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"Too many cooks are spoiling the broth"

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Former Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
Former Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Good technology and vision. Excellent access to execs. On the other hand, this means lots of exposure, too. You get to work with some Incredibly bright people, and you'll learn a lot about all aspects of the business.

Cons

Overweight with senior management, perhaps "too many cooks" is an apt statement here. They're constantly meddling in product planning and decisions that would be best left to the people they hired to actually manage the products. Incredibly political organization. Poor morale, with employees living in fear. Lack of innovation. So process-laden that even the smallest decisions require a PowerPoint presentation and approval from execs. Rife with long, unproductive meetings with no real agenda, where everyone is on laptops and no real decisions get made. Not a very fun place to work. Little opportunity for advancement or career growth here. Great values, no culture.

Advice to Management

Refocus the company, with a coherent, clear and compelling plan to capitalize on the lead you've got in the Security space. On the other hand, get out of markets that make no sense for you, like WAN Optimization. This is completely dominated by Riverbed, with Cisco behind them in the relatively distant 2nd place spot. Why bother fighting battles you can't win, especially when the war is already over?

Encourage innovation, creativity and risk-taking. Give people a chance to succeed, and let them learn from their successes. Give people a chance to fail, and let them learn from their mistakes. Reward people for their work, and recognize their achievements. Stop driving away your best talent. Model and exemplify the values if you expect your employees to do the same. Walk the talk.

It's high time to bring in some new blood, especially at the executive level. Learn to keep the good ones. Fire the bad ones.

Other Employee Reviews for Blue Coat Systems

  1. "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.


  2. "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

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