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Qualcomm Reviews in California

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
1,837 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.  

    Benefits are Great, the cost is Work/Life Balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It is true Qualcomm, Inc offers amazing benefits to their employees from Health Care, on-site gym, cafeteria and vacation starts at 3 weeks.

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance is not a core value. The cost you pay for the amazing benefits are long hours with minimal flexibility on office hours. Alternative schedules are not supported and most often discouraged.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Ten years later, productivity stifled with excessive management

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Employees are trusted. Most policies encourage innovation and ownership. The work is reasonably good. Above all you can always find smart people working with you. Good place to start your career.

    Cons

    This is a large company employee wise. Though this is an engineering company, as with any large human enterprise, the people who are true engineers/scientists are a small minority.
    Constant self-promotion, and telling all who listen, how busy you, are is essential.
    Productivity, per engineer, is low, because of the time spent getting 'visibility' with your upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shed layers of management. Expect more, and prize productivity from engineers. Maybe that will free people to develop new products and services.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Reasonably good

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Good Benefits. Work is organized

    Cons

    Not enough development. Wifi team is doing average

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It was fun while it lasted.

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits free of cost.
    Good company to work on cutting edge mobile technology.

    Cons

    Nepotism and politics that hinders career growths.
    Silos that does not achieve productivity.
    Stress level extremely high due to excessive workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think outside the box to improve productivity.
    Eliminate the unnecessary silos created by some Directors to justify their positions.
    Work on listening to the employee's concerns for work-life balance instead of overworking them for meeting metrics.

    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Work Culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Programmer Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Programmer Analyst in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Qualcomm as a company has excellent employee benefits, and offers wonderful work life balance. But it all depends on the team you are working in. As far as IT work culture is considered, people are stale, have old mindset and dirty politics; People find the work for job survival, they don't do the actual work required. If you are not smart enough, you will be played smart by others.

    Watch for IT work culture before you join.

    Cons

    IT group is pathetic...old fashioned mind set...dirty politics...job survival techniques, and obviously you will see old directors imposing rules like a school principle.

    Not a best IT work culture anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your mindset and respect the technical guys than the show off guys ( Business Analysts ).

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great technology work but not a competitive pay

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

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

    Pros

    Industry leading work
    Facilitates all kinds of immigration requirements

    Cons

    Slow growth
    Saturation of people in all levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Team rotation opportunities without penalizing title growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Qualcomm Life, Inc.

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Qualcomm corporate is a great place to be

    Cons

    Qualcomm Life is new and still trying to figure things out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remember that it is NOT just about the bottom line!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Sr Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sr Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Sr Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, decent work like balance provided you work at the San Diego location as all the interesting work happens there. Other centers are treated as satellite sites to aid the main team. Also, folks are more interested in getting promotions than doing any original work. If you do not join the right team with the right designation, you are in for a tough experience.

    Cons

    Too much of middle management which has taken focus away from engineering culture. The company needs to get back to the philosophy it started with

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Staff Engineer

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

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Pros

    - Good Benefits

    Cons

    - Lots of "buddy" system. You're kind of doom if you don't belong to some inner "circle"
    - Management do not to have vision to improve overall process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good so far, in future ??

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Company is a market leader and strongly positioned in it's core cellular modem business. It is growing steadily. This translates to job security.
    Very good benefits package, one could say it's on par with the best out there.
    Smart people to work with (definitely in the group I work in). Good learning process for fresh grads.

    Cons

    Compensation is average, esp if you are in bay area. Bonuses, RSUs and benefits may make up for it partly but still not on par with most SF Bay Area biggies.
    Work life balance is bad and getting worse progressively as the years pass on. I feel that I am spending more weekends working now compared to earlier. Processes (documentation, communication) havent kept pace with the transition to a big multi-time zone company.
    There are a lot of personal development opportunities, but rarely does one have the chance to put off work and take even a 3-day class.
    Career growth within the company is slowing down. This is mainly due to crowding at higher levels of the company that is throttling the growth of lower and mid-levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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