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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

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 ManagementAdvice

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

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    Horrendous Management decisions at a well meaning company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems

    Pros

    Company still feels like a startup, there is still the resemblance of a family atmosphere, but recent managerial appointments and an obsessive desire to be one of the big guys leave a very sour taste.

    Cons

    In some sections of the organisation, managers are caught in a loop, suggesting massive changes in order to 'make a mark', implementing those changes at great expensive and upheaval and ultimately innevitable failure and quiet exit, only for the next guy to have a go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When the entire senior management team of company A takes up positions at company B, the culture and atmosphere of company B is going to disentigrate

    No opinion of CEO
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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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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