Broadcom Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 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.  

    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

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

    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
  2.  

    Excellent Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Broadcom full-time

    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
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    No vision, no leadership.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Broadcom full-time

    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
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good engineers; No leadership

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and facilities, on par with regular big companies. Generally nice people and smart engineers. Lots of technical knowledge in the organization.

    Cons

    Time off policies is ridiculous. In theory it is unlimited but in fact it is very dependent on managers' discretion and therefore creating lots of tensions for just getting time-off. Among the six managers/directors in my group, only two of them would actually give people proper time off. Other four director/manager would use any excuse to discourage people taking time off. Engineers who have family/friends overseas BE AWARE! If you ever want to take vacation overseas (> 2 weeks), they would make it really hard. Lots of low-level managers and some directors have ZERO social abilities or management skills. They have no regard of family/personal needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO(Scott M) is a pure bean counter with no vision; he needs to be replaced to start with. Educate your low level managers. Stop promoting every good engineer to management. Not every engineer is capable of managing people properly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    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

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

    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
  7.  

    Technical

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

    I worked at Broadcom full-time for more than 5 years

    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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good until Beceem acquisition

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    I have learned a lot in the cellular division at Broadcom. I -like many others- got the opportunity to go beyond the initial assignments and learn about many system aspects. Internal transfers are easy if not encouraged. Compensation is OK, used to be much better.

    Cons

    The cellular business got killed by the Beceem acquisition. The VP at Broadcom was buddy with the CEO of Beceem. After 3 years of going nowhere, Broadcom eventually acquired renesas but CEO decided to pull the plug after 9 months. Way to much politics now and those who screwed up never faced the consequence of their acts.
    Titles are very much inflated and meaningless. Those who just get a free ride get the same recognition as those who do the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of people who supported the acquisition of Beceem. Get the HR to do their job: identify the key talent, keep them motivated and retain them!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    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

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

    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
  10.  

    principle engineer

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

    I worked at Broadcom full-time for more than 3 years

    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
  11.  

    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

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

    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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