Brocade Communications Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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  1. Amazing place to work

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

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

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

    Pros

    Awesome Salary, Perks and Great People to work with.

    Cons

    there was nothing which needed any major change

    Advice to Management

    Just keep doing what you are doing


  2. Decent place overall

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Not too small, not too big. Culture is fairly open, most people are pretty approachable. The environment is fairly laid back.

    Cons

    Don't have much innovation or grodnd-breaking products. Leadership is caught in sustaining a run-rate business...

    Advice to Management

    Create an innovation lab, let people spend 10-15% of their time on new ideas, innovation. People can be very resourceful if they have opportunities to think out of the box.


  3. Not too bad - not great either!

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

    I have been working at Brocade Communications

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Management does not have a realistic vision.

    Advice to Management

    Need to get more organized with realistic timelines.


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  5. Stuck in the 90s

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits Revenue growing, business expanding Stock price climbing

    Cons

    Not much flexibility Old school, baby-boomer managers Lack of trust, if you're not seen with your butt in your seat then you're not working Employees recruited from big companies have established big company bureaucracy at Brocade Loud, open environment Dated laptops and lack of good equipment in general to do your job Lots of hurry up and wait, especially in the software space

    Advice to Management

    If you want to retain and recruit talented folks, especially Millennials, ditch the 90s management style and provide some progressive benefits and work flexibility. People are leaving for more progressive companies in droves.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work!

    • 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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great Management team, really refreshing after having worked at HP. Pragmatic, Growth driven, strategic, but focused at making the business work. Very Professional, Positive environment. Collaborative, but not consensus decision making. Lots of VERY bright people (Ex CISCO), who wanted a politics-free environment to innovate and be entrepreneurial in.

    Cons

    Very focused at being in SanJose. Not used to working in a multi-location business with Lync and teleconferencing. It's personal relationships and face to face meetings. Refreshing change from 24x7 Telecons, but some times I'd like to spend more time working from home ;-)

    Advice to Management

    Data Center, SDN/NFV and traditional networking selling into Service Provider and Enterprise Networking. Complete solutions, need to emphasize the foundational markets as well as the cool new innovative strategic directions.


  7. Manager, Systems Engineering

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineering Manager in Mars, PA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineering Manager in Mars, PA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great collaboration between Pre-sales teams and Product Management. Progressive thinking, with the move toward SDN and acquisitions to help get us there quicker. Great leadership team, now that we've brought in an ex engineer as our CEO vs a sales guy, things are moving in the right direction.

    Cons

    Spotty code quality can cause a lot of work for the pre-sales teams, though it's getting better. Name recognition, or lack there of, when trying to sell into the business world.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the movement toward SDN/NFV active. Figure out how to prepare your sales SE's for selling and demoing Python based SDN apps. We're network engineers, not code developers.


  8. It was ok.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Facilities are good when moved to new building

    Cons

    Management politics is very bad


  9. Helpful (4)

    A great place to retire in place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Brocade Communications

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice facility, great food, health club, good work life balance

    Cons

    Little drive or push for excellence. Endless meeting and little employee empowerment.


  10. Team Lead and Lead Developer

    • 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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly Environment can be identified from Helpdesk to high level management Do not care any thing as long as their work is done with excellent quality Strong functional knowledge on Sales, SCM Domain of BA's would make our job Easy and very cooperative Respective

    Cons

    Very Very minor but need not to be considered

    Advice to Management

    Keep great work going


  11. It was a good place...until it was time to leave

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Content Development Manager, Brocade University
    Former Employee - Content Development Manager, Brocade University

    I worked at Brocade Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, sharp co-workers, good dedication to customers, good products, nice headquarters facility, good support for working from home.

    Cons

    I was there 11 years, and work/life balance was always a problem. High-tech company, so regular product churn. Culture had changed significantly. Senior management wasn't sufficiently nimble.



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