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Blue Coat Systems Senior Software Engineer Reviews

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  • 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. "Senior QA Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Draper, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Draper, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and direction. Excellent employees to work with. They are doing everything right so far.

    Cons

    Not a well known company yet.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the excellent culture. Keep doing what your already doing.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "They treat you miserably"

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    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

  3. "Solid Company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Draper, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Draper, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Solid financial backing, decent benefits

    Cons

    Obsessed with security - to the point of paranoia

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Stay far away from here"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not many pros of working at Bluecoat
    Some very talented engineers and support engineers.
    Established Product Line and Federal Customers

    Cons

    No job security...Cut Throat Management..."Culture of Fear"

    Advice to Management

    Treat individuals with respect and promote career growth and employees will work


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Not a tobe company for web/mobile developers"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer 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

    Sunnyvale Area, Good company for h1b folks.

    Cons

    A closed company for people in UI/web/mobile frontend development. No acknowledgement for good work done... may be not in core line of business.

    Advice to Management

    Try to allocate right jobs to right people. STOP considering people as mere resource!!!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "It's getting better every day..."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time

    Pros

    - Since going private this year the management has stabilized and improved.
    - I have a feeling that the management actually cares about the employees.
    - Communication is now more open and even welcomed.
    - We are going though a major upgrade of the development process in a way that seems to make sense.
    - I'm free to do my job well and contribute to improving the process/environment around me.

    Cons

    - The free lunch is not every day


  7. "Blue Coat had its share of ups and downs"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The overall compensation package used to be decent. The co-workers are smart people and seasoned professionals. The company typically respects work-life balance.

    Cons

    Over the last few years, the company had undergone too many changes at the management level. This always affected employee morale in a negative way.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to a single well defined business plan and align all departments behind that.

  8. "Mostly a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Blue Coat has been very generous as a company toward employees. It is also eco-minded (and not just lip service either...very visible actions taken). There are many opportunities to grow professionally (ongoing training and cross-training is encouraged) and to learn and create innovative and cutting-edge technologies.

    Cons

    Recent lay-offs involved losing some of the brightest talent at Blue Coat, which may have been short-sighted. Also, many of the long-term goals seem to shift more than would be expected.

    Advice to Management

    I recommend taking time to truly see who is working for you when determining any future restructuring. Please continue to treat your employees as well as you have been on the whole. Also try not to lose that "small company" feel that is part of the appeal of Blue Coat.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "A Fun place to work, for a while"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems full-time

    Pros

    - lots of opportunity to learn and experience development
    - great group of people to work with

    Cons

    - continued use of proprietary OS for the product is a limiting factor to competing vs. similar products.
    - management often throws engineering teams under the bus

    Advice to Management

    Stop the politics within the engineering organization


  10. "Great Company, Great Products, Great Culture, Great Benefits"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Blue Coat has established a great work culture and a lineup of great products to work on. The pay is great and the projects we get to work on are fun and make a difference. Food, drinks, and snacks are frequently provided. They allocate lots of money towards employees.

    Cons

    Because the company is large, sometimes it takes a long time to roll out new code and get decisions made about changes that need to be made.