Broadcom Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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  1. It's a good company and provides comfortable environment.

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Firmware Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Firmware Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    It respects employees give them opportunities to do what they want to do.

    Cons

    It gave up baseband business and it made me concern.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Long hours, good pay, repetitive projects, not the most interesting work for a software engineer

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

    I have been working at Broadcom full-time

    Pros

    Good compensation even though they keep reducing equity allocations, flexible working hours, awesome vacation policy. Very competitive company. Generally makes wise business decisions. Fast to address issues...usually.

    Cons

    Long hours. Company is very hardware focused. As a software engineer work is not very interesting or challenging. Software engineers tend to be viewed as 2nd class citizens. Majority of time is spent testing and can be very repetitive. Difficult to find opportunities to grow either technically or professionally.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful

    the top management don't care the employees

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    Former Employee - Staff II Hardware Development Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Staff II Hardware Development Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Broadcom

    Pros

    the office area is new, and usually two people share one room

    Cons

    they just laid off the whole group due to their own strategic mistakens

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. good place to learn

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    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Broadcom

    Pros

    its a good place to learn, office is really nice

    Cons

    salary is not competitive to pure software company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful

    Firmware engineer

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    Current Employee - Firmware Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Firmware Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    1. Office is good.
    2. Coffee machine is above average.
    3. Unlimited soft drinks.

    Cons

    1. Very tight schedule.
    2. Low pay.
    3. Kept costing down.
    4. No career development.
    5. Expected to work long hours and always urgent issues coming.
    6. Higher managements not willing to change.
    7. Engineers lack of new knowledge.
    8. Routine and tedious works even in development roles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    Company's decision are based on stock price rather than proper evalauation

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    Former Employee - Director in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    The company provides a good work life balance and good work environment for it's employees. Employees usually get a lot of freedom to implement their ideas and thoughts. Not too much workplace politics and engineers are usually busy with projects to work on

    Cons

    Lacks good top leadership. Some decisions don't make sense like acquiring the LTE assets and then shutting down the unit within 9 months of it's acquisition. Seems like the unit was just bought to jack-up the stock price after it took a plunge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on value generation and don't change leadership very often the mistake made in MPG. Create a clear mission statement that the managers can share with their teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Low pressure, low performance

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    Current Employee - Staff II Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff II Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Very good work/life balance.
    Friendly, cooperative colleagues.
    Good work challenges

    Cons

    Bad management decision resulting in staff reduction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop concentrating on selling your stocks and work on engineering solutions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Have a broad view of back-end diesign, however, without depth.

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

    I worked at Broadcom full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    You can learn anything related to backend design of SOCs. Like, STA, IR analysis, DFT, place&route, synthesis, formal verification, etc.

    Cons

    New employees will struggle for quite a long time, as new employees barely get help from experienced engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Schedule a mentor to help new employee.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Good company, senior management (VPs) could have done better for the cellular BB business

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

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

    Pros

    friendly, challenging, interesting work, talented people

    Cons

    GM of the cellular BB unit should have fixed the issues within his BU

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CTOs cannot get to be appointed as GMs, company should focus on long term objectives rather than short term profit

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 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 (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

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