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Blue Coat Systems Reviews

Updated January 12, 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)

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  1. "Bluecoat is a great company to work with"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SBE in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - SBE in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Organization is small and it's easy to communicate and execute the high level strategy.

    Cons

    No obvious cons that I can remember....................


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Culture and Work Environment Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has some really smart people to work with and learn from. A very large portfolio of products.

    Cons

    Executives and management hires their own circle of associates and friends. No real possibility of advancement unless you are part of this group.

    Advice to Management

    Need to really enforce and live the company values. Management needs to walk the talk. Employees that have been in the company longer have seen and witnessed the opposite.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Great company to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary, flexible work schedule. Managers are very friendly. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Lot of inefficient people. Top Managers don't care about the company, they just want their "OWN PEOPLE" to make money. Lot of people laid off each quarter. No appreciation for the hard workers. Everybody gets same performance review unless they are "OWN PEOPLE"

    Advice to Management

    Try to appreciate people who work hard.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Senior Systems Administrator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Draper, UT
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Draper, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company went out of its way to organize team building activities. Break rooms were decent. Offers a successful product that is in demand.

    Cons

    No opportunities to move up the company. Thoma Bravo acquisition of the company caused for a lot of good people to leave. Refused to back fill position to pursue consolidation of the company. Nepitism was common. I witnessed spouses, siblings and cousins brought in by management.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with your employees


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Product Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Buyer/Planner in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Buyer/Planner in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Good pay. Growing

    Cons

    Long work hours with no appreciation


  7. "Time to make potential a reality"

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

    Pros

    Great technology in a booming industry sector. Company has great potential to strike it big if they execute timely.

    Cons

    Once great culture has taken a back seat during privatization years (~3 yrs) with a private equity focus to the bottom line. Employees looking for more than promise to get back to those culture values.

    Advice to Management

    Time has come to fulfill the empty promises to employees who have sacrifice during the PE years.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Product manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Jordan, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Jordan, UT

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package and interesting technical problems to solve.

    Cons

    Upper management. The directives from the executive staff seem to not be in line with the priorities they have given. Many reorganizations in order to make numbers look good. The success of the product line is compromised.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to managers and be reasonable in expectations.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "McAfee 2.0"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Strong growth and a positive financial outlook for the company. Expecting to re-IPO on the 1-3 horizon. The "old veterans" are the company's real strong suit... excellent knowledge base, great to work with and professional.

    Cons

    Over the past 3 quarters Blue Coat has developed a real attitude. The company culture is now one of arrogance and greed. Too many "all about me" personnel and not enough people working to achieve the common goal. Very divisive.

    Advice to Management

    Unless you want to drive out those who have built the company, be more conscientious of your screening process while hiring. And, quit nickeling and diming loyal, high-performing employees while you throw absurd money at new hire friends and old cronies.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Questions are in the air"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice balance between work and personal time. Trying to go IPO is positive but not sure how good it is for the employees.

    Cons

    Not sure what is going on with the new Mangt. team. It is the McAfee takeover. Cutting your accounts and increasing your quota unless you are a named account manager.

    Advice to Management

    If you are going to offer stocks then make them real and don't hide a non-compete clause in there.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Still Loving It!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I posted the below in 2012 AND I still feel the same and Love it here! Blue Coat is one of the best companies I have worked for! Good times ahead!!!

    “I enjoy coming to work! ”
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (More than 5 years)
    Pros
    I love it here not only because I love what I do, but I enjoy the people I work with. Blue Coat has great employees, a laid back environment, flexibility in schedules, an understanding of family, an excellent product and an Executive team that is not the usual OMG the CEO is coming in lets be on our best behavior and roll out the red carpet.
    Cons
    Nothing comes to mind at this time.
    Helpful

    Cons

    I can't think of any before and now. I believe if you are not happy you should change it, accept it, ot move on.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing... we are headed for great things and great times thanks to you!


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