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Broadcom Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
871 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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Employee Reviews

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    Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    Good company to work. Manager was helpful and guided properly.

    Cons

    difficult for interns to continue as a full time engineer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    senior staff hardware engineer

    Current Employee - RF Hardware Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - RF Hardware Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    good training, no busy, kind engineer

    Cons

    bad management, wrong direction, do not care customer

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Great compensation. Leader in wireless connectivity.

    Cons

    Not an easy job, changes impact millions of users which can sometimes be very stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Principal FW Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good Salary Package. Balance work life

    Cons

    Hard to be promoted

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Broadcom is a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff IC Design Engineer  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff IC Design Engineer in Irvine, CA

    Pros

    good work and life balance, good and friendly people

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Excellent Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Low key, can concentrate on getting the work done. The engineering staff is extremely talented, hard-working, and well trained. Almost everyone has a masters or PhD degree.

    Cons

    In my department, the managers are weak. They are poor at motivating the engineering staff, poor at decision making, and slow to make decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have concerns about the performance of senior management, especially related to the mobile phone group. Decisions need to improve in both speed and quality.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    No vision, no leadership.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    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
  9.  

    Was a good place to work in. Pretty good work environment. Questionable upper leadership decisions.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    This comes from a software engineer's perspective. Good knowledgeable engineers to work with. Good benefits, stock plans. Some interesting software to work on.

    Cons

    Can be very fast-paced at times. Interesting work is not shared amongst all engineers within the team. Lack of interesting training for software professional, training more hardware-oriented. The shutdown of cellular division is questionable business decision, but is business after all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acquire less companies and try to be ahead of other companies instead of catching up i.e. forecast where the industry is going better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Technical

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Irvine, CA

    Pros

    friendly working environment, and people is willing to share knowledge. Has good execution capability.

    Cons

    Work like a start-up. Higher management team doesn't have in-depth vision of the technical trend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to research.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Great people and technology, but weak leadership

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    engineering staff is very knowledgeable, access to latest design tools, frequent MPWs

    Cons

    Executive management lags vision, just follows the market
    Company does not learn from previous mistakes
    Company is following top-down management approach, and does not listen to feedback from the engineering community

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend time learning from previous mistakes, don't cut and run from one acquisition to the next

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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