Brocade Communications

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Big goals but weak leadership

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

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

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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  1.  

    Good pay, Good benefits with a stable company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Broomfield, CO

    I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and pay. Brocade pays a little above average and the benefits are very good with an additional 40 hours available for volunteer time in the community. There is a gym available onsite. Very good working relationship with development. Brocade hasn't missed a bonus as long as I have been here but that is not a given. there is decent work-life balance.

    Cons

    Career dead end. Most people have been here (Broomfield Campus anyway) for many, many years in their respective roles which is a double edged sword in the sense that people are happy here but there is no movement. Managers don't seem to have the time or interest to foster career plans for team members. Other than the bi-annual performance review I have had to initiate all manager one-on-one conversations about career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep chasing the IP side like the market wants to see, but don't forget Fibre Channel pays the bills.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Seems like the new management is no longer interested in building the company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Brocade Communications full-time

    Pros

    Brocade used to be a good place to work as an engineer, but it is no longer.

    Cons

    The management cannot execute in hyper competitive and commoditizing IP networking business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Split the IP and SAN businesses. Let the IP business prove it can be profitable on its own.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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