Broadcom Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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Pros
  • The work-life balance is really different from group to group (in 47 reviews)

  • Great work environment at the company called Broadcom (in 65 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is non-existent (in 44 reviews)

  • More work less life - but this is probably typical of any big company in USA these days (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Solid company to work for (pre-Avago acquisition)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Event Coordinator in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Event Coordinator in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Broadcom full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Very competitive salary - entry level positions straight out of undergrad college make around $60k -Awesome benefits & 401k match -Great expense policy when traveling -Nice cafes and gyms at the Irvine campus -People here are very smart. It's rare to run into incompetent people at Broadcom -You can basically get whatever you need from the Help Desk like amazing ergonomic keyboards...triple monitors...etc -Great work life balance (this definitely varies from team to team). I am also able to work from home once in a while, which is really refreshing.

    Cons

    -No "community" feel/culture. People often keep to themselves -Not enough employee fun events. They took away the holiday parties and now only have a super lame family day event -Our jobs are in danger due to the Avago acquisition

    Advice to Management

    Too late. We are getting sold to Avago.


  2. Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Irvine, CA
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Broadcom as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Had fun working here. Boradcom exposed me to real work and experience

    Cons

    None that i can think of currently

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. I hope all goes well with the new acquisition


  3. Technical Accounting - (truth)

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

    I have been working at Broadcom full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great smart people who care about what the do and hold each other accountable. It is a work hard play hard environment. I have grown more here than in any role I have ever had. Those who can't cut it seem to get cut and become disgruntle (see June 20th post).

    Cons

    There is a high level of expectations which creates a lot of pressure.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


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  5. Intern Test Engineer

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

    I worked at Broadcom full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great work experience, good training, allowed me to work outside the box and experience different groups of system operation team

    Cons

    un-flexible work hours, poor communication structure with management team, unethical HR practices

    Advice to Management

    improve in better define communication with interns, create more efficient lines of communication


  6. Helpful (16)

    Such a shame

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Love the company. Maturity has helped with the work/life balance. Good benefits package. Flexible working hours and work from home policy. Base pay with strong ESPP program helps.

    Cons

    Change from equity compensation to bonus comp is terrible. Equity use to be a significant contributor to overall comp. Now bonuses are given, which is less than 5% and not guaranteed! Top level management is overpaid. Look at the CEO. How the hell does he reap $20M in 2014 after failing to deliver on a multi-year, multi-billion dollar program. No accountability with previous failed acquisitions; the board is overpaid and weak to the whims of the E level execs. Too bad they drove this company into the hands of Hock Gecko, who will undoubtedly slice and dice the company and employees.

    Advice to Management

    You got your money, now get out! It's unbelievable how many top execs kept their job after failing on the mobile effort. Due to your poor management, we are now being the ones that are being acquired.


  7. Good Company for now

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

    I have been working at Broadcom (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and good health care plan

    Cons

    IT is very busy than other departments


  8. Helpful (1)

    I work at Broadcom, for now.

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    good, team environment. good benefits

    Cons

    Avago acquisition not looking to be very good for employees

    Advice to Management

    too late for advice


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good company

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

    I have been working at Broadcom full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people working there Cutting edge projects

    Cons

    Unknown future Compensation goes down year over year


  10. Overall a good place to work

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

    I have been working at Broadcom (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good team to work with. A lot of smart and very capable engineers. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Upper management does not make right decision.

    Advice to Management

    None


  11. Was Great place to work

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

    I worked at Broadcom (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting projects, fast paced, well compensated, had market growth at one time.

    Cons

    perks slowly disappeared. Vacation was unlimited, then over 2 weeks requires sign off from VP. Cafeteria slowly gets worse and worse. Pivoted from growth company to sustain cash cow product company (in my opinion).



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