Brocade Communications

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Brocade Communications Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
382 Reviews
3.5
382 Reviews
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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.  

    A decent networking company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Fix the process and make it more streamlined.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Place To Work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brocade Communications

    Pros

    Good work culture and work-life balance.
    Good visibility among teams.

    Cons

    Don't have proper planed future goal,
    Focused target to achieve.
    Not much issues on engineer level.
    OS for the product is worst.
    Company should start using all open sources technology .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improvement over Cons.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work

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

    I have been working at Brocade Communications

    Pros

    Knowledgeable people, team environment, good pay, and a company in the midst of an industry in change

    Cons

    Can be political, no upward mobility (for myself), very process-driven (can be good and bad)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the silo mentality, focus more on the execution and value creation and less on the planning

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company with a great Leader!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Jose, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Brocade Communications as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great products and happy employees. Positive work environment and has the energy of a start up. They offer many classes to learn while working.

    Cons

    Sometimes Directors cannot see the value of an employee on their team and make unfit decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check your Directors spending budgets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Overall a very good company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ASIC Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - ASIC Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Brocade Communications full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Senior managers are easy to work with and they do listen to you

    Cons

    FC is a niche market so the domain knowledge is less likely to apply to new job

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Top executives leaving in droves. What is going on?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ASIC Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - ASIC Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Brocade Communications

    Pros

    Nice campus, gym and a good cafe. Seems very laid back. Competitive salaries.

    Cons

    Three VPs from Ops quit.
    Two VPs from Engg. quit.
    Long time Distinguished Engineer quit.
    Sr. Dr. Product Mgmt. quit.
    SE's leaving/moving out.
    Many and many engineers are leaving/quit.
    Rumors are that VDX (Ethernet Fabric) product line is canned or going to be canned after the last box release.
    There is no road-map for MLX after the recent security upgrade.
    Federal business has been a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What's going on? The stock is at it's highest ever and why the churn? The stock price couldn't be just based on hype? Is it?

    No revenues from software business until 2016 and no solid road-map for the hardware business? Bleeding the hardware business to death by de-investing doesn't make sense. Wait, I get it. All the short term hype and bottom line focus is to rise the stock price up so you can exit profitably?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Place To work at

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brocade Communications

    Pros

    Competitive Salary with stocks doing good!

    Cons

    Bad work-life balance and less number of people in few teams

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Very good software very bad hardware company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ASIC Verification in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - ASIC Verification in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Brocade Communications

    Pros

    Very good salary perks everthing but no pipeline of projects in hardware

    Cons

    no projects and no self developed asics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    good compensation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Comp is competitive to industry. Benefits are not that great. Company is doing well but need to show leadership in ethernet business. Lot of industry stalwarts in emerging technologies are coming to brocade.

    Cons

    company is going through a lot of transition and is at cross roads. work life balance needs to improve. very aggressive schedules

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Software engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brocade Communications

    Pros

    Good work life balance, chance to work on diversified options,competitive pay and holidays

    Cons

    Tighter deadlines, management is strict with respect to releases.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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