Brocade Communications
3.3 of 5 318 reviews
www.brocade.com San Jose, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jul 7, 2014

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Brocade Communications CEO Lloyd Carney

Lloyd Carney

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66% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Trying to live upto it's name, good work-life balance(at least it has an onsite gym)"
    in 25 reviews
  • "Competivie salary and benefits, freindly work environment"
    in 21 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work-life balance,benefits, work focused mainly on reation"
    in 15 reviews
  • "senior management changes - no direction - no experience"
    in 10 reviews
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    Bait and Switch, Immature Management Team, Tactics before Strategy

    Director (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsGreat People, Great for Work Life Balance

    ConsNew CEO & Management team is recruiting from outside so if your hoping to get promoted into a better role - think again. Company is focused on tactics and no - NFV isn't the future.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBuild your focus on the people, stop hiring in executives, get a strategy. Don't let the CEO (flying first class) speak at an all hands about frugality on the purchasing of Lobsters for board meetings while the rest of the employee's suffer

    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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    Great Pay and Benefits

    Senior Engineering Manager (Former Employee)
    Broomfield, CO

    ProsPay is very good, vacation days is great, and benefits are very good.

    ConsLotsa overtime for all. You have tons of vacation but just can't use it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeeds better work/life balance

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Too Much Offshore

    Director IT (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsGreat campus. Fast moving. Some interesting projects. Cafeteria food is awesome (Bon Apetit); subsidized, but you have to pay. Free work out facilities. Good kitchens.

    ConsSenior IT management not aligned. Company not growing; just chugging along in a range. No interest in letting employees learn the business (e.g. no immersion, just start working and figure everything out). HCL offshore is extremely low quality.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFigure out the business strategy and SELL.

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

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    same ole! same ole!

    Sales Manager (Current Employee)
    Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Prosgood product line, good comp

    Conssenior management doesn't have the experience needed to execute on the spoken plan OJT

    Advice to Senior Managementtake your money and run to the next company and do it again.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company to work for.

    Director of Architecuture (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsIt is a welcoming atmosphere with cordial people. Time-off policies are flexible. Compensation is reasonable. Ample training opportunities.

    ConsPromotions are difficult, need to be politically connected.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to reward talented employees.

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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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    A lot of turmoil

    Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsGreat technology. They allow time off for working for a charity.

    ConsThis company has been poorly managed. They bought an IP networking company, (Foundry Networks) for about the same price as the market cap of this company. It turned out to be a big drain on the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo actions to slow the turnover of the company. Most of my former leadership only worked at companies for a year and then move on.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    rigid old school management; were not willing to make game chancing decisions

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prostime-off, hours, training, lack of hard deadlines.

    Conslack of work and accountability

    Advice to Senior Managementfocus on strengths and hire more competitively.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company to work for though hours can be long

    LAN Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
    Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsGood Compensation
    Freedom to run business in my territory in conjunction with my Territory Account Manager
    Supportive Management

    ConsLong Hours
    Some corporate processes are still relatively inefficient

    Advice to Senior ManagementWell looking at ways to optimize costs and operations, take into account the perspective of the field employees in addition to the main corporate site employees.

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