Brocade Communications

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Updated Jul 27, 2014

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3.3 323 reviews

68% Approve of the CEO

Brocade Communications CEO Lloyd Carney

Lloyd Carney

(79 ratings)

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 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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    Great people, but overworked due to understaffing

    Technical Support Engineer (Current Employee) Plymouth, MN

    ProsGreat people. Good benefits (401k, ESPP, Bonus Program). The products are great and fun to work on. You will learn a ton if you are just starting your career.

    Cons-Understaffed in my particular group
    -Workers who excel are not rewarded enough to stay at company
    -Lazy workers not held accountable

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward excelling employees; make them want to stay with company. Staff according to high turnover (which is the nature of IT), otherwise teams fall apart.

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

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    Good place to learn diverse product lines minimal movement

    QA Engineer (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsAs being part of an acquired company, the company I was with gave great options and a good salary. You worked on leading edge products and features.

    ConsExpected long hours,
    expected late hours of work
    lack of options/incentives from Brocade
    little ability to move between product families
    Rehashed products no longer bleading edge just cheaper lower price points as of the past several years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStay ahead of the curve on leading edge technology and features
    Focus on broadening portfolios SDN is only a small start
    Balance work life/home life with incentives - you can not demand startup like hours without startup like incentives
    Cross pollination and the ability to learn and move between product divisions
    Leverage assets across divisions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Big goals but weak leadership

    Manager (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    Pros1. Corporate headquarters facility is very nice and modern
    2. Salary is mostly competitive
    3. Decent work-life balance, for those who want it
    4. Most of the individual contributor employees are very nice

    Cons1. Leaders have big goals but have made little progress moving into and through the changes which they espouse
    2. Their go-to-market (sales and marketing) execution is weak and flawed, mostly characterized by adding new senior leaders but without needed organizational changes and culture improvements
    3. Huge emphasis on frugality and purchasing slows people from being able to do activities that enable the market gains needed to execute on the vision - many employees believe this is because the company is actually being set up to be acquired
    4. Leadership team is mostly comprised of people from smaller companies with no industry reputation - therefore they are not very influential and lack the ability to "change the industry" (their claimed goal)

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood luck on your new market/customer strategies - please consider bringing in people who know these customer segments better, and not just at the most senior level.

    Some of the business changes that you are attempting to accomplish will require best-in-class talent. However, your lack of concern about employee engagement will hurt your ability to achieve those business goals, as the smartest and best employees will leave quickly and you will only be left with those who are comfortably unmotivated.

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

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    Good pay, Good benefits with a stable company

    Software Test Engineer (Current Employee) Broomfield, CO

    ProsBenefits 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Seems like the new management is no longer interested in building the company

    Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsBrocade used to be a good place to work as an engineer, but it is no longer.

    ConsThe management cannot execute in hyper competitive and commoditizing IP networking business.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSplit the IP and SAN businesses. Let the IP business prove it can be profitable on its own.

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

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    it is another silicon valley tech company with fairly talented engineering team

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    Prosgood gym and cafe, good pay, in particular the bonus.

    Conspolitics are tolerated and somewhat encouraged.

    Advice to Senior Managementdont know what to suggest. it is hard to run a company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice company to work for

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsNice benefits - good bonus and ESPP, health insurance, education assistance, 401k and good work. Has on site Gym at San Jose campus. Good location.

    Conswork life balance not great. Need better time-off policies. Some managers have poor people management skills. 401k match can be improved.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop laying off people.

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

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    Great company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsOpen door policy, work-life balance, great benefits

    ConsToo much management layers for small groups. Lots of contractors and outsourcing

    Advice to Senior ManagementGrow the company and increase the stock value.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Too big for their own good, made a mess of the Foundry acquisition.

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsFC market is still growing, that is their bread and butter. Try to do things in a big company way, nice new campus, gym facilities onsite.

    Bonus is good at times because of good profit margins.

    ConsStagnation, engineering is riddled with politics and favoritism. You cannot grow unless you play the favoritism and become a yes-man. Engineering VPs will make you work weekends just because they need to look good. Any growth and career opportunities are stifled by immediate managers. HR policy is not conducive to move within Brocade.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReview pay for those who deserve it, review the engineering management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Brocade

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSeemed like a company that genuinely cared about it's employees and employee moral. Compensation is pretty good. Benefits are good. Education is supported and encouraged.

    ConsThere is little opportunity for advancement if you work remotely and not at the corporate headquarters. Layoffs are dictated by the market. You have a stable job until the day you don't.

    Advice to Senior Managementbe more open and honest with direct reports.

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