Broadcom Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work-life balance is really different from group to group (in 46 reviews)

  • challenging work environment if working in leadership segments (in 63 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-Life balance not always respected, principally due to multiple leaderships (in 42 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  

    Firmware engineer

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    • 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
  2.  

    Exceptional run with the company. Recently left

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    Current Employee - Senior Director of Marketing in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director of Marketing in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Good working level people. Talented people in many facets. Decent work environment. Good training plans available.

    Cons

    Strategies always changing. Exec management caught up in politics and posturing. Previous failures not well reviewed so did not learn from mistakes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have taken the bitter medicine much earlier or given more time for the strategy to play out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low pressure, low performance

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    Current Employee - Staff II Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff II Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Very good work/life balance.
    Friendly, cooperative colleagues.
    Good work challenges

    Cons

    Bad management decision resulting in staff reduction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop concentrating on selling your stocks and work on engineering solutions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    It has become one of the mediocre big company that cannot develop anything new organically.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager

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

    Pros

    The pay is fair. It actually pays average people too much and not enough for high performers. The work-life balance is really different from group to group. Promotion opportunities are good, if you like a fancier title every couple of years.

    Cons

    No accountability for upper management. They screwed up so many key decisions but the people should be fired are still up there making ridiculous amount of money. Vacation policy is ridiculous. You supposedly can request unlimited vacation each year. But if you are a responsible person care about the projects you are working on, you would not get any because you do not have time to take vacation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The culture needs to change to reward people delivering the results and punish the people who screwed up. This should start with upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company to work for --- if you join the right groups!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Broadcom full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Marketing machine good at converting opportunities
    Abundance of smart people

    Cons

    Lack of a company-defining culture
    Engineers with highly inflated titles
    Too many burnt-out engineers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire engineers early in their careers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    No vision, no leadership.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Broadcom full-time

    Pros

    The compensation is very good. The engineers and lower management are truly excellent. You will work on something good and exciting.

    Cons

    Baseband business closure is a good example of why the company will have to change or face extinction. No strategic leadership from CEO or CTO and top management.

    They are not interested in investing and building organically. Cannot steer a technology. Cannot build engineering organization. They will just acquire next company and put sales targets on them. Then leave the integration mess to managers and excellent engineers bail them out of trouble.

    There is no real R&D effort, only on the books. R&D is considered what engineering teams come up with themselves.

    Zero accountability at executive level for repeated failures and missteps in baseband business. Inner circle power dominates business decisions.

    For these reasons other businesses will start failing over time and when key people leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new CEO with engineering vision that can control the management mafia. Get new CTO and fire useless CTO staff. Get R&D structure in the organization. Stop lying to employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good engineers; No leadership

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and facilities, on par with regular big companies. Generally nice people and smart engineers. Lots of technical knowledge in the organization.

    Cons

    Time off policies is ridiculous. In theory it is unlimited but in fact it is very dependent on managers' discretion and therefore creating lots of tensions for just getting time-off. Among the six managers/directors in my group, only two of them would actually give people proper time off. Other four director/manager would use any excuse to discourage people taking time off. Engineers who have family/friends overseas BE AWARE! If you ever want to take vacation overseas (> 2 weeks), they would make it really hard. Lots of low-level managers and some directors have ZERO social abilities or management skills. They have no regard of family/personal needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO(Scott M) is a pure bean counter with no vision; he needs to be replaced to start with. Educate your low level managers. Stop promoting every good engineer to management. Not every engineer is capable of managing people properly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good until Beceem acquisition

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    I have learned a lot in the cellular division at Broadcom. I -like many others- got the opportunity to go beyond the initial assignments and learn about many system aspects. Internal transfers are easy if not encouraged. Compensation is OK, used to be much better.

    Cons

    The cellular business got killed by the Beceem acquisition. The VP at Broadcom was buddy with the CEO of Beceem. After 3 years of going nowhere, Broadcom eventually acquired renesas but CEO decided to pull the plug after 9 months. Way to much politics now and those who screwed up never faced the consequence of their acts.
    Titles are very much inflated and meaningless. Those who just get a free ride get the same recognition as those who do the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of people who supported the acquisition of Beceem. Get the HR to do their job: identify the key talent, keep them motivated and retain them!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great work place in great living location

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Company provides good services to the engineers. IT team's support is really great. People are nice and gentle.

    Cons

    Benifits are getting reduced. It is matured and saturated, so less challenge.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Way too much beuracracy for a company with little process.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff II Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Staff II Engineer in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    The hours for salaried employees are super flexible and there is absurdly no pressure to work 8-hours everyday as long as you get your job done. The amenities at the Irvine campus are awesome.

    Cons

    Job titles mean nothing except how much you are paid but they don't actually reflect what you do at Broadcom. There are so many people who are placed into a job position that doesn't match at all their actual function in the company. There is a bazillion hoops to jump through to get the simplest things done. Every group has their own process in how things are done, NOTHING is harmonized. There is no Broadcom way. There always seems to be a power struggle for special projects that make management look good while taxing workers. Too many politics, not enough people and way too much redundant process bigs down progress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit letting things run like a start up. You're a big boy company now. You can't keep giving people more job responsibilities outside of their scope of work and expect to keep people happy. You can't continue to keep let each group run itself like it's own independent company and then expect harmony when two different BUs try to collaborate on a project. There is no centralized system that binds the company together to get everyone on the same page and until you realize this, the company is going to stagnate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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