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Wonderful Environment, Manager that cared about your success, and great cast of co-workers
Engineering Lab Services (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CAAugust 21, 2016
Daily Tasks & Learnings:

-Troubleshooting of lab equipment
-Graphic and web development
-Documentation
-Video desing to assist new employees
-OS installations + Troubleshooting + Configurations

Consisted of a young group of co-workers who were willing to learn and grow within the company. Pushed by managers to grow and learn.
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Culture has never been worse.
Contact Renewals Specialist (Former Employee) –  Minneapolis, MNApril 28, 2016
The company used to be really fun to work for. Since new executives have been in house, they seem to be cleaning house from inside.

They continue to reduce staff, and add more work. We have seen them do some pretty underhanded deals which cost an entire department their jobs with 2 weeks notice.

They take employee surveys on the workplace, which are limited in a way to make it seem as if the results improve each year.

New hires tend to be right out of college or "early career", which allows them to keep from hiring more experienced employees. Meanwhile new executives seem to be hired every month.

Unless you have a strong relationship with a top level manager you have little opportunity to apply for jobs at remote locations, leaving little room for advancement.
Pros
benefits
Cons
over 1/2 of vac is used on shut down
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Administrative Assistant to Engineering team
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CAAugust 23, 2016
Very Fun and energetic team! This team new how to make work fun. I would love to work with Brocade again if they came to the Sacramento Area.
Pros
Everything
Cons
none
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Tech Leader
Sr. Staff ASIC PD Engineer (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CAJuly 7, 2016
An advance technique company that focus on products and profit. Very good benefits to employees as well with ESPP, 401k matching and profit sharing.
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NIce place to work
DevOps Engineer (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CAJuly 28, 2016
Brocade is a lovely place to work. There are times when we had fun but when there is work needed to be completed we are on the top of it.
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Tough place to work with high emphasis on employee/management politics,
Community Affairs Manager (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CAJanuary 7, 2016
A typical day is fast pace, tactical deliverable driven with lots of meetings. Hardest part of the job is weeding through politics and eroding corporate culture.
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Plenty to go around
Sr. Facility Engineer (Current Employee) –  San Jose, CAFebruary 11, 2016
Lots of work to go around with a lot of talent to pick from. Outstanding SAN, Ethernet, SDN and other offerings.
Prepared to be in the all things "Internet".
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I really enjoyed working at Brocade
Technical Support Engineer (Current Employee) –  Plymouth, MNJanuary 14, 2016
Excellent management. Great experience.

The work was challenging but fun. We were exposed to all aspects of networking.

The management was superb, great people.
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Management needs to value it's talented people.
Marketing Manager (Current Employee) –  San Jose, CASeptember 7, 2015
Brocade has really been changing for the worse and it seems employees are not valued as they should be. There are so many wonderful, talented, competent people there and management is not treating them well. The company is fast moving and changes directions quickly, so hold on for the ride.
Pros
workers are great and fun
Cons
management needs to value their employees.
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Family friendly with a great work/life balance
Program Manager (Former Employee) –  Santa Clara, CAOctober 6, 2015
Brocade is a nice location filled with many intelligent and focused people. The company promotes a great work/life balance and headquarters is easily accessible from 237.
Pros
Nice campus, mature workforce, updated facilities
Cons
Pay is slightly lower than industry standard
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Professional Profile
Senior Audit Manager (Current Employee) –  San Jose, CAJuly 5, 2015
•Information Security, Audit and Compliance professional with 15+ years of experience
•High performing leader with expertise in enterprise risk assessment, audit planning and execution.
•IT Manager with experience in managing technical staff and managing customer relations.
•Significant experience in leading and coordinating projects with cross functional business units.
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OK place to work, antequated work environment and management style
PROGRAM MANAGER - SOFTWARE OPERATIONS (Current Employee) –  San Jose, CAJuly 28, 2015
Good pay, average benefits, old school management. Way too much red tape for a company its size. Not very progressive or exciting, it's a job not a career.
Pros
Salary
Cons
Old School Management, lack of training and career opportunities, no RSUs after initial job offer
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A smaller company with room to shine.
Technical Lead (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CANovember 18, 2015
Brocade is a smaller company with a good corporate culture. Benefits and compensation where good for a full time employee.
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Excellent work environment.
M&A PROJECT MANAGER (Consultant) (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CANovember 3, 2015
I found Brocade to be a great work environment, with lots of attention spent on the well being and live balance of their employees.
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Strong company
Inventory Control Analyst (Current Employee) –  San Jose, CAJuly 13, 2015
Brocade is a solid company that has proven themselves as a solid company with an outstanding product. The culture is typically a friendly work environment. depending on your profession you could either work a 40hr week or a 60 hr. week. They offer competitive compensation and are always looking for fresh talent.
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good work environment
Senior Staffing Consultant (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CAJuly 20, 2015
I worked with the software development teams so found the work both interesting and challenging. Management team was pretty good as well. Kept their teams informed on company developments, so communication was good
Pros
good team of people
Cons
none that I am aware of
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Great entry level position
Inside Sales Representative (Current Employee) –  Broomfield, COJune 23, 2015
Great work life balance and you will learn a lot about the industry. Almost not opportunity for advancement. You pretty much must leave the company if you want to progress in your career.
Pros
Ping pong table, casual dress
Cons
Little to no opportunity for advancement
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Used to be Productive and fun to work for
Solutions Architect/Manager, SAN & NAS Solutions (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CAApril 22, 2015
It was a good company until they hired bad managers who did not share the company values and started to change the working environment. As a result, key employees left the company followed by lay off and so on. Now they are doing better with the new CEO.
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Solid Silicon Valley networking company with some flaws
Systems Engineer (Current Employee) –  Central USJuly 10, 2016
Brocade has been a pretty great company for me. The pay is good and the benefits are decent. The 401k plan is ok (Fidelity) with a decent match. The SE organization is a pretty good place to work within the company. The leadership in the SE organization seems to understand our line of work very well, which can't be said about other leadership at other companies. Some of the VPs are very good and are passionate about the Networking industry.

Like any company that has ever existed, Brocade does have some flaws. The upper management and board seem to have committed on long term investment with the Ruckus acquisition rather than continuing to focus on budget cuts and departmental trimming that have been the norm for the last three years. I firmly believe our current CEO was brought in to polish the balance sheet, throw in a couple of hyped up products all to prime the company for sale. It no longer looks like that is going to happen. As such there are a couple of really cool projects currently underway in Brocade's core SAN and IP business that are major investments and will secure solid revenues for years to come.

There are a few holdouts in the product divisions from the Foundry days, and unfortunately some of them have very bad habits that haven't died after all these years. A couple of the product lines are severely lacking in industry level QA. This makes life for field SEs and support incredibly stressful when working with large customers and something that should have easily been caught in QA blows up on us. This has gotten better over time, but some
  more... product lines have a long way to go.

There is also the forced two weeks of shutdown in the summer and week of Christmas that everyone has to use PTO for. For your first 5 years, you only have about two weeks of PTO, so you are forced to burn much of it during those times whether you want to or not.
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Good for starting career, bad work life balance
Sr. Test Engineer (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CAMay 26, 2015
Helpful team, good for fresh grads.
Management's vision was not clear.
Unnecessary roles and uneven resource distribution
Best experience was UDP training
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3.9
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