Brocade Communications
3.3 of 5 294 reviews
www.brocade.com San Jose, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Brocade Communications Reviews

Updated Apr 21, 2014

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75% Approve of the CEO

Brocade Communications CEO Lloyd Carney

Lloyd Carney

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67% 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 23 reviews
  • "Competivie salary and benefits, freindly work environment"
    in 21 reviews
Cons:
  • "Politics, poor work-life balance, some Sr"
    in 15 reviews
  • "senior management changes - no direction - no experience"
    in 9 reviews
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Brocade a nice place to work

ASIC Engineer (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time for more than a year

Prosvery flexible,WFH, OOO, remote work allowed- helped create relaxed atmosphere
most people are very approachable

Conssome people are hardly working there, management needs to weed those ppl out

Advice to Senior Managementrather than keep higly/experienced paid lazy people, they should encourage young energetic contributors.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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good life-work balance, lots of opportunity for growth

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time for more than a year

ProsHave many projects going on for new grads to accumulate their knowledge

Conslimited promotion space for entry level engineer because they are more likely to borrow people from acquired company and most are senior level or even higher

Advice to Senior ManagementCEO should have a clean vision on the company's future strategy instead of just encouraging people to think a change

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good company

SQA Test Engineer III (Former Employee)
Broomfield, CO

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

ProsFast paced cutting edge technology company. A dynamic medium sided company able to adapt quickly. Great products and great engineers designing them.

ConsTend to reorganize regularly. Little upward mobility unless you were interested only in people management. Education on the company's own products is nonexistent. Often have to just wing it when testing a device.
There's also a brain drain occurring which in my opinion is very dangerous for a technology company.

Advice to Senior Managementautomate automate automate

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good company to work for though hours can be long

LAN Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA

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

ProsGood Compensation
Freedom to run business in my territory in conjunction with my Territory Account Manager
Supportive Management

ConsLong Hours
Some corporate processes are still relatively inefficient

Advice to Senior ManagementWell looking at ways to optimize costs and operations, take into account the perspective of the field employees in addition to the main corporate site employees.

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Good company to work for.

Director of Architecuture (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

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

ProsIt is a welcoming atmosphere with cordial people. Time-off policies are flexible. Compensation is reasonable. Ample training opportunities.

ConsPromotions are difficult, need to be politically connected.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to reward talented employees.

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rigid old school management; were not willing to make game chancing decisions

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time

Prostime-off, hours, training, lack of hard deadlines.

Conslack of work and accountability

Advice to Senior Managementfocus on strengths and hire more competitively.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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ok not so good or bad

Staff ASIC Engineer ASIC Verification (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time for more than a year

Prosvery good package and other benifits

ConsNo visibilty of projects

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great Company

Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time for more than 5 years

ProsBrocade is a great place to learn if you are college grad or even an experienced professional. They have a great program if you would like to transfer between departments. If you are willing to take the initiative you can learn alot here.

ConsLots of unnecessary meetings and processes.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your engineers, overloading them with extra unnecessary tasks on a tight timeline is going to cause quality to drop

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Experience

Project Manager (Former Employee)
Leominster, MA

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

ProsGood pay, time off while for charity work, laptop late model

ConsBig turnover of people, not much contact with management, work life balance was bad, very little opportunity for training

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed more stability in employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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What a difference a year makes...

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Brocade Communications full-time for more than 5 years

ProsWas once a great company. Good collaboration and teamwork, smart people, a CEO who was strongly community oriented and understood that employees are the lifeblood of a company, high quality / rock solid Fiber Channel products, and fairly innovative IP products.

ConsSince the arrival of the new exec team over the past year, a culture of cronyism and fear has permeated the company. There's a complete lack of respect and transparency: outside of the new inner executive circle, everyone is treated like disposable widgets. Some will point to the nearly-doubled stock price as a counter-indicator, but it's easy to increase profitability by slashing expenses and squeezing everyone; increasing revenue requires hard work...

Many of the best have already left the company; there will almost surely be an exodus of staff in the summer after the next stock vesting and semi-annual bonus payout.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the excellent work of running a once-great company into the ground.

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

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