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Very productive and fun place to work
Sales Operations- Inside Sales Rep (Current Employee) –  Bangalore, Karnataka20 February 2017
Very flexible with Timings
Lot of things to learn, HR organizes for lot of learning activities
Management is easily accessible people.
Work culture is very nice
Hardest part is few things not planned well
To get to work is the best part of the day
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Great work life balance
Senior Pricing Manager (Current Employee) –  San Jose, CA19 February 2017
In the early years at Brocade, the company was innovative and moved at a fast pace. Employees were totally engaged and supportive of management. The company acted as a large start-up. I enjoyed the early years. As we grew, the company became more and more like a large old company.
Pros
Good people
Cons
too big
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Productive
Oracle Techno-Functional Consultant, Dev Lead (Current Employee) –  San Jose, CA14 February 2017
Worked for Short project upgrade from 11.5.10 to 12.2.5, Planning and delivery of New/Modify RICEFW's as a part of R12 upgrade and enhancement. Gathering information on boundary applications and their impact. Analyzed the impact of R12 on their current custom objects, Retro-fitting/Re-designing the RICE components and performed Unit testing with lot of learning.
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Needs new leadership
Software Technical Leader (Current Employee) –  San Jose, CA10 February 2017
Brocade has been playing the catch up game in the industry the past few years. This in turn reflects on the engineering who are working furiously to catch up and deliver things at a cray rate.

This approach has pros and cons. With the fast paced work, an engineer also needs the right tools to deliver quality content.
Sadly tools are lacking in Brocade and to deliver something of quality one has to put in an in-ordinate time to make up for the lack of tools and infrastructure necessary for the developer.

There is lot of space to pick and deliver what you like but it takes more than just engineering to do that. If you possess such skills then you will thrive at Brocade.
Pros
Pickup anything and run!
Cons
You have to do it all, very less facilitation from mgmt
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experienced, knowledgeable, leader
Technical Program Manager (Current Employee) –  San Jose, CA6 February 2017
Have been TPM for last 15 years with great reviews. I have received very positive reviews at Brocade.

Work environment at Brocade is flexible but requires everyone to work on multiple projects.
Pros
technical, leader, experieced
Cons
need to move to growth oriented environment
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Great place to work, flexible hours, excellent benefits.
Senior Manager, Investor Relations (Current Employee) –  San Jose, CA24 January 2017
Great colleagues, flexible hours, very strong Fibre Channel products. Management team work well with functional groups. Fun place to work with Chili cook-off, Halloween party and Christmas party.
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Productive, fun workplace
Information Management Analyst (Current Employee) –  Bangalore, Karnataka20 January 2017
Work life is good in brocade, will get a chance to learn and adapt many thing.

workplace culture is very casual, anyone will enjoy working for Brocade
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awesome place to work
Technical Support Engineer II (Current Employee) –  Broomfield, CO4 January 2017
ping pong tables, full gym, amazing compensation and benefits. this is an awesome place to work and i would recommend it to anyone, absolutely loved working there
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A Great Place to work
HR Manager (Current Employee) –  Bangalore, Karnataka29 December 2016
A Great Place to work; Good working atmosphere, Career Focused, Strong Leadership, Promotes Collaboration, truly a global experience, Clear Mission and Vision,
Pros
Benefits
Cons
Long Commute
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Good flexible company.
Java/J2EE Lead Developer (Former Employee) –  Paris (75)8 November 2016
Flexible hours. Remote work opportunity. Managers are helpful and always will be available to guide us. You will get good amount of work which will keep you busy.
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Administrative Assistant to Engineering team
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CA23 August 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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Wonderful Environment, Manager that cared about your success, and great cast of co-workers
Engineering Lab Services (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CA21 August 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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NIce place to work
DevOps Engineer (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CA28 July 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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Solid Silicon Valley networking company with some flaws
Systems Engineer (Current Employee) –  Central US10 July 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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Tech Leader
Sr. Staff ASIC PD Engineer (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CA7 July 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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Culture has never been worse.
Contact Renewals Specialist (Former Employee) –  Minneapolis, MN28 April 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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Plenty to go around
Sr. Facility Engineer (Current Employee) –  San Jose, CA11 February 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, MN14 January 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, CA7 January 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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A smaller company with room to shine.
Technical Lead (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CA18 November 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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