Brocade Communications

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Brocade Communications Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
363 Reviews
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Pros
  • Flexible working hours, it helps you to do work life balance (in 37 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Work-life balance,benefits, work focused mainly on reation (in 18 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.  

    A company trying to re-invent itself

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

    I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    +Hard working
    +Good size to be a combination of large and small

    Cons

    -Not as agile as some of the competitors
    -High position employees have large egos

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology in SAN/IP networking

    Cons

    None when I was working there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Almost similar to startup working culture with aggressive schedules

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation and competes well with industry when it comes to salary. Best is the bonus part which used be best in industry with an average of 30% couple of years back. Now it is close to 15%. Very good technology and bright people to work with.

    Cons

    Aggressive schedules and missing the deadlines is not an option. Not a lot of stock options so stake in the company is not high. Lot of competition in new IP and SDN segment where company is trying to make a mark.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to have laser like focus and laser like strategy to increase market share. Like arista. Increase the stake for employees in the company so that they have an interest with company growth outside of getting good bonus and salary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Challenge Yourself!

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    • 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

    Pros

    Great CEO and very well respected by all. Great career opportunities across the board.

    Cons

    Too many priorities and people are speed thin. Great opportunities for those skilled at prioritization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Challenging but fun.

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    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pays well. Compensation plan has gotten better over the years. Benefits are good and reasonably priced. Culture is overall fun. Headquarters has a cafeteria onsite and other good restaurants in walking distance. Onsite gym and wellness programs are great. Stock price is finally going up after being low for many years.

    Cons

    No bandwidth and very heavy workload. Expectations of output continuously increases with fewer people. Incentive plan has decreased over the years but still pays out close to target.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More work-life balance. Give more praise to employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Brocade Communications as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Company could use a few more events

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place with lot of learning

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Test Engineer-3 in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer-3 in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Highly recognized. Work flexibility.
    Gym facilities, Bonus structure, ESPP, etc are so attractive.
    High Visibility to upper management.

    Cons

    Margins are less. so work is more
    Work life balance is little less.
    Very short releases and more stressful some times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are on right track

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Fast paced, little chaotic but energetic workplace.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fast paced, agile methods, nice lighting, ping pong and gym.

    Cons

    Chaos. Not enough work and becoming more of a financial organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value old as well as new employees and educate respectful behavior to older ones.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company that provides tremendous opportunity to learn and grow your career.

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

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

    Pros

    Company was clear in communication of the Corporate Vision. Goals were developed at the top and cascaded down. Metrics were defined and team understood priorities. For those that performed they are well compensated.

    Cons

    Past two years the company culture tremendously changed. Leadership team became anxious and an unhealthy political dynamic surfaced. Spent more time statusing vs getting the job done. Too many Top Performers have voluntarily leftover the past 1.5 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your Top Talent, do not let them slip away. Your greatest asset are employees that deliver the results.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to learn but management expect you to work more

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Its's a good environment to work on many protocols.

    Cons

    Lot of politics and not much of salary hikes. Not much of team outings.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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