Avago Technologies

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Avago Technologies Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
114 Reviews
2.6
114 Reviews
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Avago Technologies President, CEO, and Director Hock E. Tan
Hock E. Tan
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Learning quickly interactively, training, work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Smaller company with professional work environment (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance is not there at all and its not at all an employee friendly company (in 4 reviews)

  • After being purchased by Avago, there was little information on direction by upper management (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not the place to work as a young engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ASIC Design Engineer
    Current Employee - ASIC Design Engineer

    I have been working at Avago Technologies

    Pros

    Good company to work for if you want a an engineering job where you do next to no work and collect a paycheck. There's amazing work/life balance because you'll likely work only 25-30 hours per week since there is no work to do.

    Cons

    The business model of Avago Technologies is to purchase mature businesses and then drive them into the ground through extremely aggressive layoffs, R&D cuts, and project cuts.

    The CEO has said himself that he does not care what we sell, he does not care about his employees, and he does not care about engineering. All he cares about is making the AVGO stock price go up. Avago does this by purchasing mature businesses and then running them 40-60% cheaper, effectively running them into the ground but turning massive operating profit.

    How do you run a successful and established business 40-60% cheaper? You layoff half the work-force, you cut all projects, you cut benefits, and you put a "hold" on promotions and raises. My company LSI was purchased by Avago about a year ago now. I've been told that I have absolutely no opportunity to move up in the company and that I will not get a salary raise for the next 3-5 years. This is because I make significantly more money than other entry level engineers in Avago, so they need to "even me out".

    I would not recommend working for Avago under any circumstance, especially if you're a new engineer like me. This is not a company that is established on cutting edge products, hard work, and good engineers. It is established on cannibalizing businesses and conglomerating them into one company to make the magic investing equation "1+1=3" work.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't work here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Avago Technologies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nothing pro about this company.

    Cons

    Working 12 hour shifts and having no weekends off. There is not much communication in this place. The pay raise is dumb by a number system,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No communication on things like telling us 2 months before the end of the year we are going 12 hour shifts next year.

    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just a job, not a place to grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Avago Technologies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The stock has been going up because the CEO focuses on squeezing every penny of cost out and is quick to dump any business that he thinks is not cutting it. If you can get some stock that is where you can see some income upside.

    Cons

    100% financially driven. Employees are tools to meet the numbers. If you are happen to be in a group where the business looks good to the CEO you may be OK but if the business softens at all or your in an area that he doesn't think is up to his standards you should keep your resume up to date. The challenge that creates is that everyone seems to look out for themselves and erodes any team environment quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is a long list.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solely about cost and profitability and currently low morale

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avago Technologies full-time

    Pros

    challenging and interesting work enviroment

    Cons

    Profitability at all costs; cut jobs anytime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get a backbone

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Sooo glad to be gone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer

    I worked at Avago Technologies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Absolutely none that I could see. It's like a plague of locusts.

    Cons

    I was laid off apparently because I was paid to much and was replaced with a new grad. Good luck to that young fella whose taking over, as he looked like a deer in the headlights. Seems the Avago business model is to get everything as cheaply as possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enjoy your ride I guess.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Bottom-line oriented

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Avago Technologies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The CEO is very bottom-line focused. ALL decisions appear to be oriented at hitting this quarter's or this year's numbers. There is a risk of a short-term approach and an under-investment in employees. However, the approach is profitable, at least in the short-term. The elimination of telecommuting introduces challenges and is disruptive for employees. Depending on a person's goals, the approach could either be a pro or a con...

    Cons

    The CEO is very bottom-line focused. ALL decisions appear to be oriented at hitting this quarter's or this year's numbers. There is a risk of a short-term approach and an under-investment in employees. However, the approach is profitable, at least in the short-term. The elimination of telecommuting introduces challenges and is disruptive for employees. Depending on a person's goals, the approach could either be a pro or a con...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 10 people found this helpful  

    Rapidly approaching armageddon

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Avago Technologies

    Pros

    The no work from home policy is creating extra hours for me to enjoy with my family since I no longer putting in more than 8 hours a day now. I often used to work more than 10 hours a day with LSI but is now cutting back since I have to spend extra 3 hours commuting. A plus for my family life but a minus for company's productivity.

    Cons

    Things had rapidly gone down hill since Avago took over LSI. CEO is a profit driven macro manager with zero idea how to run a modern tech company. He once famous said that "if he could have every employee report to him directly, he would". (what an idiot). People calls him Kim Jong Hoc because of his dictatorial management style. Everyone (including management) lives in fear of angering him and gets the axe. People with options spend their days looking for new jobs. I predicate this place will look like a ghost town in a few month. Avago runs on fear, not trust, and people have no incentive to work extra or smart. Projects are all being delayed because of CEO's inflexible management style (read, pissed off people don't put in extra hours or put company ahead of other things).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of this CEO and learn how to manage a productive tech company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 8 people found this helpful  

    Since Avago took over LSI, it's a mess. It's a bad fit for such different technology companies (Avago and LSI)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ASIC Design Engineer
    Current Employee - ASIC Design Engineer

    I have been working at Avago Technologies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Bonuses of original Avago rumored to be OK in good years. Since people are put off with the new no working from home rule, everyone is only working 8 hour days, including night calls, and that has created a lot more family time and less email.

    Cons

    Hock Tan acts like a spoiled kid with a god complex. His first move was to 100% eliminate all work-from-home. He didn't realize the number of extra hours that LSI employees put in dealing with work groups spread round the-world and in multiple time zones. When it seemed that employees didn't adopt the new policy right away, he asked HR to begin daily reports of employees badging in versus vacation days.

    You'd swear he thought he was running some Singaporean Sweat Shop or something instead of a leading edge semiconductor company with salaried professionals. Vacation cutbucks of about 5 days for ex-LSI people are imminent. He stopped all LSI sabbatical benefits earned but not used. He's giving them cash instead of time off. Pay is frozen for ex-LSI. All of the management is afraid to contradict him.

    Employee moral is way lower since the takeover. People's extra work hours are rapidly scaling back affecting schedules. I predict a large exodus if things don't change within a month. It looks like our organization may be sold off. We're hoping for that so we can get out of here. What an great place LSI was!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hock needs to go. All levels of management fear him and can't say anything (or he'll fire them). Best move would be to have the board can Hock and put a real "leader" in charge of the company. All other senior managers need to take a stand for their employees. Otherwise there won't be any experienced employees to fulfill the future workload. You can't run a technology company with just cheap new college kids that can't find another job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Terrible company, with a highly incompetent and cheap CEO.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer

    I worked at Avago Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people (other than the ones in management, upper management is terrible)

    Cons

    - Hostile and threatening corporate management.
    - Live and work with the fear of being laid-off any day.
    - CEO is a power freak and tries to monitor and control every little thing in the company, himself. Even managers seem to be scared of taking initiatives.
    - No free snacks or coffee, a very rare phenomenon for a tech company.
    - The company (CEO mostly) considers itself a Singapore company, not an USA company. Tries to force Singaporean work culture on American employees.
    - Company mindset is to save money to show investors that they are making profits. This translates directly into NO R&D funding. So no real technological growth.
    - In reality company is very stagnant without any innovations, profitable (on papers) only due to very aggressive cost-cutting measures.
    - No bonus or perks. Be happy that they pay for health insurance (partially).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Convince your boss, the CEO, to invest some money and confidence into the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    Ruthless

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Fort Collins, CO

    I have been working at Avago Technologies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great product line. Give out good stock options to employees

    Cons

    The CEO has absolutely no conscience and is only interested in money. Employees are just commodities, who can be disposed off at the expense of improving the gross margins by 0.1%. The rest of the folks end up working 60 hrs +, just so managemt can snooze in Hawaii. Not a place for employment if you want a peace of mind. The review process is a pisaing contest which pits colleagues against each other so that they get ranked higher. During this time, the productivity really suffers and hurts the company profitability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of employee stacking. Reward employees with better health benefits

    Disapproves of CEO

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