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Broadcom Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 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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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    principle engineer

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

    Pros

    excellent engineers and expertise, comfortable office culture

    Cons

    pool management team, lack of vision and execution ability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    eliminate the hierarchy of management layers, take responsibility for failed projects

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    competitive compensation but awful vacation policy

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    lots of cool projects on which to work with top tier customers and competitive compensation plans composed of base salary, stock (RSUs), annual bonus, and ESPP.

    Cons

    Vacation policy is awful. There is no accrued entitled vacation. Instead employees can take time off when their schedule allows with manager approval. But the schedules of highly utilized employees never have open time (and who would feel secure if they weren't utilized), how can you predict your schedule in order to plan vacations months in advance, and the system is extremely biased upon ones manager's philosophy of employees down-time.

    Also, although their are classes offered on advancement and an advancement road map, I've been in the exact same position for several years even though my reviews have always been excellent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know you guys know the vacation policy is terrible even though you had the nerve to promote it as better than the previous accrual-based system, because none of the copious surveys have asked about it since its inception nor has it ever been brought up again.

    Also, I realize bloated director salaries are the norm today, but Broadcom seems to be one of the more extreme examples with directors continuing to get 10-50 million dollar bonuses even though the company's performance has been anything but stellar. Why don't you put some questions about this on the next survey?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Get to work with great people

    Cons

    Management is margin driven . No vision.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of long term strategies on new business directions

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The managers are OK with employees. The engineers are good at their specific expertise. Work and life balance is adequate.

    Cons

    It doesn't provide profit-sharing bonus for ordinary employees. Only some top engineers, managers and senior executives can get bonus.
    In addition, it lacks an overall strategy for new business opportunities like cellular. Insufficient investment at a delayed timing makes it unable to compete in this market.

  7.  

    OK ..

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It's a company with good employees.

    Cons

    4G LTE fall too behind and never catch up to the industry.

  8.  

    Challenging but stressful

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    Smart people to work with. Learned a lot. Flex time was good. Benefits were good.Career development was decent.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance was poor. Too many global locations led to many meetings at all hours of the day and night. As the company got bigger, it became more process oriented and management heavy. It used to be much more nimble in the earlier years. It took them too long to make product line decisions, leading to closure of many business units such as the closure of the mobile cellular BU.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    satisfactory

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    provides great exposure for freshers/interns

    Cons

    pay is pretty less as compared to others

  10.  

    Company that needs a clear growth direction

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Well payed. Plenty of opportunities if you work hard in the right group which is growing mode. Has some pretty smart people.

    Cons

    Very political, especially if you are in the management track. People will do whatever it takes to move up instead. Some very bad mid-level managers.

  11.  

    Good work life balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible schedule, clear top management message

    Cons

    Responsibilities not clear, group management, training not enough, no collaboration within group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Personal growth development focus needed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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