Qualcomm CDMA
3.6 of 5 94 reviews
www.cdmatech.com San Diego, CA

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Qualcomm CDMA CEO Paul E. Jacobs

Paul E. Jacobs

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87% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Losing traction as patents begin to expire.

Staff Engineer (Former Employee)
San Diego, CA

I worked at Qualcomm CDMA full-time for more than 3 years

ProsExcellent cash, market and historical patent position in CDMA wireless. Enormous potential for continued leadership in mobile markets.

ConsCost and schedule rule with quality and work life balance suffering severely in certain areas. "Yes men" more and more the key to advancement and survival. Delusions of divinity in certain areas. Better opportunities developing elsewhere.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to take a long hard look at product quality.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Lack of technical capabilities, business orientated company

Senior Engineer (Former Employee)
San Diego, CA

I worked at Qualcomm CDMA full-time for less than a year

ProsGood benefit
Relax work style ( if you are a well experienced professional)
Work life balanced

ConsLack of technical capabilities.
Advanced design claimed here is indeed average design
Brain wash employee they are making impact to the engineering society but indeed just doing routing work
Politics everywhere, senior people think they know many things but just a bunch of frogs in the well
If you are a fresh grad this is not the place for you. You will find it impossible to compete with people after couple years of experience in Qualcomm.

Advice to Senior ManagementNothing. Please keep that mindset so that other small companies have better chance to sell their IP to Qualcomm and make tones of money

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Women Beware - its not easy being a girl.

Program Analyst (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

I have been working at Qualcomm CDMA

ProsAmazing technology - the products are state of the art, the environment is very fast paced and it can be a very exicting place to work. Its also very rewarding to see someone using a device you helped launch. Schedules are generally flexible, and the company provides swimming pools, full gym access to anyone who wants to use it, tennis courts, basketball courts, ping pong tables, free sodas, and if the admin in your area is cool, you can have munchies galore.

ConsThe atmosphere is very difficult and negative. There is no accountability, and it feels as if everyone is at war. In addition to the hositile environment, there are many mid-level managers that treat others like dogs. Nervous, negative yuckness is what it feels like as soon as you walk into the building (Q) , Whats worse is, your made to feel as if your contribution to the company means nothing; yyou are a dime a dozen. The mostly all male - mid-level managers have risen above, not because of talent or super abilities, because everyone who works there is in their own rite a "super star", and a "talented individual", it is because they are ruthless. Purely mean and terrible people.

Advice to Senior ManagementDear QCT leaders, there are so many great things the comapny does for the employees, but all of it means nothing when the atmosphere is so aweful. Here is my suggestion:
Leaders we need you to lead, we will follow your steps all the way if you take a path... any path. Accountability and forgiveness is inspiring.

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Average

Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
San Diego, CA

I worked at Qualcomm CDMA

ProsGood salary, benefits, Cutting Edge project, good engineers

ConsLow efficient working style, Poor management

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Mature Company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

I have been working at Qualcomm CDMA

ProsLeads in modem technology. Total solution provider

ConsMature Cash Cow. Change in work force. More and more talented people are leaving. In place are complacent VPs

Advice to Senior ManagementStart to manage expenses as margins get squeezed

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High political/buddy system in Product & Test group

Staff Engineer (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

I have been working at Qualcomm CDMA

ProsGood benefits and fair salary

ConsNot a trustable environment between group.

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Lot of work and sometime redundant work, always fire fighting mode

Director, Engineering (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

I have been working at Qualcomm CDMA

ProsGood technical talent and cutting edge technology, fast paced and folks take pride in their accomplishments. Decent work life balance and lot of training courses for internal training.

ConsLow growth opportunities, politics and favoritism, management not focussed on employees growth and creating new challenges.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake necessary changes in management to align the teams to achieve the goals, listen to employees at all levels and encourage an open culture for new ideas and improving things. Reduce politics and buddy system, find the true performances and value creators and reward them. Management shouldn't reward fire fighting or senior management whose style is just yelling and screaming....

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Qualcomm CDMA used to be a good place to work. Not anymore!

Staff Engineer (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

I have been working at Qualcomm CDMA

ProsCutting edge technology
Very good benefits, although salaries are low
Depending on the project you are working on, your job is probably secure

ConsStagnent organization. No opportunityies for promotion
Forget about having a life while you work at Qualcomm CDMA. You are expected to work very late every day and on weekends too.
Terrible communications from the leadership team.
Terrible quality (both personal and technical) people in important positions
Salaries are below average

Advice to Senior ManagementSome respect PLEEEASE. Consider thanking people for their hard work, instead of continuous whining about crap
Treat people like tey are humans with families
Salaries and bonuses are very low compared to the work load

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not a company to give a life time

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
San Diego, CA

I worked at Qualcomm CDMA

ProsRespected company to work for.
Privacy/freedom of work for an employee
Very work oriented so good learning experience

ConsSlow in terms of giving promotions
Start-up kind of culture, Qualcomm works as a big production machine which mechanize the output from its employees
Communication channels with in the company are poor and too much segregated
Big void in responsibilities of a managers and engineers, engineers are not involved in the planning and have almost no say
Working late and on weekends is very common

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn from peers

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Qualcomm's in trouble in four years

Senior Engineer In Customer Engineering Department (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

I have been working at Qualcomm CDMA

Prosstability, access to work in great technology, secure job as not too many layoffs

Constoo much work, organization is old and full of politics, growth opportunities are limited and depends how you curry favor with upper management, does not have collaborative culture and more focused on individual accomplishments. The organization is very structured and hierarchical. It is not egalitarian.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere needs to be more information sharing between departments. Every person should have a 360 degree feedback for their review. Currently, the organization is very hierarchical and every person kisses their upper levels ass while they kick down

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