Brocade Communications

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Brocade Communications Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
340 Reviews
3.3
340 Reviews
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Brocade Communications CEO Lloyd Carney
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86 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Trying to live upto it's name, good work-life balance(at least it has an onsite gym) (in 31 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Love this place!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time

    Pros

    great place to work. great team. Good management.

    Cons

    Nothing to say here ....

  2.  

    Leader in their market with bonuses to match

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Brocade Communications full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Bonus plan during the boom times were phenomenal. Time off and work life balance were reasonable. Upper management had visionary plans

    Cons

    Bonuses were cut back when they realize they were very generous. Visionary plans didn't quite work out (Foundry acquisition). Management culture expected some deep technical knowledge even from staff in non-technical positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acquistion by bigger companies not going to be easy because there are few competitors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A company on the way up

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brocade Communications

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are very good. Excellent opportunities for training

    Cons

    ongoing expense management efforts are problematic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    there is mroe to life than driving the share price

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Top talent, dedicated people to work with and a good innovative product line -- that means growth and opportunity

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer

    I have been working at Brocade Communications as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They asked and my homework indicated it was a solid choice

    Cons

    fast paced, demanding (spoiled?) customers, a wide range of product choices to embrace

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what you are doing - which include future proofing and diligent seeking of opportunities, then acting on what is actionable nimbly and effectively - not afraid to take some reasonable risks for mutual advantages

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Product Program Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brocade Communications

    Pros

    Great Data-Company to work for...

    Cons

    Not much to complain about at Brocade...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training is required

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Brocade had a world class ASIC department before the company decided to downsize the department.

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    Former Employee - Staff ASIC Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Staff ASIC Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Brocade Communications full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Competitive compensation. Nice campus. Reasonable work/life balance. Friendly and accommodating department management. Civilized work environment. Better software opportunities than ASIC/FPGA.

    Cons

    The ASIC department and projects have been scaled down. Company is very conscious about ASIC development costs and hesitant to make the investment. Hopefully there will be new projects in the future but as of now, there is more emphasis on merchant silicon. Software prospects should be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is hard to keep good ASIC/FPGA engineers in the company without a road map for internally developed projects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Plymouth, MN
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Plymouth, MN

    I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, pay is pretty good, and company culture is great.

    Cons

    As an engineer groups are small and a lot is expected of you

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Review

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    Current Employee - Pre-Sales Systems Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Pre-Sales Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent Corporate culture and the ability to excel in your career is fairly easy.

    Cons

    Leader in Fibre Channel which is not a fast growing market

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Place to work

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Reasonable salary. Good work-life balance. Good facilities. Engineering centric company compared to similar sized companies

    Cons

    Thought future roadmap is clear, it's not clear how to reach there. Management seems laid back. There is no aggressiveness from the management and engineers for the products that Brocade is far behind.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Mixed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Had the opportunity to work on different technologies.

    Cons

    Brocade used to be a lot of fun before. I was with them a long time. It is all about the management. When management changes, the culture of the company changes. Some time for the better. But here it went in the opposite direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are like the asset to any company. Be fair.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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