Brocade Communications Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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Brocade Communications CEO Lloyd Carney
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Pros
  • there is decent work-life balance (in 37 reviews)

  • Excellent Work environment and Work culture (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance gets affected (in 18 reviews)

  • Senior management was a bit of a problem (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Good place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great Management team, really refreshing after having worked at HP.
    Pragmatic, Growth driven, strategic, but focused at making the business work.
    Very Professional, Positive environment. Collaborative, but not consensus decision making.
    Lots of VERY bright people (Ex CISCO), who wanted a politics-free environment to innovate and be entrepreneurial in.

    Cons

    Very focused at being in SanJose. Not used to working in a multi-location business with Lync and teleconferencing. It's personal relationships and face to face meetings. Refreshing change from 24x7 Telecons, but some times I'd like to spend more time working from home ;-)

    Advice to Management

    Data Center, SDN/NFV and traditional networking selling into Service Provider and Enterprise Networking. Complete solutions, need to emphasize the foundational markets as well as the cool new innovative strategic directions.


  2. Manager, Systems Engineering

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineering Manager in Mars, PA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineering Manager in Mars, PA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great collaboration between Pre-sales teams and Product Management. Progressive thinking, with the move toward SDN and acquisitions to help get us there quicker. Great leadership team, now that we've brought in an ex engineer as our CEO vs a sales guy, things are moving in the right direction.

    Cons

    Spotty code quality can cause a lot of work for the pre-sales teams, though it's getting better. Name recognition, or lack there of, when trying to sell into the business world.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the movement toward SDN/NFV active. Figure out how to prepare your sales SE's for selling and demoing Python based SDN apps. We're network engineers, not code developers.


  3. Team Lead and Lead Developer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Brocade Communications

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly Environment can be identified from Helpdesk to high level management
    Do not care any thing as long as their work is done with excellent quality
    Strong functional knowledge on Sales, SCM Domain of BA's would make our job Easy and very cooperative
    Respective

    Cons

    Very Very minor but need not to be considered

    Advice to Management

    Keep great work going


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  5. Helpful (1)

    A great place to retire in place

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Brocade Communications

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice facility, great food, health club, good work life balance

    Cons

    Little drive or push for excellence. Endless meeting and little employee empowerment.


  6. It was a good place...until it was time to leave

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Content Development Manager, Brocade University
    Former Employee - Content Development Manager, Brocade University

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, sharp co-workers, good dedication to customers, good products, nice headquarters facility, good support for working from home.

    Cons

    I was there 11 years, and work/life balance was always a problem. High-tech company, so regular product churn. Culture had changed significantly. Senior management wasn't sufficiently nimble.


  7. great place

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great place to work, great people

    Cons

    Don’t really have any cons


  8. Senior Software Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    ESPP
    Ongoing Stocks
    Flexible work timings
    Yearly cash bonus pretty decent

    Cons

    Not a good place for application software development. Limited job options to change within Brocade.

    Growth aspects from Senior Manager to Director very limited


  9. Helpful (1)

    Company not going anywhere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brocade Communications full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great campus, great work/life balance, they still own the fibre channel market and always will (and that market isn't going away despite FUD to the contrary).

    Cons

    Management is more concerned about getting whatever revenue they can out of existing products rather than innovating with new products. They have not had any real success growing beyond the core fibre channel business; none of their many attempts have really taken off.

    Advice to Management

    Trim down the engineering and ops teams to trim the weight, and focus on new innovation instead of resting on laurels.


  10. Product Marketing Manager

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

    I worked at Brocade Communications

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. Great skills. OK products.

    Cons

    Management gets in the way, often. Lack of focus.

    Advice to Management

    Find a leader you can all rally around. Get moving! Raise that stock price.


  11. Executive Support

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good people, nice campus, great executive staff.

    Cons

    Not enough staff to support everyone. Cutbacks are always to the IT deparment. Cafe food isnt that great.

    Advice to Management

    Please hire more people in IT.



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