Brocade Communications Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. Good Work Experience @ Brocade

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Director in Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Account Director in Remote, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Heading to the right areas of the market to lead for future growth. Rewarded for performance.

    Cons

    Lean on Field Resources; Sales & Pre-Sales Technical Support

    Advice to Management

    Keep the motion to Software Defined Networks


  2. Helpful (2)

    Great benefits but poor people management.

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

    I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time

    Pros

    The Benefits are great! Volunteer time off, tuition reimbursement, 5 Weeks Vacation for 10 year + employees and great onsite fitness center.

    Cons

    It just seems that Brocade is becoming like what I've heard of Cisco. The mentality from management seems to be that people are expendable and that there are 15 more lined up for that job so just deal with the sizable load that should be relegated to two+ employees.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are one of your number 1 assets and many have devoted countless hours into your company. Treat them well and don't just let the cost cutting bottom line mentality rule your decisions or it will come back to bite you in the end.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Employees' treatment are important. Depends on who is your director...

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

    I worked at Brocade Communications full-time

    Pros

    I was fortunate to be hired by a trustful director. I was well coached and learnt well about the organization. A year later, the director moved on and left his organization to be back filled by a senior manager.who was aggressive, impatient and not trusting his team members. The company offers good benefits.

    Cons

    People are important, They can bring out success, productivity and motivation or demotivation and take down your morale. For most of our roles in our group (>12 people), there are no exceptions to work remotely even though we supported the field people who are based away from all over the US and Canada. It is certainly odd for a networking company not to have a fair practice for telecommuting. It all depended on the organization and department. Many people worked very hard and dedicated but they were not well recognized..


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  5. Good place to work

    • 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brocade Communications (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good leader with improved vision Good salaries

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for software networking enggs

    Advice to Management

    nothing


  6. Helpful (1)

    Brocade - Very Employee friendly company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    During my tenure of my career at Brocade, I found that the company is very employee friendly. During recessions, while other companies were doing pay cuts and layoffs in 2008-2009, Brocade gave bonuses as long as it could, and instead of paycut, did something called MUTO - Mandatory Unpaid Time Out (like 5 days of unpaid vacation that was like a win-win situation for both employees and company). It also encourages a lot of physical exercise for the health of the employees, provides a fantastic gym with several free trainer packages, etc. Is a go-green company, and also has philanthropy in mind, and helps out a lot of causes. Also provides 5 days of voluntary leave for the employees to do some volunteering activity. Ofcourse, all this was under the leadership of the CTO at that time, who was Michael Klayko. I wonder if the situation still remained the same after the change of leadership to Lloyd Carney

    Cons

    One and only Con - Politics, both inter and intra group politics


  7. Helpful (3)

    Finance

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    NONE: It use to be a decent place to work.

    Cons

    Terrible upper management. They are so full of them self's, not supporting at all, too micro-management. Too many Chiefs not enough Indians.

    Advice to Management

    Need to clean up 2nd tear management. Some so called managers do not have any direct reports. Just to give them the title.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Sales Ops analyst for Sales Tools and Processes. Responsible for software tool enhancements and process efficiencies.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Operations in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Sales Operations in Broomfield, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to make an impact and challenge myself at every turn

    Cons

    Investing in Sales processes and efficiencies


  9. Helpful (1)

    Brocade review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    This company has strong upper management team.

    Cons

    The middle management is incompetent.


  10. A decent networking company to work for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Brocade is embracing open source and heading in a new direction, from being a mere Hardware company to a software based company.

    Cons

    Relies heavily on processes, some of which are broken.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the process and make it more streamlined.


  11. Helpful (3)

    ASIC Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ASIC Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - ASIC Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good technology and product line

    Cons

    Bad work life balance, management doesnt recognize employees value, raises happen only if some one comes with an offer and resign



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