Folks get ready for a different culture - fast decision making, every decision about bottom line, no WFH policy etc. This is coming from someone who went thru acquisition/integration with Broadcom.
Here's what to expect if you are in Finance, HR, and any general support function ---- huge cuts. If you are in core functions, I guess mainframe, they will keep R&D pretty much in tact, but if your division or product line is futuristic yet low income - good luck, BRCM doesn't believe in keeping science projects. Sales management will see a lot more cuts than actual sales, again without knowing how come CA SG&A is so high, I can't speculate more. BRCM takes pride in have SG&A around 1-2% of total sales (public information).
2 week salary for 1 year of service has been standard severance for BRCM acquisitions, don't think this has/ will change. BRCM doesn't short change you in severance process, will also give you retention bonus, if they tell you that you will stay for one year or 6 months.
Get ready to be surprised at the level of openness in communication about your employment status, once you are close to the closing of the deal - BRCM is ruthless yet surprisingly honest in communicating about what they are going to do with those who are acquired. Three status, you have a job, you don't have a job, you are on a transition for x many months with this much retention bonus.
Going forward compensation, get ready to be pleasantly surprised, look up glassdoor.com for compensation reviews. For those of you lucky enough (or ...) to stay, plenty of $$ out here, mostly in stocks and increased bonus targets.
It s---s that CA acquisition has vanished so much of our stock value, but I guess we'll see, most folks at BRCM trust CEO financial prowess and still think that he will pull rabbit out of a hat and our stock will be over $250 - I am still scratching my head :) yet hard to argue against Hock's track record!
Reason for the post: I have been thru the sleepless nights, anxiety, which many of you are going thru, so I thought I offer my experience, not sure to calm you down but at least prepare for what to expect. Good luck to all!