Brocade Communications Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
334 Reviews

3.3
334 Reviews
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Brocade Communications CEO Lloyd Carney
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Pros
  • Trying to live upto it's name, good work-life balance(at least it has an onsite gym) (in 31 reviews)

  • Competivie salary and benefits, freindly work environment (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance,benefits, work focused mainly on reation (in 16 reviews)

  • senior management changes - no direction - no experience (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Product Program Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brocade Communications

    Pros

    Great Data-Company to work for...

    Cons

    Not much to complain about at Brocade...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training is required

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Plymouth, MN
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Plymouth, MN

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, pay is pretty good, and company culture is great.

    Cons

    As an engineer groups are small and a lot is expected of you

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Review

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    Current Employee - Pre-Sales Systems Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Pre-Sales Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent Corporate culture and the ability to excel in your career is fairly easy.

    Cons

    Leader in Fibre Channel which is not a fast growing market

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good Place to work

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Reasonable salary. Good work-life balance. Good facilities. Engineering centric company compared to similar sized companies

    Cons

    Thought future roadmap is clear, it's not clear how to reach there. Management seems laid back. There is no aggressiveness from the management and engineers for the products that Brocade is far behind.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Mixed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brocade Communications full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Had the opportunity to work on different technologies.

    Cons

    Brocade used to be a lot of fun before. I was with them a long time. It is all about the management. When management changes, the culture of the company changes. Some time for the better. But here it went in the opposite direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are like the asset to any company. Be fair.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Low morale but great benefits. A safe place for lower profile regular folks

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    Former Employee - NPI PM  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - NPI PM in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice building, fun community activities, solid employee benefits with competitive salary scale. Fair work/life balance overall.

    Cons

    Lacking and weak: leadership, measurable performance, management skill, corporate image, long term innovating technology roadmap. Prefer Mr/Ms Yes rather than those who is daring to make a difference and think outside the box.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the office politic between the departmental VP. Base promotion and review on performance and accomplishment. Have real town hall discussion with employees. Keep the talent. Have strong HR team who actually do the jobs supporting the current employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A lot of change and turmoil

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Salaries are very competitive with good benefits, bonus structure and stock plans.
    Most of the people there are great.

    Cons

    Way too much politicking and land grabbing.
    CEO changed during my time there, so there was a huge change in executive management. That created a lot of turmoil throughout the company. The CEO announcing right after he started that they would cut cost by $100M turned the place into a revolving door for individual contributors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would guess that things are settling down now and may in fact be a good place to work again.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    "Great for investors, not so for employees"

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    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst/Software Developer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst/Software Developer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Consistent bonuses, and a pretty decent ESPP for a while.
    I work with some really smart and fun people!

    Cons

    Where do I begin? New management hasn't shown the ability to improve shareholder value by increasing revenues from sales. Instead, it's all one-trick-pony cost reduction, heavily reinforced by offshoring (which they seem to be very proud of). Morale is at an all-time low since I came here ten years ago, and attrition is very noticeable and having a detrimental impact in engineering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company's are indeed people. Show you care about your employees, and not just the bottom line and bragging about how you can get 2.5 contractors in India for every one employee in America.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Folks in the company currently working to create revenues - run as fast as you can.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Investing heavily into software business. Join here if you can - your job may be safe (until you look outside).

    Cons

    The software business seems to be loaded with folks who talk big.

    De-investing in the traditional business - perhaps explains the lack of empathy towards employees who built the company. The new CEO and his new senior management seem to be bent on putting their stamp.

    It doesn't really matter what products and innovation are created at Brocade (software or hardware). Brocade sales and marketing teams are clueless on how to sell innovation, and gutless to lead and sell differentiated products (not to mention some really lazy marketing folks amongst a very small minority of well intentioned ones).

    At best Brocade will become a me too and fast follower company like old Foundry. Not sure if that works in IP networking anymore. Arista seems to taken that lead from Foundry.

    It's funny that the only thing they seemed to have innovated even on FC side is increase the speeds. Sure. This will help when every startup out there is hell bent on making SANs history at worst, or irrelevant at best.

    With no real innovation and unproven (or yet to be proven) software business - Brocade is beginning to spiral down. It's only a matter of time (1-2yr most).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lot of smooth talking, no proven track record, snake oil types have taken over. Can you separate wheat from the chafe? Have you done it before at this size of the company facing the challenges Brocade faces? Stop the charade.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to learn diverse product lines minimal movement

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Brocade Communications full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    As being part of an acquired company, the company I was with gave great options and a good salary. You worked on leading edge products and features.

    Cons

    Expected long hours,
    expected late hours of work
    lack of options/incentives from Brocade
    little ability to move between product families
    Rehashed products no longer bleading edge just cheaper lower price points as of the past several years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay ahead of the curve on leading edge technology and features
    Focus on broadening portfolios SDN is only a small start
    Balance work life/home life with incentives - you can not demand startup like hours without startup like incentives
    Cross pollination and the ability to learn and move between product divisions
    Leverage assets across divisions

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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