Brocade Communications

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Updated Jul 16, 2014

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3.3 322 reviews

68% Approve of the CEO

Brocade Communications CEO Lloyd Carney

Lloyd Carney

(79 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Trying to live upto it's name, good work-life balance(at least it has an onsite gym)(in 30 reviews)

  • Competivie salary and benefits, freindly work environment(in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance,benefits, work focused mainly on reation(in 16 reviews)

  • senior management changes - no direction - no experience(in 10 reviews)

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    Big goals but weak leadership

    Manager (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    Pros1. Corporate headquarters facility is very nice and modern
    2. Salary is mostly competitive
    3. Decent work-life balance, for those who want it
    4. Most of the individual contributor employees are very nice

    Cons1. Leaders have big goals but have made little progress moving into and through the changes which they espouse
    2. Their go-to-market (sales and marketing) execution is weak and flawed, mostly characterized by adding new senior leaders but without needed organizational changes and culture improvements
    3. Huge emphasis on frugality and purchasing slows people from being able to do activities that enable the market gains needed to execute on the vision - many employees believe this is because the company is actually being set up to be acquired
    4. Leadership team is mostly comprised of people from smaller companies with no industry reputation - therefore they are not very influential and lack the ability to "change the industry" (their claimed goal)

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood luck on your new market/customer strategies - please consider bringing in people who know these customer segments better, and not just at the most senior level.

    Some of the business changes that you are attempting to accomplish will require best-in-class talent. However, your lack of concern about employee engagement will hurt your ability to achieve those business goals, as the smartest and best employees will leave quickly and you will only be left with those who are comfortably unmotivated.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Seems like the new management is no longer interested in building the company

    Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsBrocade used to be a good place to work as an engineer, but it is no longer.

    ConsThe management cannot execute in hyper competitive and commoditizing IP networking business.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSplit the IP and SAN businesses. Let the IP business prove it can be profitable on its own.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Brocade

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSeemed like a company that genuinely cared about it's employees and employee moral. Compensation is pretty good. Benefits are good. Education is supported and encouraged.

    ConsThere is little opportunity for advancement if you work remotely and not at the corporate headquarters. Layoffs are dictated by the market. You have a stable job until the day you don't.

    Advice to Senior Managementbe more open and honest with direct reports.

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    Too big for their own good, made a mess of the Foundry acquisition.

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsFC market is still growing, that is their bread and butter. Try to do things in a big company way, nice new campus, gym facilities onsite.

    Bonus is good at times because of good profit margins.

    ConsStagnation, engineering is riddled with politics and favoritism. You cannot grow unless you play the favoritism and become a yes-man. Engineering VPs will make you work weekends just because they need to look good. Any growth and career opportunities are stifled by immediate managers. HR policy is not conducive to move within Brocade.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReview pay for those who deserve it, review the engineering management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good People at working level, Old Executives in place too long, New Executives in it for themselves

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsReally nice facilities, People are good and have good intent. Low amount of politics at worker & manager level

    ConsStove pipe culture is horrendous. Was exasperated by many of leadership team being in same role for too long. Everything has to get approved up the chain. New management is clearly trying to artificially raise the stock price with no concern of employees. No communication down, or listening to experts. Future is questionable, as they need to find a way to migrate customers from Hardware to virtual networks while Cisco works to delay or acquire dominant position

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your team, you are not as smart as you think! Need to create more churn at the SVP and VP level to get better cross functional integration below them. Collaboration means ICs working together rather than fear of their management causing secrecy. Need to focus heavily on EQ. figure out a transition path for customers from H/W to Virtual.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sliding Quickly into Oblivion...

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsCompensation, campus, cafe, SAN Products.
    Nice gym.
    Nice parking structure.

    ConsNew Management has the company on a downward spiral. Cost cutting is gutting the core programs that once made Brocade great. Attrition is high, with another wave to happen this summer after bonuses are paid.
    Strategy is vague. New technology is interesting, but lacks real world application today. Marketing is a disaster. Goodbye status quo and goodbye Brocade.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind the next best buyer and sell the SAN business to preserve it. Reduce the size of the SW business unit and focus only on NFV. Forget about Fabrics, you don't have pockets deep enough to compete there.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Get your acts together. People matters!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsOnce a great company. If you are looking for a storage job, brocade gives you a great brand. Ex-employees are successful in what they did later in career and you will be looked at the same angle.

    ConsSenior engineering management is clueless and mostly political. Severe attrition in engineering management is the proof. No one complains while leaving, that just means they are numb after last few months.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire new executive engineering team that is people/community oriented. Enough money has been already saved by senseless layoffs and goalless cost cutting. Now let us save the people who are left. Let go the political management and keep the honest ones who really want to keep business as a priority.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Never thought it could happen here

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsBrocade still pays above average compensation in this market and the benefits (RSUs, bonuses, vacation, etc) are very good compared to other large companies. If you have a good manager, it can be a decent place to work.

    ConsNew senior exec think they're changing to company around to "a new definition of success". That's a great sound bite but they're not fooling anyone. Tick tock!

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    At What Cost Savings to the Bottom Line?

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsNice Campus, NIce Gym, Nice Cafeteria,

    ConsThere was always concern about "Work/Life" balance, yet with the reductions the remaining staff are doing one and a half or twice the workload, and maintain the same goals and objectives; and are expected to meet or exceed expectations. Some of the remaining staff had to work through weekends to get their jobs completed and meet quarter end requirements.

    Have received calls from previous colleagues asking for references, as they have had enough.

    Bonus's are a great motivator but are discretionary, so regardless of how well you have done, the multiplier factor is completely up to your boss. They don't need to give you any bonus regardless of how well you did against your goals and objectives.

    There seems to be a ongoing requirement to "grow" the employees; but what if you have a hard worker and satisfied employee and they are happy in their current position, and are doing a great job?

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe entire middle management and senior management staff needs to take a long look downline. The people who want to leave now and asking for references are those people that have some of the longest years of service and are the hardest workers. These are also people in vital positions; but the question needs to be asked; what happens when they leave and there is no one to train others in these vital positions?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not the same company it once was.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsSo far still has good compensation and the staff are very competent and creative.
    Offices pleasant to work in with good campus location.
    Still has reasonable mid to low-level jobs.
    They finally have enough space in the new campus.

    ConsNew upper executives ransacking the company.
    New atmosphere thick with lack of trust.
    Extremely poor communication to upper staff with "do-as-you're-told" mentality.
    Projects dropped suddenly without any warning or explanations.
    Executives pushing out high-performing extremely well-respected seasoned experts to replace with so so performers from their own circles.
    Severe cutbacks in staff and funds while pushing for increased performance already leading to burnouts and project failures.
    Staff members, the best ones, are quitting in droves.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's too late. It's a runaway train.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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