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Qualcomm Reviews in California

Updated January 17, 2015
Updated January 17, 2015
1,839 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance if you're on the high-level software teams (in 131 reviews)

  • Exposure of cutting edge technology, Fast paced environment (in 114 reviews)


Cons
  • Management does not seem to care about the work life balance of its employees (in 114 reviews)

  • I worked extremely long hours without receiving even a 'thank you' in most cases (in 90 reviews)

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  1.  

    Opportunities are not the same for all

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great job benefits (medical insurance; dental; vision; ESPP; etc...)

    Cons

    I have been employed by Qualcomm for over 10 years and I have seen my share of politics (just like anywhere). If you are a minority woman your career is most likely not going to go anywhere in this company. There is no work life balance and if you ask for that you will pay a huge price. They overwork people and those of us who barely see our families find that we will probably just get barely any salary increases. Little by little our bonuses and incentives have been reduced to almost nothing.

    If one transfers to other positions within the company one can't be promoted or be paid more (this rule of course is only for those of us below the manager level). I have given everything to this company and it has taken me nowhere. I went to school at night for years and worked so incredibly hard for them but as my manager once said "hard work will take you nowhere".

    They are hiring more and more people from other countries who are able to work unreasonable hours; those who are not able to do this better get out because they won't be promoted. Accounting employees are treated with no dignity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please know your employee's loyalty is a huge asset. Be reasonable and keep an eye on unethical (sometime illegal) treatment of employees not only for liability reasons but also because doing right is the right thing to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    staff engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good benefit, and good name in the industry.

    Cons

    Some low to middle managers treat engineers with no respect, and demanding. thinking they are the BOSS. Poor managers can make your professional life miserable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Best company to work for is a myth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    San Diego is best place to live

    Cons

    Better systems can be built to resolve issues faster
    Paid less for the amount of work/ work hrs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Great Company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Technical knowledge , job security, variety of businesses

    Cons

    work pressure, politics, some departments has more staff than needed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    lessen work load, monitor the politics in management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Company can not reverse losing trend among market changes, management has become political, abusive and backstabbing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IS95 in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - IS95 in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flex time, good benefits
    Work on interesting projects

    Cons

    Not the same Qualcomm with great culture and good career path. That Qualcomm died 10 years ago.
    Top engagement has no solution how to solve market share loss and failure to collect licensing $ in China
    Promote direct reports not by performance, withhold promotion with fictitious excuses
    Management treats employees as personal assets, discourage internal transfers
    Salary below market rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The easy days of collecting royalty and enjoy >40% market share in 3GPP is over. Innovate and compete effectively rather than whining "our business model is under attack"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    poor work life balance

    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Good technologies and good benefits

    Cons

    Adding more pressure is not a good way to increase productivity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    managers need to improve their positive management skills.

  8.  

    Software Intern Blocked Projects

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    I didn't have to do much. The people I worked with were nice.

    Cons

    Hope you didn't actually want to work on anything useful. If another team owns the code you are using and it's buggy, get ready for weeks of help tickets followed by the decision that the functionality you need is no longer going to be supported.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not much impressed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Bing Brand name
    - If you are Electrical Engineer, you will work with excellent technology

    Cons

    -Pathetic management
    -No work-life balance
    -Too much politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please take care of newer employees rather than focusing on giving out bonuses to senior management people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It's not what it used to be!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salaries and compensation, although no longer the leader in San Diego.

    Cons

    Too many redundant people! It is difficult to get consensus, and Qualcomm is a very much an approval by consensus organization, to make the necessary decisions. Politics have exploded over the past year with the departure of Dr. Jacobs. Like someone else has posted, unless you are an EE you really don't have any upward mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the redundant headcount. While we still have the code, we have lost the recipe. We need to get back to what made working for this company a great experience. Didn't mind working 12-15 hours before because we were respected and compensated for what we did. Now we are treated like 9-5 employees, well guess what you get when that happens.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    No work-life balance in QCT and Target SW division

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software/Systems Test Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software/Systems Test Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Review done every 6 months...good benefit package.

    Cons

    Lots of late hours and weekend work expected from most engineers and sr engineers...bad managers with bad people skills carrying out directions and pushing it down to whoever...no work life balance at all. HR will mostly take management side...I saw hired consultants not getting paid for weekend work, management wont approve their hours. Maybe ok if you are not working for QCT /Target SW division...not worth sacrificing family time just for the great benefit package...there are plenty of othe companies in San Diego who will pay more salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop some people skills. Treat employees as you want to be treated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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