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Watch Your Back - Politics Galore!

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Former Employee - Product Marketing in Sunnyvale, CA
Former Employee - Product Marketing in Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at Blue Coat Systems

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

It's a well-known company inside of its industry and customers like the products.

Cons

A lot of politics at Blue Coat. It seemed that someone was always scheming / manipulating to try to get ahead, making others look bad and too more energy is spent on playing politics than improving the products and services to customers. They often do random RIFs - and my guess is just so that it keeps the stock price from dropping.

Advice to Management

Promote people based on merit, rather than how much they kiss ass.

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    65% turnover in first year...and for a reason

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You can work from home anytime you want. They really don't care if you are there in person or not.

    Cons

    This place is aweful. Avoid working there if you can. They manage by fear, have a culture of distrust, the leadership is highly incompetent, and there is no clear direction/vision for where they want to be 3-5 years from now. Most people don't last in this company.

    Advice to Management

    Leave....you don't have what it takes to grow the company further and certainly lack the leadership necessary to make it to $1B.


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

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


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