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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. Helpful (6)

    "Good and Bad"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems full-time

    Pros

    Decent benefits, office shut down during winter, great training. Employees overall tend to stay at the company which they are making strides to change for the better. Opportunity to rotate to other roles throughout the company.

    Cons

    Company culture does not resonate with individual team environments. Forced rotations and unevenly distributed work-loads with politics rotting team morale. Manager's mistakes and complete disregard for confidentiality is barely given a glance or consequences. No upward rating of managers' performances. No stock options or EESP offered.

    Advice to Management

    You used to be able to retain your employees. Better background checks and interviews for bosses should be done along with upward feedback programs so that there is a good culture fit on both ends of the spectrum. Don't just hire someone to fill in an empty role because there is a need. Let staff also have opportunities to interview upper management level candidates to ensure a good fit.


  2. "Blue Coat review"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great products with strong customer base and leadership

    Cons

    Growing rapidly but none come to mind

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

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    • 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....................


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Culture and Work Environment Review"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Great company to work"

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    • 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.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Senior Systems Administrator"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Product Manager"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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

  8. "Time to make potential a reality"

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    • 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Product manager"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "McAfee 2.0"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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.


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