Avago Technologies Reviews
67% would recommend to a friend
(302 total reviews)
Hock E. Tan
56% approve of CEO
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Updated Apr 18, 2023
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- "Great people to work with and strong customers" (in 22 reviews)
- "Good pay in salary view in pay" (in 19 reviews)
- "Good benefits, on" (in 15 reviews)
- "Great colleagues, and cherishing the little that is left from Agilent/HP days." (in 12 reviews)
- "There's amazing work/life balance because you'll likely work only 25" (in 9 reviews)
- "Good company to work for they support thier employees well but have made some poor management decisions on staffing that forced a later decision to layoff about 15% of the people working in my business unit." (in 22 reviews)
- "organization means constant layoffs across all functions/roles (expect to be layed" (in 15 reviews)
- "Upper management fearful and do not have influence." (in 10 reviews)
- "CEO is a bit extreme on cutting staff and facilities." (in 8 reviews)
- "Some greedy senior management, that are all afraid of the CEO." (in 6 reviews)
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- 1.0Aug 5, 2021Account ManagerCurrent EmployeeSan Francisco, CA
There are multiple divisions that make up the valuation of the company and stock price. This dilutes the performance of any one division causing the stock price to take a hit. That said, Broadcom is about valuation and return on investment to their shareholders. They are a chip manufacturer in the end with a bunch of other divisions to help bring in revenue to support the overall growth of the company.
Very difficult to be in a sales roles and advocate for your customer. Broadcom is only interested in getting revenue out of existing contracts with little to no value add for YoY increases in renewal rates. They acquire companies for the revenue - not to be a thought leader. If you work for them just know it's about the stock and not what you are selling. Your personal brand with your customers will take a hit if you work for Broadcom. Comp plan will hold back earned / at risk pay until year end regardless of exceeding performance throughout the year.
- 3.0Jul 15, 2021Technical TrainerCurrent EmployeeFort Collins, CO
Scheduling is good depending on your lifestyle Benefits were great, are still good but getting more expensive. Some of the people are good to work with and learn from.
The rest of the people suck to work with and the good ol' boys club is alive and well. The pay sucks unless you are an engineer. People actually leave for 2 years and come back so they can make market value for their job. Raises are stingy and bonuses are hard to come by most years. The company struggles with accountability everywhere and HR is practically non-existent.
- 2.0Sep 24, 2021Senior StaffFormer Employee, more than 8 yearsIrvine, CA
pay is reasonally good. Work life balance. but quite some stress before the tape-out
The work is not so interesting and not challenging.
- 1.0Dec 20, 2014ASIC Design EngineerCurrent Employee
Good company to work for if you want a an engineering job where you do next to no work and collect a paycheck. There's amazing work/life balance because you'll likely work only 25-30 hours per week since there is no work to do.
The business model of Avago Technologies is to purchase mature businesses and then drive them into the ground through extremely aggressive layoffs, R&D cuts, and project cuts. The CEO has said himself that he does not care what we sell, he does not care about his employees, and he does not care about engineering. All he cares about is making the AVGO stock price go up. Avago does this by purchasing mature businesses and then running them 40-60% cheaper, effectively running them into the ground but turning massive operating profit. How do you run a successful and established business 40-60% cheaper? You layoff half the work-force, you cut all projects, you cut benefits, and you put a "hold" on promotions and raises. My company LSI was purchased by Avago about a year ago now. I've been told that I have absolutely no opportunity to move up in the company and that I will not get a salary raise for the next 3-5 years. This is because I make significantly more money than other entry level engineers in Avago, so they need to "even me out". I would not recommend working for Avago under any circumstance, especially if you're a new engineer like me. This is not a company that is established on cutting edge products, hard work, and good engineers. It is established on cannibalizing businesses and conglomerating them into one company to make the magic investing equation "1+1=3" work.24
- 3.0Nov 10, 2014ASIC Design EngineerCurrent Employee, more than 5 yearsFort Collins, CO
Flexible hours. Comfortable office with a few nice bene's. Dates for deliverables clearly identified. Yearly bonus is generous.
Performance review is a joke - does not reflect employee's (required) self-evaluation; does not include goals set by employee. No salary increase for (5+) years citing "industry standards." But after a recent merger, it was learned that Avago paid well under what other companies paid. Forced to take new assignment well outside of field of expertise. Middle management are simply the ditch-diggers for upper management who don't value employees as persons. Layoffs involve persons over 50 almost exclusively. Work-life balance is a catch-phrase (only). Emails from customers, coworkers and managements at all times of the day, night, and weekends, suggest that 100% dedication weekdays is not nearly enough. Middle management does not have an independent thought - merely reflecting what upper managers dictate without any pushback. Outsourcing many jobs.7
- 4.0Jul 15, 2015Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 8 years
Avago is one of those companies, you either love it or hate it. As of writing this review Avago is rated very low, but I have learned to appreciate Avago model. If you are a B+ or A player, can manage high workload, without pat on the back and hugs from management, Avago is place for you. If you are just average, or slightly above average, well, then it comes down to your luck! Avago key to success is getting work done with as little overhead (i.e. Headcounts) as possible. It is process-lite company with fastest decision making I have ever seen. The same holds true for firing decisions.. Management tries to see if next year they can get by with 5-10% less head count than last and same goes on every year... so if you can survive cuts, go for it. I must say, it get's tiring though, and you question why are you still with Avago and then you look at your pay check and unvested equity and then you go back to work. Pros include: Excellent RSU and Bonus program and RSU matching - likely in top 90% for tech industry, not many companies can come close to Avago total compensation. That being said, it's managed like a cheap start up, so you can't expect much goodies, other than solid pay check and excellent variable compensation. A bright future lies ahead for Avago, at least for next few years.
It's managed like you would manage a private business, very cheap, but extremely efficient, very lean, no complex org hierarchies, fastest decision making, things move fast here, but you work your *** off to get things done, fast! This is not a company you can call home or get comfortable with, Avago keep you on your toes. Coming from LSI that was major difference, all tools and processes are based on one criteria, keep cost low, regardless of user experience. No focus on training, career development etc, if's up to you to manage that. Despite all that, because of great stock appreciation and a superb bonus plan/pay outs, there is extremely limited voluntary turnover.16
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Avago Technologies has an overall rating of 3.7 out of 5, based on over 317 reviews left anonymously by employees. 67% of employees would recommend working at Avago Technologies to a friend and 54% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 1% over the last 12 months.
67% of Avago Technologies employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Avago Technologies 3.5 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.0 for culture and values and 3.2 for career opportunities.