Broadcom

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Broadcom Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
978 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Industry leading company; work life balance is ok; the working environment is well equipted (in 47 reviews)

  • The company provides a good work life balance and good work environment for it's employees (in 65 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-Life balance not always respected, principally due to multiple leaderships (in 44 reviews)

  • People here will do work which some other big company have several people do (in 22 reviews)

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  1.  

    Not a good place to work and excel

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer, Firmware
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer, Firmware

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

    Pros

    So many excellent engineers work there.

    Cons

    Management thinks that every engineer can be replaceable just by hiring cheaper labor in overseas or US. They don't understand the concept of retaining talent or motivating them to do good work. Most often no recognition for creativity and hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and talk to engineers, not the managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Broadcom full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Broadcom is the undisputed leader as the silicon vendor for connectivity, switching and set top box spaces with no real competitor. This makes them a very stable employer. They prefer to hire senior and experienced engineers. That combined with the stability makes it a good place to work until you retire. People are generally very nice to work with. The workload is very manageable and most days you can be out by 5 to spend time with family.

    They have a very generous flex time policy, ESPP is excellent and they are very open to remote working arrangements.

    Cons

    In my opinion, and despite all the pros, Broadcom is not a good place for anyone below 50 due to these three cons:

    Complete lack of recognition (monetary, verbal or titular): You can work day in and out for years on the same thing without any recognition or advancement.

    Quality of work: Most "developers" are glorified application engineers being ground up by extremely pushy customers. Expect to be thrown into the deep end without training, management support, or esoteric things like documentation. The interesting work is done by a caste of "architects". The job for the rest is to isolate these chosen few from irate customers.

    Very flinty and litigious company: Overall salary is below par. Benefits are very meh. 401k is a joke. They structure pay (using RSUs) in a way that defers paying for work already performed, ties employee up for years and has built in claw-backs. Great for the company. Not that great for employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In my opinion, Broadcom cannot be fixed without gutting and rebuilding the culture (and especially management culture) of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    excellent tech company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Independence
    Technically very strong
    good work life balance

    Cons

    None
    Maybe some more perks :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work.. Cheers!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Broadcom sunnyvale

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Broadcom as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    People are friendly, sunnyvale is a good place and the company near downtown. Good restaurants there.

    Cons

    Not as I can think.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Broadcom is great company to work with smart brains in Bay area !! You always hit challenges .

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Applications in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Applications in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Dynamic work policies. Great technologies to work on. Broadcom always thrives to be on cut-edge technology in semiconductor.
    You can openly share your ideas to work on the problems and have ample opportunity to keep learning new stuffs.

    Cons

    Work pressure is very high in Broadcom. You may be handling ~ 3 to 4 projects at a time and may need to work on it on same day.
    Employee should be given more chance to select their area of interest to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to focus on committing more individuals on specific projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Challenging yet satisfying

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Professional in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Professional in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Broadcom full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Broad product portfolio, opportunities but you need to take control of your own career here. Willing to invest in employees, annual tech conference, tech seminars, travel as needed. Good comp and benefits. Lots of flexibility on work hours and time off.

    Cons

    Not many. Improve managers and cooperation across units. Hours can be long during peak project times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less consensus and more leadership. Hold people accountable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Hardware engineer

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

    I worked at Broadcom full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, resources were adequate, lots of talented people

    Cons

    Market strategies can improve

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    DFT Intern ,Greta people and company

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    Former Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Broadcom as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    An awesome Mentor
    Great working space

    Cons

    not easy transfer to different teams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Great company, great products, but could use more work-life balance

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Broadcom full-time

    Pros

    Super smart people. Great benefits. Nice offices with gym and cafeteria.

    Cons

    Not many cons, but work-life balance needs improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Try to utilize resources more effectively and don't over work your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Intern

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

    I worked at Broadcom as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great Place to work, Good experience,

    Cons

    Had to work late hours, No proper standard followed.

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