How to Land a Job at Broadcom

by Karyl Scott

While Broadcom may not have Intel’s brand recognition or a cute chip name like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon, it has unsurpassed reach. An estimated 99 percent of Internet traffic touches a Broadcom communication chip found in mobile phones, routers, switches, servers, GPS devices and set-top boxes. “Connecting everything” isn’t just a slogan.

LOOKING---Dec.-3Broadcom is the largest fabless semiconductor company in the world. It works with contract manufacturers to produce nearly 2 billion chips a year. The company specializes in system-on-a-chip (SoC) technologies and counts among its customers Apple, Cisco Systems, Dell and Samsung.

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The communications sector is hot, and Broadcom is hiring. It currently has 170 openings in the U.S. and 160 abroad. It’s looking for design, hardware, software and circuit engineers, among others. The openings range across all skill levels from interns and recent college grads to experts in the field.

Broadcom has more than 11,000 employees worldwide in 75 design centers and 49 sales and marketing locations. It’s very much an engineering-driven culture, with 76 percent of its workforce in engineering positions. More than 875 of those hold doctorates. Even the chief financial officer has an engineering degree, says Terri Timberman, EVP of Human Resources at the company’s Irvine, Calif., headquarters.

What They Look For

“We’re pretty selective in our hiring,” Timberman says. “We look for people who are collaborative and can work in a global environment.” Broadcom employees do a fair amount of travel, working with customers and project teams around the globe. “We believe there’s no substitute for face-to-face interaction,” Timberman explains.

Innovation and creativity are chief among the attributes that Broadcom hiring managers look for. The company is aggressive in developing intellectual property, currently holding close to 18,000 patents and applications. It encourages an entrepreneurial spirit in employees to help it continue to innovate in new markets and grow its IP portfolio.

Broadcom uses a variety of methods to recruit employees, from its website and job boards to alumni organizations, its own Broadcom Foundation, as well as the Broadcom Master,s program.

“We take a long-range view of finding and developing engineering talent,” Timberman says. The Master’s program, for instance, sponsors middle-school science fairs in the U.S. and abroad. The goal is to keep kids interested in science and math throughout their school years. The science fairs award top prizes of $25,000 toward the winning students’ college tuition.

How to Connect

The best way to connect with Broadcom is to follow it on social media, Timberman says. “If we don’t have the right job for you today, stay connected, because we likely will in the future.”

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Comments

  1. BY Fred says:

    Broadcom is notorious for hiring Indian H1Bs for all their engineering positions.

    http://www.myvisajobs.com/Visa-Sponsor/Broadcom/81459_Visa.htm

    Almost as bad as Qualcomm.

    People say their Irvine office looks like Mumbai.

    • BY Dhanjay Deshmukh says:

      @ Fred: Well as an HR i dont see the fact why shouldnt Broadcom hire indians. On the contrary these high profile jobs needs skill specific to the needs of company and as far as i have seen, we in USA dont have the people with that skill. Look around, we have money, but the people who make money are mostly more other areas of expertise, we dont have much scientists bcoz even that spot is taken by asians. They are hard workin and intelligent, adaptibility is quite high in them, all we have in USA is only hip hop artists, party goers and mostly peoples who work in wallmarts. So if we go against these guys, its sure that our economy will colapse. Hell even NASA admits there top noch scientist are from india,specifically ASIA. What we need is to change the education system around here. Its not about how your office looks like if its a MUMBAI or SHANGAHAI or CAPE TOWN, its about hiring the right people so that the company survives in the market.

  2. BY James Green1 says:

    How do you get hired at Broadcom? Who can we contact? What jobs are available? What is there hiring process? How many interviews do how a typical candidate have to go through. What is the profile of successful candidate. There education level, years of experience, starting salary, there age. COME-ON DICE STOP WRITING PUFF PIECES ABOUT COMPANIES AND GIVE US SOME USEFUL INFORMATION, on how we can get a job there.

    • BY Mark Feffer says:

      You’re right, James. We should expand the format, and we will going forward. Thanks for making the point.

    • BY The Heretic says:

      James Green1, I’d like to add to your excellent post. Your response is indicative of a pedigree’s mind set. I can sample 10 pedigrees and 9 out of the 10 will cover a couple of your key points.

      First, what is there hiring process? This is a typical concern of most pedigrees. Time is money and at $65 dollars an hour the costs of job search adds up quickly. A typical hiring process using head hunters can cost over a thousand dollars each and every interview, but more importantly the hiring process signals volumes about how the company is going to treat you if you are hired.

      Second, what is the starting salary? A company that is not proud about there salary structure is usually trying to hide something. Hiring managers that typically hide their offers until the last moment usually have people already working for them getting paid a substandard (below equilibrium) wage. Almost every pedigree out there has either witnessed this behavior or directly experienced it. We live in a capitalistic society where respect is expressed with money. A manager that is disrespectful to one employee is showing that they are capable of being disrespectful to you.

      There are a lot of reasons pedigrees turn down offers and most of the time they don’t tell employers why. Resentment of past experience is almost always part of that decision and expressing their feeling honestly will get them erroneously labeled as prospects with attitude problems. They learn quickly to avoid answering questions about their motivations because their responses are subject to interpretation. When you are confronted with a multiple layer hiring processes (head hunters, human resources, and the then finally the hiring manager) it is best to give as little information as possible because each failed job search cost you money and it adds up quickly.

  3. BY Moses Njogu says:

    Please be direct and give me the contact details of the recruiting officer

  4. BY Henry L Kabondo says:

    i can manage that is my field

  5. BY Dhanjay Deshmukh says:

    @ Fred: Well as an HR i dont see the fact why shouldnt Broadcom hire indians. On the contrary these high profile jobs needs skill specific to the needs of company and as far as i have seen, we in USA dont have the people with that skill. Look around, we have money, but the people who make money are mostly more other areas of expertise, we dont have much scientists bcoz even that spot is taken by asians. They are hard workin and intelligent, adaptibility is quite high in them, all we have in USA is only hip hop artists, party goers and mostly peoples who work in wallmarts. So if we go against these guys, its sure that our economy will colapse. Hell even NASA admits there top noch scientist are from india,specifically ASIA. What we need is to change the education system around here. Its not about how your office looks like if its a MUMBAI or SHANGAHAI or CAPE TOWN, its about hiring the right people so that the company survives in the market.

  6. BY CaliOne says:

    Indians only hire other Indians… of course! Middle management is full of Indians and no American kid will have the chance to compete for these high paying jobs. I gave my manager 3 American grad resumes and she simply looked at them and told me “to be honest, I don’t want to upset the group dynamic and culture. I want to hire someone who will fit in with the group” i.e another H1B Indian was shipped from overseas office. Every single person in my group is an Indian.

    America! we got big problems! while we are busy fighting in the government and the very innovative companies that were suppose to mentor the next generation of our kids are shipping all jobs/innovations to foreigners….The Empires is being sold off for dirt cheap while our kids die in foreign lands so the “Indians” and other can come enjoy the American dream!

  7. sir/madam,i am a final year student, electronics and communication engineering.what does your company expect from a fresher like me, looking for placement in your company?

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