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Broadcom Reviews in Irvine, CA

Updated Jul 29, 2014
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3.4 161 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

Broadcom President & CEO Scott McGregor

Scott McGregor

(86 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great technology, so many design wins, work-life balance, great managers (in 39 reviews)

  • Dynamic work environment with multiple concurrent projects (in 55 reviews)


Cons
  • High pressure environment, tough to maintain work-life balance (in 39 reviews)

  • In the past engineers were given preference but now it's more in line with a "Big Company" dynamic (in 21 reviews)

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    Broadcom is a good place to work

    Senior Staff IC Design Engineer (Current Employee) Irvine, CA

    Prosgood work and life balance, good and friendly people

    ConsIts market portion is shrinking down year by year, incapable management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great work place in great living location

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee) Irvine, CA

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Many intelligent and smart persons company

    Principal IC Design Engineer (Former Employee) Irvine, CA

    Pros1. Have much latest knowledge and know-how.
    2. Almost unlimited resource to engineers.
    3. Work and life balance.
    4. Not too bad pay.

    Cons1.Bad market strategy.
    2. Too many politics.
    3. Worse and worse benefit since 2008.
    4. Communication when remote site cooperation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink about what is the best to company. And most important thing, do not cut off benefit anymore.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Irvine, CA

    ProsGood technical ladder path for individual contributors. A lot of cultural diversity, talent pool.
    Good internal transfer policy so one can have a lot of options to pursue different interests

    ConsAs the company has grown, so have the hierarchy and layers in some organization

    Advice to Senior ManagementStrive to stay nimble and agile in order to be competitive

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great location , inelegant employee

    Test Engineer (Current Employee) Irvine, CA

    ProsWork anytime from anywhere, You are not limited to Monday-Friday, 8-5. get the job done come when ever you want to come to work

    ConsCan't think of one, its all go0d

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Challenging

    Senior Principal Design Engineer (Current Employee) Irvine, CA

    ProsCutting edge products in latest nodes.

    ConsPoor roadmap choices by management in certain teams.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Questionable Exec Management

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) Irvine, CA

    ProsUpdated IT tools, nice office facilities

    ConsQuestionable Exec and Sr Management decisions

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave a clearer picture of the long-term goals and opportunities

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company

    Technical Director (Former Employee) Irvine, CA

    Prosupside potential with more downside though

    Constoo many changes with mgmt teams

    Advice to Senior Managementstay connected

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Way too much beuracracy for a company with little process.

    Staff II Engineer (Current Employee) Irvine, CA

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsJob 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 Senior ManagementQuit 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great culture for Engineers!

    Prefer Not to Say (Former Employee) Irvine, CA

    ProsThe company employs some of the best engineering and IT talent in the world. Many opportunities for technical contributors. Most employees are highly motivated and driven. Compensation is good.

    ConsThe culture is very focused on Engineers.... if you are in other functions, it is not as rewarding as opportunities are limited. There is little opportunity for work life balance. High turnover in support functions

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink about the culture you want and make changes if you're troubled by the turnover of your support functions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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