Broadcom Reviews

Updated August 12, 2015
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Pros
  • The work-life balance is really different from group to group (in 47 reviews)

  • Great work environment at the company called Broadcom (in 65 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is non-existent (in 44 reviews)

  • More work less life - but this is probably typical of any big company in USA these days (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Overview

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Broadcom as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Solid leadership and technical delivery. Good environment and respectful of employees

    Cons

    None that I can see


  2. Software Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Fun projects, good peers, and career development

    Cons

    Long hours, not very flexible work hours

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  3. Helpful (2)

    good riddance

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Broadcom full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Once-a-quarter free meal. Air conditioned office. I am drawing blank...

    Cons

    Lots of passive agressive engineers and bunch of managers looking at reports as step stools for their career. Bizarre cult of the founder. 1984 back to the future general ambiance. Good match for Avago.

    Advice to Management

    buy an island (or two) and retire


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  5. Be close with management

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    Former Employee - Principal IC Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Principal IC Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and Flexible time are the best thing

    Cons

    Your progress depends entirely on your manager and even you can't reject biased appraisals

    Advice to Management

    No Advice as they don't listen to the suggestions


  6. good company to work for

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Dynamic work environment. Growth opportunities. Lot of learning opportunities

    Cons

    Work becomes overloaded. Work life balance is not good.

    Advice to Management

    Reward the employees with good Pay increments


  7. Fast paced, competitive, great learning

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Broadcom full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn, reasonable pay, good reputation in Chip industry

    Cons

    No work life balance, does not promote innovation, old school enterprise thinking

    Advice to Management

    Create an environment for employee innovation and promote startup culture atleast 20% of employee time


  8. Intern

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great management Decent Pay Flexible Hours A lot of learning opportunity

    Cons

    Sometimes get stuck with doing repetitive tasks No real perks

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. Helpful (3)

    Mixed experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Broadcom full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Broadcom is the undisputed leader as the silicon vendor for connectivity, switching and set top box spaces with no real competitor. This makes them a very stable employer. They prefer to hire senior and experienced engineers. That combined with the stability makes it a good place to work until you retire. People are generally very nice to work with. The workload is very manageable and most days you can be out by 5 to spend time with family. They have a very generous flex time policy, ESPP is excellent and they are very open to remote working arrangements.

    Cons

    In my opinion, and despite all the pros, Broadcom is not a good place for anyone below 50 due to these three cons: Complete lack of recognition (monetary, verbal or titular): You can work day in and out for years on the same thing without any recognition or advancement. Quality of work: Most "developers" are glorified application engineers being ground up by extremely pushy customers. Expect to be thrown into the deep end without training, management support, or esoteric things like documentation. The interesting work is done by a caste of "architects". The job for the rest is to isolate these chosen few from irate customers. Very flinty and litigious company: Overall salary is below par. Benefits are very meh. 401k is a joke. They structure pay (using RSUs) in a way that defers paying for work already performed, ties employee up for years and has built in claw-backs. Great for the company. Not that great for employee.

    Advice to Management

    In my opinion, Broadcom cannot be fixed without gutting and rebuilding the culture (and especially management culture) of the company.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Broadcom is great company to work with smart brains in Bay area !! You always hit challenges .

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Applications in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Applications in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dynamic work policies. Great technologies to work on. Broadcom always thrives to be on cut-edge technology in semiconductor. You can openly share your ideas to work on the problems and have ample opportunity to keep learning new stuffs.

    Cons

    Work pressure is very high in Broadcom. You may be handling ~ 3 to 4 projects at a time and may need to work on it on same day. Employee should be given more chance to select their area of interest to work.

    Advice to Management

    Try to focus on committing more individuals on specific projects.


  11. Intern

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    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Broadcom as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Place to work, Good experience,

    Cons

    Had to work late hours, No proper standard followed.



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