Brocade Communications Reviews

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  1. Great Place to learn and good technical team

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

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

    Pros

    Execution oriented
    Good stock
    Good Salary
    Good Bonus
    very Agile

    Cons

    Aggressive, Many products, Less budget

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great team, very good support

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people 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

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

    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
  3. 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

    I worked at Brocade Communications full-time (more than 8 years)

    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
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  5. TAC engineer

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    Former Employee - Functional Verification Engineer and Technical Support Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Functional Verification Engineer and Technical Support Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    I worked there for two different roll. Overall friendly environment, competitive salary and work environment. Good training (training provider team is nice) if you are entry level engineer. Great place to learn.

    Cons

    Everyone wants to become manager.
    Not organized as I expected. No specific guide lines for new comers to start work on. Assigning all type of work to new comers so hard to catch up if you are not fast learner or just came out from school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is micro management that hurts some of the employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. good company

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

    I worked at Brocade Communications full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    good product, flexible working schedule, a lot of very good people to work with. teams are very experienced. nice location and a lot of resturants nearby.

    Cons

    sometimes asked to work in Saturdays. slow career growth and some level of bad politics. some products with very old technology, so if are looking for latest and popular technology in the industry, wrong place.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    A lot growing pains with this company

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    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Great products. Very dedicated employees. Compensation is good.

    Cons

    There's been a lot of attrition especially in engineering

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is over focused on budget constraints. Need to do more to build up the moral and culture.

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