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Brocade Reviews

Updated July 17, 2017
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  • work life balance little difficult (in 32 reviews)

  • No room for career growth, very difficult to move up in the organisation (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Not a good place for contractors"

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

    Watch your back with middle management,

    Advice to Management

    Hmm, maybe take some scheduling courses.


  2. "Great co culture"

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co culture, very collaborative

    Cons

    It's being sold to a co of opposite culture

  3. "Staff Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, Good people, WFH, good culture

    Cons

    Sales not great, upper management not open


  4. "The end of something great"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brocade full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salary, Strong System Engineering leadership. Excellent Engineering. Great self-study learning material

    Cons

    Brocade's traditional Channel / Partners lack software expertise. Software Networking BU is crippled by weak marketing and channel

    Advice to Management

    It's been a great ride.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "It was a great place to work because of the people"

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    Former Employee - Web Marketing Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Web Marketing Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - There were always areas to try to make things a bit more efficient from a process perspective if it was in your control
    - Marketing Org was a real tight knit family, and the CMO cared/cares about her team
    - Established lifelong relationships beyond Brocade
    - Accomplished much of the marketing vision that was kickstarted 3-4 years ago from the digital spectrum
    - Despite so many changes, the people is what made Brocade great

    Cons

    - Was extremely difficult to learn and branch out from role (if you were really good at something, you had so much work it was difficult to branch out)
    - Big departure in caring about employee well being/happiness when Klayko left (less employee events, tighter budget)
    - Personal feeling was that marketing wasn't valued by higher execs (very engineer centric)
    - Routine driven; change was difficult once a process was set in place

    Advice to Management

    None, but the execs that agreed to sell the company out should know that the people and culture is what made Brocade a great place to work - many could've departed a long time ago for more compensation but stayed because of the relationships that were established. That's all but gone now.


  6. "Current Situation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brocade full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    friendly, good work life balance

    Cons

    Broadcom purchased company and is divesting assets


  7. "engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salaries benfits like espp

    Cons

    long term view not good

  8. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance and teamwork orientation

    Cons

    Being sold in multiple parts so team will be broken apart

    Advice to Management

    Be sensitive to the employees during the challenge of the acquisition


  9. "Operations Manager"

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    Former Employee - Operations Senior Management in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Operations Senior Management in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are good. Brocade knows how to make it comfortable for employees through amenities and perks. The campus is great and enjoy the gym.

    Cons

    Extremely challenging environment, and now that we have been acquired, it's wildly at a different level. The Sr. VP left and never looked back to the folks that carried and executed so well to his agenda.

    Advice to Management

    It won't help seeing that those that cared about middle management left long ago (3 VP's left on the same day about 2 years ago) and the one left to lead was simply using manipulating management techniques to get what he wanted. Now he's gone and it's crystal clear that we drank the cool-aid and now hold the bag.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Work life balance
    Good people to work with
    Decent pay and benefits

    Cons

    Opportunity to grow is limited.
    The way management handled the acquisition with Broadcomm is worse that a company can ever do. It was functioning better as a standalone company.

    Advice to Management

    None, you guys were doing a decent job till the acquisition. I guess people should have been smarter when the new CEO came aboard. Looking at his past records he did exactly what he was suppose to, increase the stock price and sell the company. Wish the company got some more time to grow since Ruckus was just acquired. Great job on selling the company for peanuts especially the IP business unit.


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