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Brocade Santa Clara Reviews

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Santa Clara, CA

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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. "Senior Test Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great bonus program, good communication

    Cons

    Bad vacation plan, weak 401k plan


  2. Helpful (2)

    "All work, no life"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brocade full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company has reasonably good benefits and appears to be stable. The campus is nice. They typically pay out a bonus every 6 or 12 months.

    Cons

    Meetings are routinely held in the early morning as well as the night. This extends the normal work day to about 15 hours. Promotion is rare an typically requires someone to leave. Salary increases are low even for employees with the highest performance reviews.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "A great place to retire in place"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice facility, great food, health club, good work life balance

    Cons

    Little drive or push for excellence. Endless meeting and little employee empowerment.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "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
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Brocade 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 Management

    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.


  5. "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
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brocade 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 Management

    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


  6. "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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brocade 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 Management

    There is micro management that hurts some of the employees


  7. "good company"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brocade 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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "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 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 Management

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


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