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Blue Coat Systems Reviews

Updated September 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Great corporate culture and values; good work-life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • Great products and great people (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • They need to give priority to work life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Very few women in engineering and upper management (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "A good company to work with"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good portfolio of security products
    Adequate training for new hire / continual training for old hire
    Good pay and perks
    Excellent work environment

    Cons

    Very high expectations in terms of sales numbers

    Advice to Management

    Numbers are important but people are more important in long run


  2. "Great company moving fast"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Super fast moving company and challenging. Products are exceptional. Pay is outstanding. Best in the industry. With the addition of Symantec now things are even better.

    Cons

    If you're not aggressive and a self starter on-boarding can be challenging. Organization of systems can be tough and difficult to navigate.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Operational"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    agressive business plans for expanding revenues

    Cons

    Upper management was dismissive of lower management & individual contributors, especially if there was dissagreement.

    Advice to Management

    listen to people


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great Benefits"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work is meaningful in the cyber-security realm and the pay and benefits are great. Lots of time off, above average pay, company events, flexible schedule, and great people.

    Cons

    Trying to code in a secured environment is difficult and frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Increase developer productivity with a better secure development environment.


  5. "Good technology, savvy management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Technology moves forward quickly to improve security protection and detection for customers. Upper Management is driven to make the company relevant and forward looking. Reasonable work/life balance.

    Cons

    A few people run the company. Very few women in engineering and upper management.


  6. "Terrific place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Tons of fantastic technology to work with and an ever increasing demand to integrate all of these security tools provides terrific opportunities to explore and grow your career.

    Cons

    Lot of integration work ongoing that can be disruptive to product cycles, but will likely prove to be one of the key growth areas for our product lines once complete.

    Advice to Management

    Keep bringing together the technology that makes us what we are and streamline the back office and procedures & process where possible to keep us efficient.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "General"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and compensation package. Good location, perks, free breakfast, company events, good wellness program. Friendly people, onsite yoga and bootcamp

    Cons

    You have to be a self disciplined individual, ability to work in a fast pasted environment. The job can be quite administrative at times as the company operates with minimal resources. Great opportunity for challenge, however

  8. Helpful (3)

    "They treat you miserably"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Development Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Development Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good salary, flexible vacation time, provide dinners

    Cons

    Incompetent management, unfriendly environment, dont know how to use modern technologies

    Advice to Management

    Consider hiring experts in the field


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Stock options for management and select few"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good company, benefits, and other perks.
    Good product line.

    Cons

    If you are mid career and have skills, other places might be better.
    The company has momentum but you will not be included into success.
    You will not be granted stock unless you are in management.
    If you have kids and need to live in good school district, it is next to impossible
    with the pay. Management has their own goals in mind, not yours.

    Advice to Management

    Tune into employee voice.


  10. "Short Title"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Health, Dental, Medical, 401K, Travel Health Insurance, Health Advocacy Program, Travel Opportunities, Sweet SKO

    Cons

    Travel, New Team, Slow Promotion Cycle, Lots of aquisitions


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