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Brocade Communications Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
333 Reviews

3.3
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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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    Current Employee - Pre-Sales Systems Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Pre-Sales Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Excellent Corporate culture and the ability to excel in your career is fairly easy.

    Cons

    Leader in Fibre Channel which is not a fast growing market

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Place to work

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

    Pros

    Reasonable salary. Good work-life balance. Good facilities. Engineering centric company compared to similar sized companies

    Cons

    Thought future roadmap is clear, it's not clear how to reach there. Management seems laid back. There is no aggressiveness from the management and engineers for the products that Brocade is far behind.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low morale but great benefits. A safe place for lower profile regular folks

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    Former Employee - NPI PM  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - NPI PM in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    Nice building, fun community activities, solid employee benefits with competitive salary scale. Fair work/life balance overall.

    Cons

    Lacking and weak: leadership, measurable performance, management skill, corporate image, long term innovating technology roadmap. Prefer Mr/Ms Yes rather than those who is daring to make a difference and think outside the box.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the office politic between the departmental VP. Base promotion and review on performance and accomplishment. Have real town hall discussion with employees. Keep the talent. Have strong HR team who actually do the jobs supporting the current employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    "Great for investors, not so for employees"

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    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst/Software Developer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst/Software Developer in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Consistent bonuses, and a pretty decent ESPP for a while.
    I work with some really smart and fun people!

    Cons

    Where do I begin? New management hasn't shown the ability to improve shareholder value by increasing revenues from sales. Instead, it's all one-trick-pony cost reduction, heavily reinforced by offshoring (which they seem to be very proud of). Morale is at an all-time low since I came here ten years ago, and attrition is very noticeable and having a detrimental impact in engineering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company's are indeed people. Show you care about your employees, and not just the bottom line and bragging about how you can get 2.5 contractors in India for every one employee in America.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Good place to learn diverse product lines minimal movement

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    As being part of an acquired company, the company I was with gave great options and a good salary. You worked on leading edge products and features.

    Cons

    Expected long hours,
    expected late hours of work
    lack of options/incentives from Brocade
    little ability to move between product families
    Rehashed products no longer bleading edge just cheaper lower price points as of the past several years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay ahead of the curve on leading edge technology and features
    Focus on broadening portfolios SDN is only a small start
    Balance work life/home life with incentives - you can not demand startup like hours without startup like incentives
    Cross pollination and the ability to learn and move between product divisions
    Leverage assets across divisions

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big goals but weak leadership

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    1. Corporate headquarters facility is very nice and modern
    2. Salary is mostly competitive
    3. Decent work-life balance, for those who want it
    4. Most of the individual contributor employees are very nice

    Cons

    1. Leaders have big goals but have made little progress moving into and through the changes which they espouse
    2. Their go-to-market (sales and marketing) execution is weak and flawed, mostly characterized by adding new senior leaders but without needed organizational changes and culture improvements
    3. Huge emphasis on frugality and purchasing slows people from being able to do activities that enable the market gains needed to execute on the vision - many employees believe this is because the company is actually being set up to be acquired
    4. Leadership team is mostly comprised of people from smaller companies with no industry reputation - therefore they are not very influential and lack the ability to "change the industry" (their claimed goal)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck on your new market/customer strategies - please consider bringing in people who know these customer segments better, and not just at the most senior level.

    Some of the business changes that you are attempting to accomplish will require best-in-class talent. However, your lack of concern about employee engagement will hurt your ability to achieve those business goals, as the smartest and best employees will leave quickly and you will only be left with those who are comfortably unmotivated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    it is another silicon valley tech company with fairly talented engineering team

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    good gym and cafe, good pay, in particular the bonus.

    Cons

    politics are tolerated and somewhat encouraged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    dont know what to suggest. it is hard to run a company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Too big for their own good, made a mess of the Foundry acquisition.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    FC market is still growing, that is their bread and butter. Try to do things in a big company way, nice new campus, gym facilities onsite.

    Bonus is good at times because of good profit margins.

    Cons

    Stagnation, engineering is riddled with politics and favoritism. You cannot grow unless you play the favoritism and become a yes-man. Engineering VPs will make you work weekends just because they need to look good. Any growth and career opportunities are stifled by immediate managers. HR policy is not conducive to move within Brocade.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review pay for those who deserve it, review the engineering management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Nice company to work for

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

    Pros

    Nice benefits - good bonus and ESPP, health insurance, education assistance, 401k and good work. Has on site Gym at San Jose campus. Good location.

    Cons

    work life balance not great. Need better time-off policies. Some managers have poor people management skills. 401k match can be improved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop laying off people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Open door policy, work-life balance, great benefits

    Cons

    Too much management layers for small groups. Lots of contractors and outsourcing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow the company and increase the stock value.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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