Blue Coat Systems

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

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

Pros

Blue 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.

Cons

Engineering 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 ManagementAdvice

If 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.

Doesn't Recommend
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Other reviews for Blue Coat Systems

  1.  

    Fast and Flaky, don't expect much

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.  

    Mostly a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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