their old processes weren't working, and the transitions weren't seamless. There were people who very much held to the status quo, sometimes being positive skeptics, sometimes being obstacles.
* Waterloo office was in the middle of nowhere, very little connection to local tech scene, no attempt to make presence and take advantage of Waterloo's reputation as a tech hub.

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Other Reviews for Blue Coat Systems

  1.  

    It has been a great experience specially on with our new Point of View based strategy

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)
    Current Employee - Manager in Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)

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

    Pros

    New technologies adoption merge with current products and extended with new products to Enable Business to our Customers and Partners.
    New professional opportunities.
    Great team of professionals to work with.

    Cons

    Too many changes in too little time from previous Leaders, that is becoming clearer with the current Leadership team.
    Not a clear strategy defined until recently

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is an extraordinary time to be at Blue Coat, we just need to keep assuring execution is done in the right way to enable more customer/partner business on all the fronts.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome company

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Best technology in the market
    Best innovative persons

    Cons

    Career opportunities up in the company are not many

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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