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

I worked at Blue Coat Systems

Pros

I thought they have pretty good technology and were very competitive in the current marketplace. Riverbed still eats their lunch

Cons

CEO gets off on tangents. You can meet with him on one topic and he gets off on some random thoughts.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Communicate the vision more clearly. Upper management has trouble making tough decisions and gets stuck in plan that is not well thought out

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. Blue Coat - what is going on at this place? Does anyone running the company care?

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    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
  2. 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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