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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Good place to work, Management needs rotation
Manager (Current Employee) –  San Jose, CASeptember 22, 2014
People are really great to work with and care about doing the right thing. Many of the executives have been in position for more than a decade. While they have created strong functional organizations, they have been in the same role too long creating very stove piped organizations that are fearful of raising issues outside of their organization. This results in an upward only management style, with executives making decisions for minor issues. Delegation and empowerment are needed
New Executives have come in clearly to pretty up the company for a sale or merger. Result is cost cutting for short term results. Top line growth is being entirely focused on SDN &NFV. The problem here is that while growth in early stages can appear large as a %, it takes years for the numbers to grow to be relevant to an existing $4B revenue stream. Can they survive the gap, will the CEO hold off the board long enough? It is believed he has another year, but in reality probably longer.
Pros
people, facilities, compensation
Cons
executive management style
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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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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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Great place to work. Challenging and rewarding
Sales Director, Advanced Data Center Technologies (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CAJanuary 9, 2015
The company was a pleasure to work for. Products and technology were world class.
Pros
great for results based performance compensation
Cons
job security was uncertain due frequent changes in sales force
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Contract position
Marketing Budget Analyst - Contractor (Current Employee) –  San Jose, CAMay 28, 2013
Unfortunately this contract position did not leave me any room for advancement or job stability or security. My contract was cut short to 1 year. I would have liked to have had the possibilities to advance my position at Brocade, as I feel like I have a lot more to offer than what was being utilized. Although this was communicated to management, I was never given a chance to do more. They are losing a valuable asset.
Pros
working from home 75% of time
Cons
contract - no benefits. 3 hour round trip commute.
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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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Solid benefits but weak management
NPI Program Manager (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CAOctober 1, 2014
Leadership is confusing. Long term goals are unclear. Upper management lacks vision and execution aka know how.
Overall employees are solid.
Too much politics within mid/upper management staffs
Pros
good campus and benefits
Cons
politics and incompetent mid-upper management
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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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Circling the drain
Numerous titles over 13 years (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CAJuly 1, 2013
From 1997 to 2005, Brocade had vision and executed well. The company more or less single handedly created an entire industry segment for high speed storage networks.

From 2006 onwards, the company stopped focusing on it's core products. All of its investment went into side bets. After years of neglect, virtually all of the top talent personnel have left, and the products are no longer competitive.
Pros
high relative salaries and good benefits
Cons
everything else
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Productive, exciting and voted one of the Best Places to work in the bay area.
IT Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CADecember 26, 2013
Typical work day would be a full schedule of back-to-back meetings, report deadlines, catering, allocate space planning & budget plan.
Co-workers were friendly, supportive & family oriented.
The most enjoyable part of the job is seeing the benefits & success of your hard work.
I learned how to manage my time, become an effective admin assistant in observing the needs of each project team.
Pros
bip - bonus incentive program
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driven, committed, and focused company
Engineering Director (Current Employee) –  plymouth mnOctober 11, 2013
Brocade is a fast moving company where deadlines are aggressive and deadlines are met. Long history of meeting or exceeding goals. Compensating their employees well and celebrating success (not dwelling on it, but celebrating)
Pros
interesting projects, good compensation
Cons
long hours, relentless work
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Good pay and team culture
Delivery Consultant (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILAugust 27, 2014
Model company for excellent benefits and training.

Good performance review structure and practice.
Pros
excellent training and working culture for team work
Cons
job security
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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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