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Review averages

  • 13 employees say

    Excellent (11)
    84.615384615385%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (1)
    7.6923076923077%
    Subpar (1)
    7.6923076923077%
    4.45
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
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    0.00

Reviews for Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.

Reviews - What employees say

4.45 Employees say
0.00 Applicants say
  • 12.May 2017
  • Employee
Company Culture
5.00
Support from management
5.00
Teamwork
5.00
Freedom to work independently
5.00
Internal Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
5.00
Overall compensation for your work
5.00
Office / Work Environment
5.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
3.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
4.00

The following benefits were offered to me

is offered is offered is offered is offered is offered is offered is offered is offered is offered is offered
  • Company
    Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
  • City
    San Jose
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Research/development

The following perks were offered to me

is offered is offered is offered is offered is offered is offered
  • 17.Nov 2016
  • Employee

Company Culture

Some very talented people, but also a few unscrupulous ones willing to bully or extort others to get their way. Management needs to figure out that a strong argument is undermined by unprofessional behavior... or just as frequently, the lack of professionalism belies the weak (and sometimes capricious) position.

Freedom to work independently

I can't speak for all groups, but I felt I was often micro-managed and then blamed for not making the best decisions.

Internal Communication

Management used to give us monthly talks about the state of the industry and strategic decision-making... then management got bloated and the decision-making began to be communicated less clearly and more infrequently.

Gender Equality

There were some very competent women who had been at the company a long time, though none of them were in senior technical positions. I thought that a couple of them should have been promoted.

Attitude towards older colleagues

This one is hard to answer: I had a lot of tension with a younger but more senior engineer. Hard to know if he was ageist or just insecure about his own performance.

Career Development

The company was much more siloed than Intel, Microsoft, or Cisco.

Work-Life Balance

The semi-annual evaluations were highly subjective, and changed on a regular basis. Further, the company evaluated you for sticking to goals, even though management often abandoned projects mid-stream in the name of "being Agile" and adjusting posture to meet customer needs.

Company Image

As I said, the company was struggling for direction. It's SAN and FC core businesses had plateaued, and it was struggling to become the market leader in the SDN arena.

Obviously this didn't happen, because the company was acquired by Broadcom and it's SDN BU is up for sale.

Job Security

There was definitely pressure to stay in the good graces of some of the more 'difficult' co-workers who had the ear of senior management or even the odd executive officer...

Workplace Safety

It was a software company, so other than having a 19" rack fall over onto you in the lap, about the most likely workplace accident would be dropping a laptop on your foot.

Challenging Work

The problem space was interesting, though sometimes too many overlapping features were pursued at once and they occasionally combined in destabilizing ways. Testing was often inadequate, and mostly managed by an off-shore team several timezones away with whom it was difficult to communicate.

Inclusive / Diverse

The company gave a lot of lip service to diversity, though like a lot of progressive Bay Area organizations, as a conservative I often felt I had to keep my head down.

Company Culture
2.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
2.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
2.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
3.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
3.00
Environmental Friendliness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
2.00
Company Image
2.00
Job Security
1.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
2.00

The following benefits were offered to me

is offered is offered is offered is offered is offered is offered is offered is offered is offered
  • Company
    Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
  • City
    San Jose
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2016
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Research/development

The following perks were offered to me

is offered is offered is offered
  • 17.Mar 2016
  • Employee

Suggestions for improvement

  • Run evalutions on all management positions to ensure the 360 is done, and it meets the kool aid they like folks to drink.. its about brocade eating their own dog food.

What I like about the company

Bathrooms were clean

What I dislike about the company

Management were ego manics and incompentent to lead due to hiring their crew of excoworkers from their previous work places.

Company Culture
1.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
2.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
2.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
1.00
Office / Work Environment
1.00
Environmental Friendliness
1.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
1.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
1.00
Workplace Safety
1.00
Challenging Work
1.00
Inclusive / Diverse
1.00

The following benefits were offered to me

is offered is offered
  • Company
    Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
  • City
    San Jose
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    n/a
  • Position
    Others
  • Department
    Marketing/product management

The following perks were offered to me

is offered

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Review averages

  • 13 employees say

    Excellent (11)
    84.615384615385%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (1)
    7.6923076923077%
    Subpar (1)
    7.6923076923077%
    4.45
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    0.00

kununu score comparisons

Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
4.45
13 reviews

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153,600 reviews

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3.28
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