Brocade Communications Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
335 Reviews

3.3
335 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 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.  

    Never thought it could happen here

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    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Brocade still pays above average compensation in this market and the benefits (RSUs, bonuses, vacation, etc) are very good compared to other large companies. If you have a good manager, it can be a decent place to work.

    Cons

    New senior exec think they're changing to company around to "a new definition of success". That's a great sound bite but they're not fooling anyone. Tick tock!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    A lot of turmoil

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Great technology. They allow time off for working for a charity.

    Cons

    This company has been poorly managed. They bought an IP networking company, (Foundry Networks) for about the same price as the market cap of this company. It turned out to be a big drain on the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do actions to slow the turnover of the company. Most of my former leadership only worked at companies for a year and then move on.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    lack of work and accountability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on strengths and hire more competitively.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company to work for though hours can be long

    Current Employee - LAN Systems Engineer  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - LAN Systems Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Long Hours
    Some corporate processes are still relatively inefficient

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well 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.

  6.  

    Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Brocade 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.

    Cons

    Lots of unnecessary meetings and processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    What a difference a year makes...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Was 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.

    Cons

    Since 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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the excellent work of running a once-great company into the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    ok not so good or bad

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

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

    Pros

    very good package and other benifits

    Cons

    No visibilty of projects

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great run at an innovative company attempting to find their next win

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    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Brocade 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.

    Cons

    Brocade 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Growth company focused on Customer Experience

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    Current Employee - Sales Operations  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Operations in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time

    Pros

    Great Leadership, vision and momentum!!!!

    Cons

    Short on resources can make it challenging to meet the demands

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Balance Demands against return to ensure efficient utilization of resources

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company to work for,

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Products, people and benefits are some of the best. Promotes a culture of giving back to the community by providing 40 hours of volunteer time off annually

    Cons

    No significant downsides to working at Brocade

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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