Brocade Communications

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Brocade Communications Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
345 Reviews
3.3
345 Reviews
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Brocade Communications CEO Lloyd Carney
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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 35 reviews)

  • Competivie salary and benefits, freindly work environment (in 23 reviews)


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

    Bait and Switch, Immature Management Team, Tactics before Strategy

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    Current Employee - Director  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great People, Great for Work Life Balance

    Cons

    New CEO & Management team is recruiting from outside so if your hoping to get promoted into a better role - think again. Company is focused on tactics and no - NFV isn't the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build your focus on the people, stop hiring in executives, get a strategy. Don't let the CEO (flying first class) speak at an all hands about frugality on the purchasing of Lobsters for board meetings while the rest of the employee's suffer

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    So so place to work for. So much politic.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brocade Communications

    Pros

    Nice offices to rest at lunch time.

    Cons

    Few people really work. Awards go to who can talk and please the boss.

  3.  

    Ok Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Brocade Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Competitive compensation which included a very good bonus program. Generous PTO system which was adjusted a bit down over time. Large enough company to be stable, yet small enough that you still feel like you can make a real impact there.

    Cons

    Groups act in a somewhat silo fashion. Foundry acquisition proved to not pay off as the business had hoped. Can be a bit ruthless of a place to work. It takes a strong willed person to thrive in this environment. Base pay a bit below market, made up somewhat by the generous incentives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more efforts on career coaching and development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sliding Quickly into Oblivion...

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Compensation, campus, cafe, SAN Products.
    Nice gym.
    Nice parking structure.

    Cons

    New Management has the company on a downward spiral. Cost cutting is gutting the core programs that once made Brocade great. Attrition is high, with another wave to happen this summer after bonuses are paid.
    Strategy is vague. New technology is interesting, but lacks real world application today. Marketing is a disaster. Goodbye status quo and goodbye Brocade.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find the next best buyer and sell the SAN business to preserve it. Reduce the size of the SW business unit and focus only on NFV. Forget about Fabrics, you don't have pockets deep enough to compete there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Get your acts together. People matters!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Once a great company. If you are looking for a storage job, brocade gives you a great brand. Ex-employees are successful in what they did later in career and you will be looked at the same angle.

    Cons

    Senior engineering management is clueless and mostly political. Severe attrition in engineering management is the proof. No one complains while leaving, that just means they are numb after last few months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire new executive engineering team that is people/community oriented. Enough money has been already saved by senseless layoffs and goalless cost cutting. Now let us save the people who are left. Let go the political management and keep the honest ones who really want to keep business as a priority.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Pay and Benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager  in  Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Broomfield, CO

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

    Pros

    Pay is very good, vacation days is great, and benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Lotsa overtime for all. You have tons of vacation but just can't use it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs better work/life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - A65e38f4@opayq.com  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - A65e38f4@opayq.com in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Leaders of SAN domain; nice facility with gym

    Cons

    none so far that i consider discussing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Overall, a great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brocade Communications

    Pros

    Mature processes, good collaboration, great opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Some siloed processes, somewhat political while i was there

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Bring up the blade, load FPGA,LLI,QCN, Nfdiag,nos...

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    Former Employee - Enginerring Lab Technician  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Enginerring Lab Technician in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Brocade Communications as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Personal growth, great benefits,employee encouraged to join company organization

    Cons

    Work-life balance,benefits, work focused mainly on reation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Brocade a nice place to work

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    Current Employee - ASIC Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - ASIC Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    rather than keep higly/experienced paid lazy people, they should encourage young energetic contributors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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