Qualcomm Reviews in California

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
1,694 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance, Cutting edge work (if you're lucky enough to be assigned to it) (in 121 reviews)

  • Exposure of cutting edge technology, Fast paced environment (in 109 reviews)


Cons
  • Management does not seem to care about the work life balance of its employees (in 110 reviews)

  • I worked extremely long hours without receiving even a 'thank you' in most cases (in 83 reviews)

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  1.  

    going downhill

    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good work-life balance,
    nice gym
    nice pool

    Cons

    no career advancement
    boring job routine
    unable to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    higher pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Used to be ..."the place to be in San Diego"!!

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are phenominal! Most Managers are very flexible when it comes to personal appointments.....in 15 years, never had a vacation get rejected....or any other time off for that matter.....Had to work from home sometimes, not an issue either.....Need office supplies? No problem....order anything you want.

    Cons

    Culture changed when the son, Paul Jacobs took over.....instead of wanting to come to work...you dread it.....you are now just a number.....work life balance is gone.....many programs were cut.....they are ALL about pleasing stock holders and they are happy to show you the door if you are not "one of the gang"......Engineering side is horrible! Engineers are often burned out and the Sr VP of Engineering is an absolute a-hole.....talk about a guy that has no life....no wonder his wife and kids bailed.....

    Believe it or not, they really don't pay well....San Diego thinks the sunshine and nice weather pays your bills....so they pay you about 25% less than the bay area, but it is just as expensive to live there......

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to the vision Irwin Jacobs had....which was work-life balance, make it fun, and make sure your people are #1......that will never happen again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A thriving organization that treats its employees well, but at the same time it's a very technical, very un-organized, and very dis-jointed tech company.

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits:
    - Health Insurance premiums are fully paid by the company for the employee and their family.
    Great Pay:
    - Competitive Salary and twice a year performance based Raises, Bonuses, and Stock.

    Cons

    Large company that often operates much like a small start-up.
    Many Small teams that are unaware of what is happening in other small teams.
    Things are not usually well defined. Must go around and get buy-in from multiple sources.
    Often ownership is not very clear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The matrix'd organization has its benefits, but I see many hours wasted daily because folks do not know the right person to get commitment, help, info from.
    Many long-time employees do know where to go, but I believe clearly document ownership (across products and deliverables) would be very beneficial to the overall organization.

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  5.  

    Great challenges to address, great peers to work with, endless search for innovation in the wireless space

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President Corporate Affairs in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President Corporate Affairs in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    People's spirit and dedication. Fair remuneration and benefits package.

    Cons

    Conservative management style. No work - life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain the best. Stop going for easy solutions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Glass ceiling for women

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    Smart co-workers; Good work environment; Great learning opportunities. CEO seems to have a clearer path forward. Solid world class IP. Great roadmap. Good C-suite team.

    Cons

    Promotions are given for time in the seat. When you are up for promotion, the first thing they want to know is "how long have they been in the position?". So much for merit. This kills motivation and promotes cruising for a few years.

    Women seem to get stuck in middle management. I think the old sayig that "people hire those that are like themselves" is in play for the executives. This is also true of the various cultures hired. Each group seems to hire their own culture and even speak in their native language in San Diego. If you go to the cafeteria, it is like the Wild Animal Park where the same "types" of people congregate together, just like at the park where similar type animals congregate together. Nothing wrong with that except that mentality seems to translate to hiring.

    If you are from Southern California, you will feel you are in Asia at this company, except for the old timers.

    I have no clue what my management's goals are all the way up the chain, CEO excluded. This seriously limits my ability to help them achieve their goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    ASIC/FPGA design engineer with big modem design experience

    • 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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good salaray. Job sometimes chalanging (interesting).

    Cons

    Sometimes a lot of stress for no reasom (bad management)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has to get better technical skills

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    start drinking the Qoolaid and kiss goodbye to your family time.

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

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

    Pros

    good training, great equipment to use, best of the class knowledge. good managers, great perks. international travel is amazing.

    Cons

    bad work-life balance, super competitive promotions, too much Qoolaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    respect work life balance. listen to your families.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Benefits, Too much top heavy

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (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
  10.  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Lots of benefits, but withering company politics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 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

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