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Updated July 22, 2017
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Broadcom President & CEO Hock E. Tan
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  • People who can manage work life balance will cherish every moment here (in 107 reviews)

  • No work life balance for engineers (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "ASIC Design Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good env Good Management Interesting work

    Cons

    Not much to complain about


  2. "Senior staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Broadcom full-time

    Pros

    People are nice and helpful. Location/office setup/nice facility including gym and basketball court

    Cons

    After new CEO, a lot of cutting corners.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good pay, long hours"

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    Former Employee - Operator in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Operator in Fort Collins, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is great.
    There are a few things that take intelligence.
    Four day weekends every other week.

    Cons

    Twelve hours is a long time to be stuck in a box with 20-40 of the same people every night.
    Management has no idea what you do, and will decide you aren't performing based on metrics regardless of how difficult one task is compared to another.
    The people that are friends with management rarely get in trouble for breaking rules.

    Advice to Management

    Don't punish all employees for the mistakes of one employee.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Highly political and aggressive company"

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    Current Employee - Director, Software Engineering in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Director, Software Engineering in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    No micro-management, company subsidized food and drinks, flex work hours

    Cons

    Political, unreasonably aggressive, lack of sufficient training for new employees, ineffective HR

    Advice to Management

    A great company always should focus on it people first


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Broadcom Bay Area"

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    Former Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great engineers and solid technologies

    Cons

    Too stable, not much freedom to explore new things. Everybody is work for job security.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing managers can do under new Avago top management, just cutting cost.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great stock options, new management is too business oriented"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Stock options, great co-workers, great benefits

    Cons

    Cut back on too many perks, bottom-line business oriented


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Not the same Broadcom"

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    Current Employee - Finance in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Finance in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Broadcom full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent pay and great stock performance. Benefits are good, 401K is excellent. If you solely care about making money then this will be a good fit.

    Cons

    Run super lean, lots of work, lonely environment, not open to gaining efficiency. Buys companies all the time, COA environment because people are scared to lose their jobs, always adding more work while driving headcount down. Runs flat so hard to grow. No work life balance, you are always on call.

    Advice to Management

    Most people work to live, not live to work. Need to find out how to give employees work life balance. Need stronger talent at the executive level, that went out the door once it was sold to Avago.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "A Wall Street Outlet and a bottom feeder"

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    Former Employee - R&D Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - R&D Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is good and Bonuses are above expectations. If you are lucky to work on profitable project, you may enjoy the company.

    Cons

    Feeding on acquisitions rather than targeting innovations and talent growth. Politics of "profit harvesting" prioritizes in squeezing out the juices from newly acquired companies, followed by merciless layoffs and downsizing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep tough to oppose Hock's management style


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Broadcom is in transition"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really smart people.
    Market leading products.
    Competitive salaries.

    Cons

    Merger occurred recently; attitude towards employees is getting worse.
    Very cost-conscious management.
    Company info does not filter down to employees.
    Little opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to make employees feel valued.


  10. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Fort Collins, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits. Best culture experienced within the industry. Supports employee growth through tuition reimbursement. Consistently growing as a company since joining.

    Cons

    Not a ton of downsides to explain. There has been some loss of company perks since joining including less social budget, office supply budget, and things of that nature. Overall, however, Broadcom still far outpaces any other companies I have worked for within the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Keep encouraging employees to take advantage of the tuition reimbursement package as it appears to be rarely utilized. Also, consider a co-op program in the future.


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