Broadcom Reviews in Santa Clara, CA

Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
891 Reviews
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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.  

    Very high end cutting edge technologies, Nice people

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    Current Employee - Staff II IC Design Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Staff II IC Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Values Employeed based on preformance, not attendance

    Cons

    a bit unorganized in terms of documentation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Broadcom as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good company to work. Manager was helpful and guided properly.

    Cons

    difficult for interns to continue as a full time engineer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves 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

    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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  5.  

    Challenging but stressful

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

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

    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
  6.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - IC Design Engineer, Staff II  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - IC Design Engineer, Staff II in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Self-motivated, hard-working engineers focused at delivering cutting-edge products in the low to high end cellular baseband division

    Cons

    Working with people in different locations on different time-zones can be tricky and very stressful at times. You need to be flexible about your work hours at times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Product Applications Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Product Applications Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Great training programs. Learning opportunities abound. Culture encourages lots of learning opportunities. Get to work on complex technical problems.

    Cons

    Lack of engineering processes and procedures that are followed consistently between teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    very good

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Broadcom full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Execellent job interview and excellent environment.

    Cons

    no problem but salary could be increased.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer, Firmware  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer, Firmware in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefit, nice working environment, IT support is fantastic

    Cons

    Tight schedule, sometime have to work over the holidays

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Will learn a lot because of the open work culture.

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    Current Employee - Staff II IC Design Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Staff II IC Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Great exposure and good personal growth.

    Cons

    Compensation and benefits not the best.
    wok-life balance highly depends on the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please do forward thinking. Strategic decisions cost the growth of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Its a very pleasant and enjoyable place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Its in the Silicon Valley.
    Everyone working here is very nice and understands each other very well.

    Cons

    The cafeteria is bad. Not that great when it comes to the food served.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the cafeteria and the coffee machine good

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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