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Updated October 17, 2017
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  • Work-Life balance is not the best (in 110 reviews)

  • No work life balance for engineers (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "Overall good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Marketing in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great technology and excellent technical team. Benefits are basic but above average. Equity plan is overall positive.

    Cons

    Many acquisitions have resulted in consolidation and loss of jobs to keep the positive bottom line. But unfortunate for those impacted by job loss.

    Advice to Management

    Always working to do more with less offsets the work/life balance a bit. This needs to skew a bit more back to the employee for improved moral.


  2. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Broadcom full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and compensation.
    Strong R&D team.

    Cons

    I used to work in the MGP division until its shutdown. For years, Broadcom tried to catch up with Qualcomm but couldn't due to several management mistakes.

  3. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice new office and cafe

    Cons

    The pay and bonus are competitive


  4. "Field Applications Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Broadcom full-time

    Pros

    People are great and nice to work with.

    Cons

    CEO is not focused on people.


  5. "good company with great benefits. Hard to maneuver within company"

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    Current Employee - IC Design in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - IC Design in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    stock option if you joined at the right time

    Cons

    career opportunity after 4 years is limited

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. "Experience at India center"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Broadcom full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary is decent, stock options are lucrative.

    Cons

    Less growth opportunities, limited roles


  7. "Engineer I"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Broadcom full-time

    Pros

    A good company to work for. Treat employees right. A friendly and motivational place to work. Technology leader.

    Cons

    Organization grows too fast, a little chaotic in terms of organization. Some of the new managers are inexperienced.

  8. "Senior Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation overall, and good stock option

    Cons

    less development space for career, promotion is very hard


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Always under a microscope"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and financial benefits

    Cons

    Unlimited vacation means VERY limited vacation
    Constantly looking to lay off people
    Training on internal processes practically non existent
    Reactive instead of proactive

    Advice to Management

    Help employees succeed instead of setting them up for failure.


  10. "Ok place to work. Better than most."

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    Current Employee - Tool Operator in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Tool Operator in Fort Collins, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People on my shift tend to have a good positive attitude. Lots of OT potential. Lots of work to do and jobs being filled. My supervisor is awesome which is apparently hard to come by among all the sups. When I ask to be taught more things they don't hold you back. So long as your area is taken care of and you've shown you know how to take care of things in your area, you can shadow a willing co-worker and learn other tools, making your potential for upward momentum somewhat at your own pace. Just learning new things isn't a guarantee that you'll get a promotion, but I think it helps, not to mention it's good job experience for a resume to say you know X amount of fabrication tools when looking to move elsewhere. Also, you get two hours of paid break each 12hr shift which are the standard shift lengths. You work 4 days on 4 days off, then 3 days on 3 days off. Nice if you're doing online classes or you can get a good schedule that mixes with your campus class schedule. Ultimately I feel like this job is very make or break based on which shift you work and who you work with. I can't imagine myself sticking around just for the money, but if that's your motivation there is a lot of money potential for a position that doesn't require a degree. Good job if you have a lot of energy. You are on your feet a lot and you walk a lot during the shift. Nice amenities, workout room, occasional catered lunches, lockers, shower. The campus has sports stuff, but I haven't seen it yet.

    Cons

    Infighting between shifts. A lot of passive aggression seems to take place when working OT on other shifts. You might be watched like a hawk and have minor mistakes that don't affect production or risk product pursued with the most prejudice. Hasn't happened to me, but I hear about it a lot. Also, as a homosexual I feel like my coworkers tolerate me. Not really respected by a lot of people once they find out who I am, especially when working on other shifts. Not the best "out" culture, but it isn't terrible. I'm not bullied. Not all shifts are on the same page when it comes to what needs to be done in each area, so there can be one shift doing more work than others and it can show. If the other operators from other shifts in your area don't care about doing a good job, you might feel like you've been left with the crap end of the stick on a daily basis.

    Advice to Management

    Please work on making sure all shifts are treated similarly so that there is less discord among everyone. Why are some shifts so much harder on the operators than others? And if it's truly expected that each area do its best then management should be utilizing it's data better to determine which shifts per area are doing the best and which are doing to worst and try bringing everyone more in line with the best shifts way of doing things.


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