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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85 Ratings

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.  

    Very good experience overall

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time

    Pros

    Cutting edge technologies, worldclass campus, good work life balance

    Cons

    Not a great compensation, growth becomes stagnant after spending more years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please provide proper roadmap

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Global Escalation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Escalation Lead  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Escalation Lead in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward Technical people

    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Headless chickens

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

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

    Pros

    there are none - it's a disaster

    Cons

    senior management changes - no direction - no experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get other jobs - or learn the company you're in before you go changing things based on your past experience of OTHER companies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Leading edge technology company - great compensation

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology
    Hard work is rewarded

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unmotivated and lack of opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    - excellent work life balance
    - stock has been increasing
    - people are easy to work with
    - bonuses are good - makes up for the base salary

    Cons

    - cost cutting has made employees unmotivated to work
    - there aren't a lot of opportunities to work on exciting projects or to get promoted
    - mandatory shut downs twice a year
    - orgs are working in silos

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    motivate your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Work hard.

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

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

    Pros

    always expose to new technology

    Cons

    need to work with people in different time zone

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working in Broacde almost 3 years

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    good place to work, good people , good benefits salary bonus stocks , nice fitness center and several oracle products to work on.

    Cons

    No recognition or appreciation to individuals great work/performance- decision making and certain business communications are not transparent by your manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent in decision making and recognizing the team members who deserves it rather than just taking credit of others work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Brocade was in change mode...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Services Director  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Services Director in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Good technology, good culture, pay was in line with the big boys

    Cons

    Management had a tendency to go dark… Suddenly two quarters would go by and the field had little idea what the Big picture at Brocade was all about

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better middle managers...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    At What Cost Savings to the Bottom Line?

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Brocade Communications

    Pros

    Nice Campus, NIce Gym, Nice Cafeteria,

    Cons

    There was always concern about "Work/Life" balance, yet with the reductions the remaining staff are doing one and a half or twice the workload, and maintain the same goals and objectives; and are expected to meet or exceed expectations. Some of the remaining staff had to work through weekends to get their jobs completed and meet quarter end requirements.

    Have received calls from previous colleagues asking for references, as they have had enough.

    Bonus's are a great motivator but are discretionary, so regardless of how well you have done, the multiplier factor is completely up to your boss. They don't need to give you any bonus regardless of how well you did against your goals and objectives.

    There seems to be a ongoing requirement to "grow" the employees; but what if you have a hard worker and satisfied employee and they are happy in their current position, and are doing a great job?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The entire middle management and senior management staff needs to take a long look downline. The people who want to leave now and asking for references are those people that have some of the longest years of service and are the hardest workers. These are also people in vital positions; but the question needs to be asked; what happens when they leave and there is no one to train others in these vital positions?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Marketing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great products
    Bright and smart people
    Outstanding Campus
    Great partners that sell the company products
    Outstanding VTO programs and contributions

    Cons

    Need to be more strategic as well as tactical focusing on short term revenue
    More career opportunities for employees to grow
    More simplified processes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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