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Qualcomm Reviews in California

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
1,733 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance, Cutting edge work (if you're lucky enough to be assigned to it) (in 123 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 114 reviews)

  • I worked extremely long hours without receiving even a 'thank you' in most cases (in 85 reviews)

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  1.  

    Okay company, Could be worse, Could be better

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    (As a contractor) Work with cutting edge technology, great experience, opportunities for increasing your technical skills.

    Cons

    (as a contractor) Long hours, Overworked, 0 benefits, no room for career growth, top-down shifted blame, out of date documentation, very little hire-on training, and burn-out environments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I've been on good teams and bad teams in Qualcomm over the last 4 years.

    The good teams tend to encourage innovation, assign 1 project at a time to a contractor, have plenty of resources to handle those crunch times, give on the job training, have great attitudes, and allow career growth.

    The bad teams I have been on have top-down blaming toxic atmosphere, assign ridiculous schedules to contractors, provide no support and lack of resources for getting the job done, force you to work long hours due to assigning multiple tasks/projects at the same time, and do not listen to solutions to problems.

    For the good teams, I don't have much advice other than thank you for the great experience and keep being that great example :)

    For bad teams, serious interventions need to happen. Please less blame and more focus on solutions to problems that did not spawn out of a contractor. Also, having enough resources to do the job, and handle those crunch times when they come would be great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Politics that would embarrass D.C.

    • 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

    Great benefits, lots of free gyms on premises, free soda and candy. They also are good about amount of vacation time, given, with five weeks given after ten years of employment.

    Cons

    The politics are so bad, you think you're watching the San Diego spin-off of House of Cards. People that excel usually have the title of "butt-kisser" in their job descriptions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that promotions should be based on accomplishments, not apple polishing. Also, there are often ideas that are valuable that get squashed just because the senior execs egos get bruised.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to learn but no opportunities for career growth

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    You get to work on bleeding edge technology, work hours are flexible

    Cons

    Promotions are given based on how long you serve at the company, not how hard you work or how many years of total experience you have. Career growth is extremely slow if you are not in the modem software development team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluate your employees based on how hard they work for the betterment of the company but not how long they have served in a given title/position. Eligibility for promotions should be based on your employees' total experience but not how many years they have stayed stagnant in a given title/position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Work life balance takes a major toll

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    1) Perks
    2) Working on cutting edge technologies

    Cons

    1) Work life balance is non-existent. One often needs to work late and even work on weekends to keep up with expectations.
    2) Everything is urgent and everything needs immediate attention. Work often gets pretty stressful.
    3) People are more focused on themselves and often unwilling to help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Qualcomm very good place to start career

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

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

    Pros

    good for starting a career for software engineers. work for 2 to 3 years you'll learn a lot and after that you do well if you are a superstar category. If you like to write software which sits very close to the hardware then this is a great place for you. It is also great place if you want to work in research (RF, modem, wireless) as qc puts $1billion+ in R&D every year.

    Cons

    In software groups, moving up on the ladder is through curve fitting like min 3+ years in title unless you are a super star. work-life balance is not a focus at lower titles. San diego is not a great place for software jobs so your best buddies from past years may not be around to hangout with you. If you don't care much for those friends and fully driven by work then Qualcomm is the place for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Below average salary and HR don't negotiate

    • 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

    Pros

    1. Good Work
    2. Smart people

    Cons

    very less salary and even if you have a competing offer they won't negotiate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase your payscale otherwise smart people will leave your company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great company for anything hardware/chip related, not so great for anything else

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    If you love to write low level commercial code that will go into Qualcomm's chips thereby impacting their bottomline, Qualcomm is a great company to work for. The benefits are top of the line and there is good work life balance.

    Cons

    Not much focus on areas other than those that impact their chipset bottomline. Low contributions to the open source community compared to other big companies. As far as research is concerned, in any area other than wireless, more emphasis is laid on short term gain rather than long term impact.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be less averse to risks and increase emphasis on longer term projects. Improve contributions to the open source community and research/science in general.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    San Diego Rocks..Qualcomm is Interesting

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

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

    Pros

    Strong commitment to innovation and learning
    Passion for technology
    Strong ethical and business standards

    Cons

    Top talent leaving because of politics
    No Women leaders or career path for women-there is a literal glass ceiling
    Limited to no business acumen - all lawyers and engineers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a real HR department
    Executives need to get in alignment and make some tough calls vs letting people fight it out
    Drive for transparency and collaboration - team work vs. individual work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits + salary. Good engineering team.

    Cons

    Hard to move up the ladder.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    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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