Blue Coat Systems
2.9 of 5 124 reviews Sunnyvale, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Someday, Blue Coat will become what it wants to be, if it figures out what it wants to be.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at Blue Coat Systems

ProsBlue Coat has a reasonably good and advanced product line, making it attractive to certain types of Information Technology buyers and decision-makers. Blue Coat's Security product line is unmatched for its purpose. WAN Optimization and Visibility product lines are competent and worthy competitors. The Systems Engineers are talented.

ConsEngineering execution could be better, and this is a reflection of engineering management, not the core engineering talent. Self-congratulation pertaining to the India Engineering Outsourcing project is Pollyannaism at its worst (for laid-off employees) and scariest (for shareholders). The company is plagued by poor communication and poorer information dissemination resulting from dual, dueling intranets.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want to succeed in WAN Optimization then focus on it and do what's needed in the sales force and the channel to make it happen -- it's not about product, it's entirely about go-to-market.

Don't have too much faith in your experiment in India.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Fast and Flaky, don't expect much

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Blue Coat Systems

Pros: Smart people at the lower levels, lots of challenges available.… 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,… Advice to Senior Management: 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… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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Mostly a great place to work

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
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… Cons: Recent lay-offs involved losing some of the brightest talent at Blue Coat, which may have been… Advice to Senior Management: I recommend taking time to truly see who is working for you when determining any future restructuring. Please continue to treat your employees as… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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