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

Brocade Communications Reviews

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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    Very good technology company

    Systems Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsThe people I worked with were the best in the industry. Excellent technical skills and very easy to work with

    ConsThe business is in transformation and that means lots of change and lots of travel.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't burn your people out. Vacation is not sufficient to keep a road warrior sane.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Software Engineer III (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsGood inter team culture, open environment to learn lot of things. Good intra team culture as well.

    ConsManagement team needs to be strong about the product marketing

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Used to be a good place to work

    An Employee (Current Employee)

    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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    ProsGreat technology, great product, growing industry

    ConsTechnology development strategy, growth strategy unclear

    Advice to Senior Managementimprove communication, strategy visibility and transparency

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Used to be good

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    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

    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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    Lacks direction, productivity and employee carrier growth. Payscale is below average. Will not recommend.

    Staff Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsA good starting point for fresh graduates

    ConsLacks motivation and carrier growth

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart paying market rate to employees.

    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 Big Small Company

    Sales Representative (Current Employee)

    ProsBrocade's IP business (switching and routing) is a smaller percentage of the company's revenue while the Fiber Channel SAN business is thriving and providing most of the revenue. The company has a feel of a small business with an infusion of money to help grow the IP. Brocade is a positive small business that is fun to be a part of.

    ConsSmall companies can sometimes struggle to execute against their business plan.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop more aggressive management of your sales and engineering teams.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not that good not that bad.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNot too small not too big. Just the right size company.

    Constoo much competition in the market

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork downwards

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Company but Culture Changing

    Operations (Current Employee)

    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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