Brocade Communications

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Brocade Communications Reviews in Denver, CO

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
367 Reviews
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Pros
  • Flexible working hours, it helps you to do work life balance (in 37 reviews)

  • Competivie salary and benefits, freindly work environment (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance,benefits, work focused mainly on reation (in 18 reviews)

  • The new CEO and his new senior management seem to be bent on putting their stamp (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company culture, strong focus on innovation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Broomfield, CO

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

    Pros

    Great products, technology and people

    Cons

    limited opportunities to move up in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from inside

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to Grow as an Engineer.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO

    I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance is Good. Friendly co workers. Really innovative Technology. Lots of room for growing. Junior management takes good care of the employees.

    Cons

    Salary structure could have been better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good pay, Good benefits with a stable company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Broomfield, CO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and pay. Brocade pays a little above average and the benefits are very good with an additional 40 hours available for volunteer time in the community. There is a gym available onsite. Very good working relationship with development. Brocade hasn't missed a bonus as long as I have been here but that is not a given. there is decent work-life balance.

    Cons

    Career dead end. Most people have been here (Broomfield Campus anyway) for many, many years in their respective roles which is a double edged sword in the sense that people are happy here but there is no movement. Managers don't seem to have the time or interest to foster career plans for team members. Other than the bi-annual performance review I have had to initiate all manager one-on-one conversations about career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep chasing the IP side like the market wants to see, but don't forget Fibre Channel pays the bills.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Pay and Benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at Brocade Communications full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs better work/life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    good company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SQA Test Engineer III in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - SQA Test Engineer III in Broomfield, CO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced cutting edge technology company. A dynamic medium sided company able to adapt quickly. Great products and great engineers designing them.

    Cons

    Tend to reorganize regularly. Little upward mobility unless you were interested only in people management. Education on the company's own products is nonexistent. Often have to just wing it when testing a device.
    There's also a brain drain occurring which in my opinion is very dangerous for a technology company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    automate automate automate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company, Great Future

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Broomfield, CO

    I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great, top-notch people, both personally and professionally.
    Great culture, environmentally and socially conscious, with good work/life balance.
    Incredible training opportunities - more than you could ever take advantage of.
    Top-of-industry compensation: salary, bonus, RSUs, 401k match, and great benefits.

    Cons

    Limited potential for career advancement.
    Middle management can be over-reactive to every comment from CEO, without thoughtful prior analysis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in VCS Fabric - it's a revolutionary product. Keep investing in Software Defined Networkingf (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), e.g. OpenFlow and Vyatta. And stay focused on the data center. Brocade is already #2 in data center networking, and has a real shot at taking on Cisco.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Manager in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Work Life Balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Broomfield, CO

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

    Pros

    There are workout facilities at each site and they offer yoga, kick boxing and additional classes, which helps get a person away from their desk and find time to relieve stress.

    Cons

    The work life balance is said to be a big priority but there have been reduction in force that workloads have increased and taking time off is not a reality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start allowing people to sell back their PTO since they are under too much pressure to get their tasks completed they can't afford to take time off and they end up capping out on PTO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    I feel like the people are taken care of pretty well and we mostly have what we need to get the job done.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Engineer III in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Test Engineer III in Broomfield, CO

    I have been working at Brocade Communications

    Pros

    Work with cutting edge equipment and very talented people. Work life balance is good as long as deadlines are met.

    Cons

    Much lip service to career growth but I have seen next to no movement here. Training and learning done on personal time. Schedules don't move even when quality might be at stake.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't discount our intelligence. When you stand up and say that you are promoting a work life balance and re institute a shutdown, with little to no advance warning and without changing any schedule deadlines, we know that it is going to take many Saturdays and Sundays to make up the time.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A decent place to get your career started

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO

    I have been working at Brocade Communications

    Pros

    Generous and consistent bonuses
    Relentless drive toward an ever expanding line of new products
    Great group of people

    Cons

    I no longer get a sense that the leadership of this company knows with conviction where Brocade is going. There is some obvious damage control cheer leading going on now in response to last year's failure to successfully court HP.

    A recently trimmed benefits package came several months after Forbes compiled their "Best Companies to Work For" survey.

    Lack of opportunity to advance or transition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop loosely holding your hand of cards and lay them on the table.

    No opinion of CEO

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