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when it comes to values, actions speak louder than words

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Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

new addition to the break room, infused water

Cons

trust & respect are anything but part of Blue Coat values. I am aware of at least three instances where they did not even honor the terms of the job offer. No matter how strong the case against the manager is, HR always sides with the manager.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

try to cut on office politics

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
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    A Company Full of Redwoods

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Development Engineer in Draper, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Development Engineer in Draper, UT

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There's a lot of really smart, talented, and dedicated people working at Blue Coat. Most of them are easy to approach and willing to offer help when asked. There's opportunity to grow professionally, bringing one's skills to new levels. Dress is casual, which is a huge plus. You can usually work from home part of the week. Base salary plus bonus brings one's annual pay to far more than you could get anywhere else in the valley. I would dare say it is THE top paying company when it comes to compensating their engineers. The company has an excellent culture, with an in-house, company supplied bar, tech talks, frequent company provided lunches, a free snack and soda supplied break room, several wall mounted TVs scattered around the office, a beautiful view of the valley, opportunities to engage in community projects, company outdoor BBQs 2-3 times in the summer.

    Cons

    Since they pay for the best and brightest, there is no hand-holding. The onboarding is basically non-existent; you're just expected to come up to speed quickly and on your own. If you need help, it's up to you ask someone for it. When you come on board, your work environment isn't set up for you; you request the machines you need and set them up yourself. The projects can seem to use a methodology somewhere between Agile and Cowboy coding. You can alternate between too much to do and too little to do (during code freeze and waiting for the OK to release). As a new employee, it can seem like a fraternity, trying to prove yourself worthy of the respect you deserve for your years of experience. In other words, there's a tendency to not trust the new guy until he proves himself, rather than vice versa.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Scrap the ridiculous idea of team building through "Storming and Norming...", which often leads to simply the most vocal and fanatical getting their way. You decide who is best to make the decision on certain things and put them in charge of it. Don't just throw the team together and let them work that out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Had No Life At This Company

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    Former Employee - Order Services in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Order Services in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    They feed you very well when days are very busy, so you can work through your lunch. This company offers great benefits.

    Cons

    No room for growth with this company. Very high layoff rate. Very cutthroat. They expect you to work 14 hours days. Had to wait 6 months before receiving overtime pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too aggressive. No empathy for there employess. Very dishonest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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