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Avago Technologies President, CEO, and Director Hock E. Tan
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Pros
  • The company does support its employees and allow them freedom to do thier best work with a good work/life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • Exciting, fast paced work environment (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance doesn't exist (in 10 reviews)

  • High business unit operating margin requirements leave little room for R&D (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Not good company to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Avago Technologies (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work culture.
    Competitive Pay.
    Good Training.

    Cons

    No communication between Manager and employee

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and transparent with your employee


  2. Helpful (25)

    "Amazing company, ruthless that is"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Avago Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    none, i haven't seen anything positive about this company yet, since officially we are not fully integrated (closed) with Avago as of Jan-27-2016

    Cons

    Amazing, that's the only thing i can say at this point. Not even Day 1 with Avago, they chopped off about 85% of our dept in Broadcom. They plan to ship all of our jobs overseas, outside of United States. Great strategy, buy and chop companies, slice and dice.

    Advice to Management

    Job well done.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "The worst CEO centric company I have ever seen. CEO always talks about himself as the main reason for company success."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Avago Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You should feel good.If you survive the brutal business model of do more with less and less until CEO can buy another company and lays you off.

    Cons

    With Hack Tan as CEO, there is no passion for organic R&D since he is always looking to buy mature companies where he can cut cost and milk it as long as he can.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Job or Career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operator in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Operator in Fort Collins, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Avago Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Avago has been expanding for the past ten years. Temporary job opportunities are available at Avago for the people around Fort Collins, Colorado.

    Cons

    Nepotism and favoritism are entrenched throughout the company at Fort Collins and are used by the incompetent management for ranking and promotion, shutting out loyal and capable employees from their career opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Establish standardized and transparent criteria for ranking and promotion for fairness, for career opportunities for all employees, and for the long-term growth for the company.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Discrimination and Politics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation is decent
    Stock price on the rise
    Emerging as a stronger player in the consolidating semiconductor industry
    FInancially driven

    Cons

    Discrimination
    Politics
    Lack of Ethics
    Minimal focus on employee development
    Low focus on enginnering and R&D, driven by the financial engineering

    Advice to Management

    Need to focus on the ethics, morals and diversity across all divisions. Aging GMs who are driven mostly by their retirement goals bring very short term focus to the division, this will not benifit the employees at large, neither it is in the interest of the long term value for shareholders.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Just avoid this company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Breinigsville, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Breinigsville, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Avago Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is very competitive, 401k match, underlying strength appears sound. The officers know how to make money for themselves regardless of what needs to be done.

    The only light at the end of the tunnel is the layoff express's headlight that is headed for you.

    Cons

    This company will suck any enthusiasm, dedication and motivation you may have had out of your body, and discard the dry dead husk and laugh while doing so.

    Advice to Management

    Shifting all IT related tasks onto engineering does drop the IT budget (clap clap) however now everybody else who may not even be qualified has to pick up the slack. Thus making the entire business worse and less competitive.

    While the company may have it's stock price based on (apparently) small budgets, the efficiency could be much higher and bigger profits made with up-to-date technologies and sensible planning.

    The unbelievable shortsightedness of this approach is staggering, remember Lucent, Nortel and a host of others... yeah I expect you may find yourself there one day. Not that management cares one iota, since their billions will be banked away by then.


  7. Helpful (21)

    "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Allentown, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Avago Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The stock price goes up. If you are at the end of your career, you can make some money on RSUs and options if you survive.

    Cons

    Note to Broadcom people, run! You are now part of the worst technical company. If your group is not immediately profitable, you might be lucky and get sold off right away. Otherwise, plan on immediate job cuts. These depend on where your business unit is each quarter vs Hock's required payments to him. No financial risks allowed. And you get less office space, no perks, cheap licenses, offshore desktop support, minimal R&D, etc. Business units were turned into silos to allow for better accounting and easy trimming later. Moral was unbelievably low. If this is the type of company you would like to work for, stay put.

    And don't believe that Hock will have the heart to spare your group. It's not personal, it's just numbers on viewgraphs.

    Advice to Management

    Better choose to be Hock's yes men. If you have a conscience, go somewhere else. Try to find another company that Hock won't buy in the future.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Network Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Can't say there are any pros working for Avago. They are letting go all the IT staff and outsourcing to H-1n visa floks from India.

    Cons

    They don't have any dedication to their employees. It's all bottom line that counts.

    Advice to Management

    quit and let someone that care run the company.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Avago's Purchase of LSI Really Trashed It"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Software Engineer in Mendota Heights, MN
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Software Engineer in Mendota Heights, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Avago Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    LSI had decent facilities, and I had my own dedicated set of a great deal of top-of-the-line test equipment. The best part about LSI was the benefits package. They had good annual bonuses, very good medical coverage, and LSI "contributed" $2K to cover any deductibles.

    Cons

    At least in the facility I was in (Mendota Heights, MN), there was an overly strict head-count for management and for the top technical ranks. So, people that were deserving could not get promotions, and there were "managers" that were having to do the role without really having the authority because they weren't official managers. But, the biggest problem with LSI now is that an overseas company: Avago bought them out. Avago puts half the percentage of revenue into R&D as LSI did, plus they considered the business unit we were in as a "cash cow". As a result, they laid off essentially the entire R&D staff. A lot of really talented engineers were lost. Also, Avago is a very cheap company. Everything is done on the cheap, so the benefits administration is horrible, etc. (All my ratings are for the current setup (Avago), not for what LSI was like when I was there.)

    Advice to Management

    If you don't want to invest in LSI's disk preamps, then spin them off and let them thrive on their own, like they were before you bought it.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "good colleagues but poor management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Avago Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and the colleagues are knowledgeable and easy going. The stock price grows steadily. Very promising.

    Cons

    Manager tried to secure their position and block the exposure for the employee. Not a good environment for people who wants to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Should promote a manager by his capability instead of nationality. Secret promotion happened here without official announcement. It's not a good environment for people who want to grow.


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