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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
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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 Management

Promote people based on merit, rather than how much they kiss ass.

Other Employee Reviews for Blue Coat Systems

  1. "Be Cautious"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I thought they have pretty good technology and were very competitive in the current marketplace. Riverbed still eats their lunch

    Cons

    CEO gets off on tangents. You can meet with him on one topic and he gets off on some random thoughts.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate the vision more clearly. Upper management has trouble making tough decisions and gets stuck in plan that is not well thought out


  2. "Blue Coat - what is going on at this place? Does anyone running the company care?"

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    Current Employee - Current Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    decent benefits
    free sodas, bagels and donuts
    The salaries are competitive as far as I can tell in the industry

    Cons

    the culture is terrible, unless you like a culture where there is no respect for the employees
    Senior management lives in a vacuum, especially sales management

    Advice to Management

    If the executives really don't know what's going on, someone should go "undercover boss". The place is going from bad to worse and particularly in the sales organization where key employees with lots of tenure who are well respected are leaving left and right. It's amazing that the executives haven't figured out why. It's beginning to look as though no one cares.

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