Blue Coat Systems

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Too many cooks are spoiling the broth

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

I worked at Blue Coat Systems

Pros

Good technology and vision. Excellent access to execs. On the other hand, this means lots of exposure, too. You get to work with some Incredibly bright people, and you'll learn a lot about all aspects of the business.

Cons

Overweight with senior management, perhaps "too many cooks" is an apt statement here. They're constantly meddling in product planning and decisions that would be best left to the people they hired to actually manage the products. Incredibly political organization. Poor morale, with employees living in fear. Lack of innovation. So process-laden that even the smallest decisions require a PowerPoint presentation and approval from execs. Rife with long, unproductive meetings with no real agenda, where everyone is on laptops and no real decisions get made. Not a very fun place to work. Little opportunity for advancement or career growth here. Great values, no culture.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Refocus the company, with a coherent, clear and compelling plan to capitalize on the lead you've got in the Security space. On the other hand, get out of markets that make no sense for you, like WAN Optimization. This is completely dominated by Riverbed, with Cisco behind them in the relatively distant 2nd place spot. Why bother fighting battles you can't win, especially when the war is already over?

Encourage innovation, creativity and risk-taking. Give people a chance to succeed, and let them learn from their successes. Give people a chance to fail, and let them learn from their mistakes. Reward people for their work, and recognize their achievements. Stop driving away your best talent. Model and exemplify the values if you expect your employees to do the same. Walk the talk.

It's high time to bring in some new blood, especially at the executive level. Learn to keep the good ones. Fire the bad ones.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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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
  2.  

    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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