Brocade Communications
3.3 of 5 290 reviews
www.brocade.com San Jose, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Mar 21, 2014

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75% Approve of the CEO

Brocade Communications CEO Lloyd Carney

Lloyd Carney

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67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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At What Cost Savings to the Bottom Line?

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA

I worked at Brocade Communications

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

I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time for more than 8 years

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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Engineering Management mostly focused on solving technical problems / meeting arbitrary schedules not team development.

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA

I worked at Brocade Communications full-time for more than 3 years

ProsCompetitive total compensation. Very flexible schedule. Good location.

ConsManagers generally have poor management skills, focused on solving Engineering problems not managing people, process, team building, or facilitating. Product schedules / architectures poorly planned all emphasis on execution which often causes major issues for teams and leads to inefficient development. No emphasis / follow-thru on development plans. Lack of empowerment and transparency. Completely top-down management style.

Advice to Senior ManagementBuild a solid professional Engineering Management team hiring experienced managers from best managed companies. Avoid temptation / inertia of hiring clones of in-house managers. Focus on greater cultural / intellectual / experience diversity of staff & managers. Plan / optimize for the long term to improve overall development efficiencies.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Used to be a good place to work

An Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time for more than 8 years

ProsAn opportunity to learn new technologgies

ConsToo many yes-men in the management

Advice to Senior ManagementLeave Brocade

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

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Used to be good

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I worked at Brocade Communications

ProsGood working environment, good culture

ConsU need to threaten to quit to get good work or pay increases

Advice to Senior ManagementHave some concern for employees

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Was good sometime back now turning into kiss my ass and get what you want culture

Software Test Engineer (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time for more than 3 years

ProsDecent salary, not much micro management, flexible work hours

ConsPromotions and perks only for ass kissers not performers and they say it is performance oriented culture

Managers have private conversations with some people in the team and only they get rewarded others no matter how hard they work are not allowed to come up

No amount of hard work and proof is enough for you to justify your hike and promotion i did some very spectacular tasks still got "Meets Expectations"

Overtly greedy management that wants to extract as much as possible from workers but not reward them appropriately

Products are shelved all of a sudden without proper reasoning

No way for engineers to give feedback on management it is a pure one way approach

No one on one meetings or skip level meetings or any other way of feedback, Management believes they are the very best and do not need feedback

Once you raise your voice against anything instead of listening you are asked to give up or pay up

Not a single day passes off without work and in-spite of so much productivity appraisals are horrible

Most of the projects you will be over worked

HR is a non-existent entity

Advice to Senior ManagementHave proper feedback mechanism and reward true performers

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good Company but Culture Changing

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I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time for more than 5 years

ProsCompetitive Compensation, Bonus Plan, RSU's, Training Opportunities, Excellent Gym & Cafeteria

ConsCulture is very political, lack of trust cross functionally. Too many meetings, too many checklists

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in retaining Top Talent. Trust your staff, avoid micromanagement of tactical details. Get out of the weeds - Lead.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great work/life balance but the company has a revolving door of senior decision makers/execs...

Marketing (Former Employee)

I worked at Brocade Communications full-time for more than 3 years

ProsTelecommuting, bonus structure, autonomy, benefits package

ConsConstantly evolving roles, budgets, direction, etc.

Advice to Senior ManagementIncent sr execs to stay a while...

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Brocade is an ok, but not great place to work.

Manager (Former Employee)
Denver, CO

I worked at Brocade Communications full-time for more than 10 years

ProsBrocade Communications may offer a variety of good benefits, including pay and insurance, for new and long term employees.

ConsBrocade Sr Management are not great. It is like the blind leading the blind at the Sr level, making bad decisions daily.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake more of an interest in your people. To Sr Mgmt, hire Sr Mgmt level people who can actually take the business to the next step

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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No strategy, slow drift to the bottom

Someone In the Channel Org (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time for more than 3 years

ProsNIce campus, reasonable benefits, in some areas good technology

ConsNo momentum and no strategy. The storage business throws off cash - but the networking business is in a slow drift to the bottom. The marketing org has lacked a CMO for almost a year - and it shows with nearly no real marketing occurring. Dependence on federal business has hurt.

Advice to Senior ManagementChoose strategic products - and spend money promoting them. Don't purchase companies unless the sales team are willing to sell them (that's Vyatta I'm talking about). Marketing channel should be held accountable to the numbers of leads developed. Ask yourself, why should a Cisco reseller or system integrator sell Brocade? I can't think of a reason - and so the business is destined to decline.

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

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