Brocade Communications Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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Brocade Communications CEO Lloyd Carney
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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. Intern

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Brocade Communications as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Close-knit, plenty of opportunity to try other responsibilities, intern program is well-organized, lots of opportunity to meet people across the company in all roles

    Cons

    Food is somewhat expensive,

  2. Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance and strong aspects of growth

    Cons

    Management has to motivate employees

  3. Good Work Experience @ Brocade

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    Former Employee - Account Director in Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Account Director in Remote, OR

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Heading to the right areas of the market to lead for future growth. Rewarded for performance.

    Cons

    Lean on Field Resources; Sales & Pre-Sales Technical Support

    Advice to Management

    Keep the motion to Software Defined Networks

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  5. Great benefits but poor people management.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time

    Pros

    The Benefits are great! Volunteer time off, tuition reimbursement, 5 Weeks Vacation for 10 year + employees and great onsite fitness center.

    Cons

    It just seems that Brocade is becoming like what I've heard of Cisco. The mentality from management seems to be that people are expendable and that there are 15 more lined up for that job so just deal with the sizable load that should be relegated to two+ employees.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are one of your number 1 assets and many have devoted countless hours into your company. Treat them well and don't just let the cost cutting bottom line mentality rule your decisions or it will come back to bite you in the end.

  6. Good place to work

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

    I have been working at Brocade Communications (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good leader with improved vision
    Good salaries

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for software networking enggs

    Advice to Management

    nothing

  7. Helpful (1)

    Brocade - Very Employee friendly company

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    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer

    I worked at Brocade Communications

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    During my tenure of my career at Brocade, I found that the company is very employee friendly. During recessions, while other companies were doing pay cuts and layoffs in 2008-2009, Brocade gave bonuses as long as it could, and instead of paycut, did something called MUTO - Mandatory Unpaid Time Out (like 5 days of unpaid vacation that was like a win-win situation for both employees and company). It also encourages a lot of physical exercise for the health of the employees, provides a fantastic gym with several free trainer packages, etc. Is a go-green company, and also has philanthropy in mind, and helps out a lot of causes. Also provides 5 days of voluntary leave for the employees to do some volunteering activity.

    Ofcourse, all this was under the leadership of the CTO at that time, who was Michael Klayko. I wonder if the situation still remained the same after the change of leadership to Lloyd Carney

    Cons

    One and only Con - Politics, both inter and intra group politics

  8. Helpful (1)

    Sales Ops analyst for Sales Tools and Processes. Responsible for software tool enhancements and process efficiencies.

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    Current Employee - Sales Operations in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Sales Operations in Broomfield, CO

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Freedom to make an impact and challenge myself at every turn

    Cons

    Investing in Sales processes and efficiencies

  9. Brocade review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This company has strong upper management team.

    Cons

    The middle management is incompetent.

  10. A decent networking company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Brocade is embracing open source and heading in a new direction, from being a mere Hardware company to a software based company.

    Cons

    Relies heavily on processes, some of which are broken.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the process and make it more streamlined.

  11. Helpful (1)

    ASIC Engineer

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

    I worked at Brocade Communications

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good technology and product line

    Cons

    Bad work life balance, management doesnt recognize employees value, raises happen only if some one comes with an offer and resign

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