Blue Coat Systems

www.bluecoat.com
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Mostly a great place to work

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX

I have been working at Blue Coat Systems

Pros

Blue Coat has been very generous as a company toward employees. It is also eco-minded (and not just lip service either...very visible actions taken). There are many opportunities to grow professionally (ongoing training and cross-training is encouraged) and to learn and create innovative and cutting-edge technologies.

Cons

Recent lay-offs involved losing some of the brightest talent at Blue Coat, which may have been short-sighted. Also, many of the long-term goals seem to shift more than would be expected.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I recommend taking time to truly see who is working for you when determining any future restructuring. Please continue to treat your employees as well as you have been on the whole. Also try not to lose that "small company" feel that is part of the appeal of Blue Coat.

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166 Other Employee Reviews for Blue Coat Systems (View Most Recent)

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  1.  

    Fast and Flaky, don't expect much

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    Smart people at the lower levels, lots of challenges available. Solid product line.

    Cons

    Senior Management doesn't seem to be able to execute a consistent strategy. Decision-making capabilities are weak and always have to flow from the top, resulting in long periods of time needed to make relatively simple decisions. Extreme micro-management. Very top-heavy with senior leadership (Director and up), lots of whom are very new, limiting career advancement opportunities for people who have been there for a while. Poor communication about corporate vision and goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a strategy and commit to it for a 12-18 mo period. Drive decision making capabilities down to lower levels and trust your managers to do the right thing. Commit to developing internal talent to promote. You have some really smart and talented people who can take your company a long way, trust them to do it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    About The Same As Anyplace Else

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    Overall good talent. Challenging technology and products. Ability to feel like I make a difference sometimes.

    Cons

    I used to think management was reasonably competent but offshoring to India is a giant clue they never knew what they were doing all along. Lack of single sign-on makes ordinary things like checking benefits a chore. More and more I get the feeling that nobody really knows what's going on; company seems to hold details close to the vest. There has been no roadmap for a year or so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In a word, quit. You've failed and you need to get out of the way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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