Broadcom Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
896 Reviews
3.5
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great technology company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Working for broadcom, you experience the cutting edge technology. work load seems very difference between team to team, people to people. Total compensation is good, expecially before 2008. All in all, it is very good expierence.

    Cons

    With company today's size, the start up company rewarding style is disappearing very quickly. Significant reward can no longer be distributed to real significant contributors. While project schedule is seeming delayed, some teams are fighting for loading.

    Recent decision for handling mobile communication chip Bu may be good for businese but most probably not handling correctly, hurt many dedicated employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep team lean and sharp. Reward heavily on key contributors. Avoid mobile communication BU type bz failure.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    GPTW

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    Former Employee - Test Intern  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Test Intern in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Broadcom as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of career opportunities. Lots of experienced engineers who help you out to start off with. All in all a decent experience.

    Cons

    Bad recruitment process. Most of the internships are not converted to a full time job. No other complains as such.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good Company with lots of oppotunity.

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    Current Employee - Principal IC Design Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Principal IC Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Broadcom full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible working hours. Good planning and document. A lot of training courses are provided. Engineers are motivated.

    Cons

    Less opportunity to get promotion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    experienced hardware architect

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

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

    Pros

    Irvine has a good weather, nice school, lots of good food. Excellent place to live,

    Cons

    high house price, not good vacation policy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    good work place environment.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager - Operations  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager - Operations in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Promotes family (annual family day). Good gyms and showers and cafeteria. Good benefits and time off. Makes training accessible and encourages you to do it.

    Cons

    Senior management sometimes appears distant. I had very few career opportunities in my department, but was in operations, not engineering. Broadcom is engineering dominant.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Staff engineer

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

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

    Pros

    People and environment are nice, good place to learn

    Cons

    Resources were inadequate, too many ongoing project

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more focus on feature products and stick with it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 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 for 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
  9.  

    Sr Staff Scientist

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Systems Design Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Systems Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technologies. People are nice to work with. Good procedure both in terms of development and debug to grantee it's success.

    Cons

    Too much history to start as a new person. No systematic document. Salary is not competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve compensation to let the smart ones stay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    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 for 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
  11.  

    Broadcom

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    Current Employee - Staff Software QA Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software QA Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Work with very qualified people. 10% of all Broadcom's employees have Ph.D.'s.

    Cons

    Company grew too fast. Large company still operates like small. Hard to get your work done when you don't have the info you need to get it done.
    company used to have a market-lead pay strategy. Now they pay below the market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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