Qualcomm Reviews in California

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
1,622 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance, stable company, great sense of contribution to the world (in 103 reviews)

  • Good chance to work on latest and cutting edge technology (in 100 reviews)


Cons
  • Management does not seem to care about the work life balance of its employees (in 93 reviews)

  • I worked extremely long hours without receiving even a 'thank you' in most cases (in 74 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Benefits, Too much top heavy

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Cannot find another company with a better health benefits.

    Cons

    Top heavy, difficult to get some new projects started.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work culture, Benefits, perks

    Cons

    Lacks innovation, too much processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    encourage innovation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Restructure the pyramid, remove aging leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great company to learn a variety of skills, good job security so far. Compensation is good, insurance great, senior executives are wise industry leaders. Very hard working employees, amazing talent pool.

    Cons

    Some divisions and projects are run poorly. Mid-management is rather weak, lack foresight and aging non-contributing managerial positions are leading a half checked out semi-retired life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its hard for a company to continue to be nimble with such a massive number of managerial roles (VP, Directors, Snr. Directors, Principals & Snr Staff/Managers) and not young blood for driving innovation, ideas and execution.Every person has to be an individual contributor and not just "manage people" and be slave drivers. This is clearly reflected in the dropping work life balance, company outlook and job satisfaction metrics across the years. Schedules can be met if the high earning managerial class is made to work equally hard as the lower stratum engineers. A good par of mid-management is lack luster and needs to be shown the door.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Lots of benefits, but withering company politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The salary is more than competitive; bonuses and stock RSUs plus great health insurance make it a very positive financial experience. They are just so-so on paying for training outside of specific programs offered internally. There are company gyms with 24 hour access, free of charge, sprinkled around the various 40+ buildings on the campus.

    Cons

    The company politics are ridiculous. I often told people that if I wrote a book of exactly what happened each day, without embellishing or changing any of it, then took it to a book publisher and tried to sell it as non-fiction, they would laugh me out of the office. Some of the butt-kissing episodes, temper tantrums by senior executives and turf wars would be out of place at a children's pre-school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break down the walls. Start rewarding people for real accomplishments as opposed to who kisses the best butt. Make promotions are more legitimate exercise. I could go on for another twenty pages...

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    it is ok ok...

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    we get hikes every 6 month,

    Cons

    you may stuck in the politics, sometime it is really hard to see your future perspective from manager. most of time you are just listener...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    people should promote to employee if he is competitive at other position... sometime it's really bad.

  7.  

    Good learning experince

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    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    good technology , great minds

    Cons

    Bad Work-life , politics, Hectic work schedule

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to improve and dig deep in to lower levels

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good Place to start your career

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    • 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 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The review is respect to QCT
    -Colleagues are friendly.
    -Has reviews twice a year
    -Management is not informed if you are trying to switching internally until you get an offer.
    -Better Work/Life Balance
    -Exposure to bring-up

    Cons

    -Not much challenging work
    -Attitude of finger pointing to other teams while resolving borderline issues.
    -Political in nature. Promotions are given more to favorites rather than on merit. This largely affected the morale of the team I was in and overseen the departure of great talent both internally and externally.
    -Not enough ownership is handed to engineer.
    -Lots of redundant teams doing the same work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove the redundancy in teams by providing distinct responsibilities for them. Foster engineering culture and value an engineer. It doesn't take more than couple of sick leave for a talented engineer to move out!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Great benefits, good market strategy , could use better leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent RSUs, bonus, health plan and vacation time. Average base salary. QCOM offers engineers the opportunity to work on a variety of technologies.

    Cons

    Many old timers promoted to managerial positions lack planning /leadership skills. Daily status meetings (mornings, evenings and weekends) makes work/life integration difficult. Too many processes negatively impact the execution of the projects in a very competitive market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mergers and aquisuitions should be followed by a good integration strategy. Consider promoting people with both technical and leadership skills to managerial positions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    OK, but be prepared to work as a temp on a contract for a while.

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    Former Employee - Material Coordinator  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Material Coordinator in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Fun place to work, great people, nice perks, beautiful campus.

    Cons

    hiring policy isn't the best. having to go through temp agencies isn't very promising.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Test Engineer

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    New technology, many new things to learn, many opportunities, many people are hardworking.. so one can get natural encouragement..or motivation

    Cons

    Work life balance is not there, People in power use their power to ruin someone's career. Biased

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should not be biased

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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