Qualcomm Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Work in the day. Work in the night

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

    I worked at Qualcomm (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, Health Insurance, 401K match are top class.

    Cons

    If you enjoy working 24/7. Checking email at 11pm and starting your day with an 8am meeting, this is the place for you. More hours you put in, more success you will achieve. No mercy attitude towards a family person wanting a few stress-free days with family.

    Advice to Management

    Try to make employees happy, they company will do better

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

    • 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 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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)

    Advice to Management

    Work at Qualcomm can be tedious and the culture is generally bureaucratic.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Great benefits in return for 50+ hr work weeks.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are amazing. Great healthcare paid in full by Qualcomm. They have a free health clinic and great cafeterias.

    Cons

    They are not doing well as competitors are taking the lead in the industry. They are experiencing major layoffs, which include employees who have been with the company 15+ years.
    Management is also a bit of a joke. Too many top-level leaders without enough worker bees. This results in major ego battles. At times the antics felt more like a high school feud than productive management expected from a leading technology company.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure any new manager takes an HR approved employee management class. I experienced illegal activity for California employment law just because a recently promoted manager did not know the laws. This included health privacy violations, hourly pay violations, and harassment. It was corrected when it was reported to HR, but it never should have happened in the first place.

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  5. Smart people, encumbered by paperwork

    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Most of my team is smart and nice to work with.
    Traffic in Mira Mesa is only a problem for about half an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening, and, if you dodge that window, it's a quick commute to the various housing around.

    Cons

    If you don't like cubicles, well, all future space is looking likely to be cubicles.
    Housing is almost as expensive as San Francisco.
    There is an enormous amount of paperwork surrounding checking in changes.
    There are just enough people who make just enough noise and don't seem to understand stuff that one can be left with the feeling of working with idiots even when almost everyone is nice to deal with.
    Qualcomm is currently trying to reduce staffing costs, so you're pretty much stuck wherever you are.

    Advice to Management

    The managed product line paperwork is absolutely morale-destroying. It needs work to be less frustrating to deal with.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Not the same company

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

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

    Pros

    There are lots of very smart people. They provide very good benefits and are a good community citizen (for now). If you're on the right project (especially if it's a manager's pet project), work is great and you'll get the opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Unless you're on the right projects, there's no career advancement. Too many managers have reached their "Peter Principle" levels and are afraid of taking risks or mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of most of your middle management that is blocking innovation and are afraid of making mistakes. You've let go of many innovative engineers, being part of ImpaQt appears to be a kiss of death.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Business Analyst for QMS

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

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great food service
    fair evaluations for performance
    Excellent parking
    experienced management

    Cons

    lack of pay - underpaid
    lack of co-worker communication - closed offices
    poor ability to grow

    Advice to Management

    Learn to grow people who wish to accelerate based on passion instead of degree

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great Company loosing it's touch!

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great History and great technology and great potential
    - Teams are very talented engineering wise, a lot of smart, knowledgeable people

    Cons

    - Growing middle management that does nothing except politicking around
    - Unable to execute in adjacent markets as well as core business (Modems, App processors)
    - Outside HQ, company culture is missing and non existence

    Advice to Management

    - Qualcomm in SD is great, but to be successful you need agile in all major offices and focus in establishing strong culture of innovation
    - walk the walk in encouraging technology innovation rather than focusing too much on Wall street

  9. Used to be good, conditions stagnant or turning for the worse since the last few years

    • 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 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Work is okay. Nothing too complicated. Some pride in seeing phones fitted with qcom chipsets out on the street. San Diego is a great city to be in.

    Cons

    Fire fighting not fire proofing. Middle management layer seems to be increasing. Tends to be focused on short term fixes. I am amused to see how qcom always makes it to the top twenty companies to work for according to glassdoor. Which divisions do you check?

    Advice to Management

    Doesn't apply

  10. Long work hours! on your toes all the time!

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to learn alot.. i mean alot !

    Cons

    no work life balance, long work hours!

    Advice to Management

    could have been more diverse.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Benefits are Great, the cost is Work/Life Balance

    • 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 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

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