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Broadcom Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
979 Reviews
3.5
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Industry leading company; work life balance is ok; the working environment is well equipted (in 47 reviews)

  • The company provides a good work life balance and good work environment for it's employees (in 65 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-Life balance not always respected, principally due to multiple leaderships (in 44 reviews)

  • People here will do work which some other big company have several people do (in 22 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not my favorite

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Financial Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Financial Analyst in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Good compensation
    Good benefits
    On site perks

    Cons

    Terrible culture in which employees don't help each other
    Most top down organization I've encountered
    Poor employee moral
    No eagerness to engage employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit focusing on benefits and start actually caring about employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Engineer I

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer I in Denmark, KS
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer I in Denmark, KS

    I worked at Broadcom

    Pros

    Wide diversity in products, many interesting costumers

    Cons

    Their work life ballance policy is poor, their treatment of employees are poor, too profit oriented with no respect for the individual and if they shut down an office, as they did here in CPH, their treatment of resigned personell is extremely bad...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The quickest and easiest way to good products and happy costumers, is happy employees !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Not a good place to work and excel

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer, Firmware
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer, Firmware

    I have been working at Broadcom full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    So many excellent engineers work there.

    Cons

    Management thinks that every engineer can be replaceable just by hiring cheaper labor in overseas or US. They don't understand the concept of retaining talent or motivating them to do good work. Most often no recognition for creativity and hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and talk to engineers, not the managers.

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

    Mixed experience

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

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

    Pros

    Broadcom is the undisputed leader as the silicon vendor for connectivity, switching and set top box spaces with no real competitor. This makes them a very stable employer. They prefer to hire senior and experienced engineers. That combined with the stability makes it a good place to work until you retire. People are generally very nice to work with. The workload is very manageable and most days you can be out by 5 to spend time with family.

    They have a very generous flex time policy, ESPP is excellent and they are very open to remote working arrangements.

    Cons

    In my opinion, and despite all the pros, Broadcom is not a good place for anyone below 50 due to these three cons:

    Complete lack of recognition (monetary, verbal or titular): You can work day in and out for years on the same thing without any recognition or advancement.

    Quality of work: Most "developers" are glorified application engineers being ground up by extremely pushy customers. Expect to be thrown into the deep end without training, management support, or esoteric things like documentation. The interesting work is done by a caste of "architects". The job for the rest is to isolate these chosen few from irate customers.

    Very flinty and litigious company: Overall salary is below par. Benefits are very meh. 401k is a joke. They structure pay (using RSUs) in a way that defers paying for work already performed, ties employee up for years and has built in claw-backs. Great for the company. Not that great for employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In my opinion, Broadcom cannot be fixed without gutting and rebuilding the culture (and especially management culture) of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Very good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Line Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Product Line Manager in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Broadcom

    Pros

    Time off and perks are pretty decent

    Cons

    workload and worklife balance is not very good. Promotions dont come easy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    The expreience is neutral. The compensation is sub-standard and you need to negotiate a lot

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff IC Design Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff IC Design Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Broadcom full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work is good, you will have the opportunity to learn.

    Cons

    The perks are not that good. It used to be good but not so now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide good salaries to retain employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's OK, but could be better.

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

    I have been working at Broadcom full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good. Employees are great to work with.

    Cons

    No growth, pay is horrible (for non-engineering roles). Titles/promotions given for "who" you support, not for your skill level. Favoritism is obvious. No rewards, freebies, give aways for employees. If you reward your employees, you will find that they will work harder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Netlogic groups is a disaster

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Line Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Line Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Broadcom full-time

    Pros

    good benefits
    strong products, stable company

    Cons

    Netlogic group is a disaster. Engineering group decides what product to build and which features to use.
    No clear direction from management. Power struggle in the marketing group nobody talks to anyone everything is kept as a secret..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear up the mismanaged Netlogic group. Improve the culture of communication and sharing there

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Managers not good especially the newly hired managers

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

    I have been working at Broadcom full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good technology, Good core people in some of the BUs

    Cons

    The company seems to have hired managers recently, say 2-3 years ago, who are neither technical nor have any management skills. Lots of politics and influence for which wrong candidates get hired for managerial role.
    Not all groups comprise of good people. If you want to get into this company, try to get into the core teams which have excellent technical expertise and management. all other groups be it hardware or software comprise of not so skilled people. Anyways, core technical ppl will definitely not join the support teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to be skilled enough to hire someone fit for the managerial roles...no doubt company had to shut off so many BUs due to lack of good products and lack of competent and skilled technical ppl. Not just enough to throw money on the new hires seeing their resume, need to have the ability to evaluate the candidates in the most effective way else company is going to continually run into loss by giving joining bonus to the new hires and than laying them off after 6months.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Firmware engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Firmware Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Firmware Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Broadcom full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    1. Office is good.
    2. Coffee machine is above average.
    3. Unlimited soft drinks.

    Cons

    1. Very tight schedule.
    2. Low pay.
    3. Kept costing down.
    4. No career development.
    5. Expected to work long hours and always urgent issues coming.
    6. Higher managements not willing to change.
    7. Engineers lack of new knowledge.
    8. Routine and tedious works even in development roles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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