Brocade Communications Reviews

Updated July 19, 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. Helpful (1)

    A decent company to work for

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

    I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The pay is competitive and the benefits are decent, but what makes the company good to work for is its employees. The company is good at hiring many of the most talented people in the industry. Everyone is very capable. It's a pleasure to be surrounded by great peers. There are also plenty of learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Time off for new hires can be a problem due to the bi-annual mandatory shutdowns (Xmas and week of July 4th). The shutdowns are needed to give everyone a break. Staffing is continually paper thin and meeting schedules can be very challenging (Brocade is a schedule-driven company). Other than on-the-job training, taking advantage of the learning opportunities can also be a challenge, as there isn't a lot of free time for it. Promotion opportunities appear to be empty promises unless you are in a very visible position.

    Advice to Management

    Management is already well aware of the issues and has formulated a plan to address the current concerns. More time off flexibility during the May to August months would be helpful.


  2. Earth Shattering Change in Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

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

    Pros

    PEOPLE! In the last 2 years we have hired an amazing group of folks from engineers to CTO office and even a new CEO. The talent we have gathered is like nothing I've seen at one place in 20yrs.

    Cons

    Still small market share. New model not yet proven.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the course!! We are doing it!! Don't lose faith! ***And don't think higher stock price takes care of Compensation.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Overall a good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable revenue and deep financial pockets

    Cons

    No reward for hard work, low employee satisfaction in Gallup poll.

    Advice to Management

    Recognition based on merit rather than Favoritism


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  5. Great Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Non Technical Role
    Current Employee - Non Technical Role

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance, resources, super talented people. Company at an inflection point.....could be great....or not.

    Cons

    Not very remote-friendly, company at an inflection point......could be great...or not. Lots of change in management

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course. Make space for Strategy and expect results based on that. Trust your employees


  6. Senior software engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I have been working at Brocade Communications

    Pros

    Good to learn and get exposure for new technologies

    Cons

    devices are little limited and you may need to work insharing abasis


  7. Sales Engineer @ Brocade

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Autonomy, ability to drive your own success, great OEM relationships across vendors. Access to many levels of management. Good recognition of effort from management. Great access to product teams and peers. Small enough that you feel you make a difference. Great technology, passionate people.

    Cons

    Small so lacks influence in deals that encompass multiple technology streams. Not a household name outside of the storage industry.

    Advice to Management

    Need to influence at a global level to drive sales in the region. Brocade's brand is not well known as it is hidden behind OEM agreements.


  8. Operations

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Awesome Company to work for

    Cons

    No complaints from me. If I had to "con" something, it would be the Corporate location. Traffic is terrible.


  9. CEOs and HR offices needs to care more about the people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Most teams are very cohesive and work together well.. Great people, good long term plans and direction.

    Cons

    Cant get a feel for the CEO and HR VP... HR has gone from a great team to a shadow of what it was..

    Advice to Management

    Be fair look at survey results and what people are saying, losing good people is not a good sign


  10. Technical Lead

    Current Employee - Technical Lead in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great place to have job satisfaction.

    Cons

    Moving from team to team is not easy.

    Advice to Management

    None


  11. Full-time employee

    Current Employee - Firmware Engineer
    Current Employee - Firmware Engineer

    I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good salary and bonus, a good place to start your career in the SAN industry

    Cons

    Innovation can be encouraged and rewarded better



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