Continuous cuts while increasing workload
IC Design Engineer (Former Employee) – Fort Collins, CO – 24 April 2019
Most engineers I encountered at broadcom were competent and enjoyable to work with. Everyone was very relaxed about flex time, and there was never an issue if you needed to step out of the office for a bit. Work had the potential to be varied, and depending on your manager, there were occasional opportunities to learn new tools and skills (time permitting).
The problem is the workload for the available resources and erosion of any work-life-balance. When the company was LSI, I felt we had enough engineers to release a product we could be proud of. I rarely stayed late, and stressful releases were short with enough time in between to recover. BUT after the purchase by AVAGO and Broadcom name-change, it turned into a highly stressful 24/7 job with a constant lack of resources. Releases were made without telling the verification engineers, Deadlines were agreed to that were impossible, and the feeling of producing a quality product was replaced by constant firefighting caused by tight deadlines and a lack of staff.
Over 4 years, the team I was on went from 9 engineers down to 6 while the workload tripled. It was not uncommon to have meetings at 11pm, and pretty much everyone would be online answering emails and running sims late into the night throughout the week and many weekends. Product re-releases became very frequent eating up any available time.