Brocade Communications Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Brocade Communications CEO Lloyd Carney
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Pros
  • there is decent work-life balance (in 37 reviews)

  • Excellent Work environment and Work culture (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance gets affected (in 18 reviews)

  • Senior management was a bit of a problem (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Good place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great Management team, really refreshing after having worked at HP.
    Pragmatic, Growth driven, strategic, but focused at making the business work.
    Very Professional, Positive environment. Collaborative, but not consensus decision making.
    Lots of VERY bright people (Ex CISCO), who wanted a politics-free environment to innovate and be entrepreneurial in.

    Cons

    Very focused at being in SanJose. Not used to working in a multi-location business with Lync and teleconferencing. It's personal relationships and face to face meetings. Refreshing change from 24x7 Telecons, but some times I'd like to spend more time working from home ;-)

    Advice to Management

    Data Center, SDN/NFV and traditional networking selling into Service Provider and Enterprise Networking. Complete solutions, need to emphasize the foundational markets as well as the cool new innovative strategic directions.


  2. Team Lead and Lead Developer

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

    I have been working at Brocade Communications

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly Environment can be identified from Helpdesk to high level management
    Do not care any thing as long as their work is done with excellent quality
    Strong functional knowledge on Sales, SCM Domain of BA's would make our job Easy and very cooperative
    Respective

    Cons

    Very Very minor but need not to be considered

    Advice to Management

    Keep great work going


  3. Helpful (1)

    A great place to retire in place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Brocade Communications

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice facility, great food, health club, good work life balance

    Cons

    Little drive or push for excellence. Endless meeting and little employee empowerment.


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  5. Senior Software Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits
    ESPP
    Ongoing Stocks
    Flexible work timings
    Yearly cash bonus pretty decent

    Cons

    Not a good place for application software development. Limited job options to change within Brocade.

    Growth aspects from Senior Manager to Director very limited


  6. Product Marketing Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Brocade Communications

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

    Pros

    Great people. Great skills. OK products.

    Cons

    Management gets in the way, often. Lack of focus.

    Advice to Management

    Find a leader you can all rally around. Get moving! Raise that stock price.


  7. Executive Support

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good people, nice campus, great executive staff.

    Cons

    Not enough staff to support everyone. Cutbacks are always to the IT deparment. Cafe food isnt that great.

    Advice to Management

    Please hire more people in IT.


  8. Really great company, terrible vacation policy

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

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really great comp, leading SDN solution, great people and leadership. Solid market postion/ tech.

    Cons

    Brocade shuts down 2x a year for a week (except for sales) - and you must take PTO to be paid.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing but get rid of the shutdowns - or do something so people can take time off when they want to.


  9. Senior Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Brocade Communications

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None - worthless experience. They don't follow through on commitments. I did however leave with $ in my pocket.

    Cons

    Bad management. Horrible Communications Strategy. Management spends all their time trying to cover their mistakes and the mistakes of their cronies!

    Advice to Management

    Get your heads out of the dark ages. Stop putting friends in positions they are not qualified to fill. Build a strategy and attempt to follow it.


  10. Good people to work with!

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

    I have been working at Brocade Communications

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome people to work with , OK compensation.

    Cons

    Unclear and sometimes stretchy timelines


  11. VP Worldwide Sales

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President Worldwide Sales in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President Worldwide Sales in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Brocade Communications (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Strong position in market and technology leader

    Cons

    Little share price growth since CEO change in 2004
    Increasing commoditization of market

    Advice to Management

    Become an EMC or Cisco or sell the compan



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