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Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA

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

Pros

Great compensation. Growing Company. Fantastic Products. Great opportunity for first year professionals with little to no experience.

Cons

Difficult to drive to results due to political nature of Senior Management. Company focused on new young talent as opposed to leveraging skill/experience of long term team players. Limited opportunity to move up in the organization. Company prefers to hire from outside rather than promoting from within.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Idea #1: Consider evolving your talent retention program to increase your ability to realize your investment in time and cost of seasoned and productive employees. Example: Easily allow seasoned employees to expand into new areas of the business, or define new roles due to changes in technology.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very flexible

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    Former Employee - QA Test Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - QA Test Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Brocade Communications

    Pros

    The management was good. work atmosphre was family friendly. engineers were easy to talk with. You can ask anything in whenever you like. Can work from home too

    Cons

    Had to share the rooms, but that was fine. Not that big of a deal. Pay was little lower but if you do good you can get some good amount of bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Problem started after they moved everything to India or CA. No more jobs left in houston area. Management did not tell ahead of time

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Inept management forces you to work twice as hard for half the results.

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

    I have been working at Brocade Communications

    Pros

    Decent salary and benefits if you don't factor in the forced overtime.
    Nice new campus but engineering cubes are tiny (6x6 feet) with half-height walls and no privacy.
    Close to shopping & restaurants.

    Cons

    Inept, nepotistic managers. They hire their relatives, friends, people they went to school with and give them the best jobs, lion share of promotions/salary increases and bonuses. Hard work gets you nowhere.

    Mgmt is very secretive. You will be the last to know when anything changes. Mgrs spin a story about inclusiveness but it's all lies.

    Corporate part of the company is bloated and overcompensated. There are literally directors/sr. directors with just one person reporting into them.

    Legacy of Greg Reyes stock option scandal still haunts the company.

    Company is in decline. Many good engineers are leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking about yourselves and get to work on fixing the product road map, recognizing key contributors (i.e. not managers), and implementing some real engineering processes instead of this fly by the seat of your pants mode.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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