Blue Coat Systems

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Blue Coat - what is going on at this place? Does anyone running the company care?

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Current Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
Current Employee - Current Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

I have been working at Blue Coat Systems

Pros

decent benefits
free sodas, bagels and donuts
The salaries are competitive as far as I can tell in the industry

Cons

the culture is terrible, unless you like a culture where there is no respect for the employees
Senior management lives in a vacuum, especially sales management

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If the executives really don't know what's going on, someone should go "undercover boss". The place is going from bad to worse and particularly in the sales organization where key employees with lots of tenure who are well respected are leaving left and right. It's amazing that the executives haven't figured out why. It's beginning to look as though no one cares.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    Confused Management and a lack of Direction

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    Nice people to work with
    Casual Environment

    Cons

    Management does not seem to have a clear direction as to where the company should go.
    Decisions are made hastily.
    EVERYTHING is a priority... Hurry up, hurry up and then wait as everything takes forever to get done.
    Wasted money on many useless and low priority projects that don't even get completed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    STOP the insanity of go, go, go and not even know where you're really going.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Not a perfect company, but you can tell that it's trying to become one

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    1. Big enough for some stability, small enough that your contributions are important and valued.
    2. Lots of very smart people.
    3. Less "politics" than you might expect for a company of this size and type.
    4. Excellent access to decision makers.
    5. The leadership wants to grow the company, not just find a way to get rich and get out.

    Cons

    1. Some groups are understaffed and overworked.
    2. Sometimes good talent is allowed to walk out the door, perhaps due to over-stretched middle management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall, an excellent company with good prospects for growth. I'd encourage management to deploy better technological and collaboration infrastructure: some current processes and systems aren't scalable and result in wasted time and lost opportunities.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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