Broadcom Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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  1. Good pay for entry/intermediate

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Broadcom

    Pros

    Great compensation, benefits and perks

    Cons

    None that I can think of at this time


  2. advantages/disadvantages

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Broadcom

    Pros

    lots of flexibility and very good culture of people who are technically strong and are nice.

    Cons

    Unstable in the recent years, a number of massive lay offs and acquisitions, and recently acquired by Avago Inc. For a 500-fortune company you would expect a better stability of the business


  3. Was Great place to work

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    • 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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  5. Operations Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operation Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Operation Specialist in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Broadcom

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great group to work with! Able to work with all groups within the company. Good balance of working with people and technology

    Cons

    Not much room for growth opportunities for management

    Advice to Management

    More recognition and team building activities would be great.


  6. Great compensation, great tech, long hours, toxic Interpersonal relationships

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great compensation and the ability to work with the latest technology. They really put an emphasis on getting product out the door so the technology to make that happen is the best in the world. Broadcom says they hire only the best of the best and they compensate that way.

    Cons

    Prepare to dislike the people you work with. A lot of toxic relationships. Never before have I worked at a place where I don't trust the people I work with. That has never happened before. Even my spouse tells me to not trust these people. But the compensation is top notch which means that people stay and gradually adopt the same interpersonal skills of their coworkers to survive. Teamwork suffers.

    Advice to Management

    There should be a question on the annual survey "Do you know a group that is difficult to work with?" Find the toxic groups and find out why they are so hard to work with. That said, Broadcom is being acquired by Avago and Avago will probably layoff a quarter of Broadcom so the current Broadcom won't be around much longer.


  7. The new Broadcom

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There were many pros before but now it's another story. I guess it depends who and what department you work for.

    Cons

    The direction of the company has changed since starting and implementing a new ERP. Everything has to be a project and how much money to get things done. Presentation on slides are important and it's not about the work anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Please figure out that there are good people still working for here. A new ERP does not solve everything. Train your old employees and just don't hire new ones that can spell the new ERP systems name.


  8. The Borg of Irvine

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

    I have been working at Broadcom full-time (More than 3 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Broadcom has kept many of its product groups on cutting edge, releasing increasingly advanced ICs which outpace the competition. This in its areas of strength. Overall seems a reasonable balance of leadership with autonomy. When BRCM exited mobile processor market, they seem to have done a good job transferring people to other positions. Many of the ones who did get laid off have trickled back in in new roles over the last 12 months.

    Cons

    If you are used to smaller groups, you will be lost. The ICs are so complex an army must work on them. Cross functional support can be improved significantly. The Avago acquisition is a cloud on the horizon. For engineers not too gloomy, but support roles could get hit hard.


  9. Great team, not very caring company

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

    I have been working at Broadcom

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Terrific team, challenging work, and typical big company benefits

    Cons

    People are just bodies thrown at work; very little focus on self-development or long-term growth

    Advice to Management

    Focus on people


  10. Great R&D company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There is great collaboration among groups.

    Cons

    The Avago buyout is concerning. The culture at Avago is more compartmentalized structure, with no collaboration.


  11. Broadcom intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Broadcom

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great cafeteria and facilities at the HQ

    Cons

    too zoned into specific duties as an intern and not really much to do except update reports.



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