Brocade Communications
3.3 of 5 288 reviews
www.brocade.com San Jose, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Brocade Communications Reviews

Updated Apr 10, 2014

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77% 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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Review Highlights

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:
  • "No work life Balance, Micro Management, Lot of projects gets stopped, Not good stock options"
    in 13 reviews
  • "Senior management was a bit of a problem"
    in 8 reviews
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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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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 run at an innovative company attempting to find their next win

Program Manager (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA

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

ProsBrocade is the indisputable leader in SAN technologies and solutions. Brocade roadmap and product vision are competitive to market leading. The company is in a contending position in the consolidated networking space.

ConsBrocade is undergoing a transformation. New management is attempting to drive into the uncharted territory of SDN/NFV and is betting the company. There are many areas of pain currently with serial RIFFs etc. and much political "activity".

Advice to Senior ManagementPick a direction, define the process for execution and execute. Constant changes are draining talent and motivation for those that stay.

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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Growth company focused on Customer Experience

Sales Operations (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time

ProsGreat Leadership, vision and momentum!!!!

ConsShort on resources can make it challenging to meet the demands

Advice to Senior ManagementBalance Demands against return to ensure efficient utilization of resources

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

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Global Escalation

Escalation Lead (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA

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

ProsGood people, great environment, some of the individuals are very knowledgable

ConsToo many levels of Managers. The management should take feedback about the Managers level of expertise from the employees

Advice to Senior ManagementReward Technical people

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Work hard.

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

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

Prosalways expose to new technology

Consneed to work with people in different time zone

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

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Leading edge technology company - great compensation

Director (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA

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

ProsCutting edge technology
Hard work is rewarded

ConsPolitics, poor work-life balance, some Sr. Management does micro-management

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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