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Qualcomm Reviews in California

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Staff Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Good so far, in future ??

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    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
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  5.  

    Great benefits. Promising future, but may have peaked already.

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    • 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

    Benefits are really good - haven't seen many other competitive employment packages except for maybe Google or a handful of others. No longer offer stock options, but RSUs. Employee stock purchase plan is standard for tech companies.
    Work life balance is good (depending on your manager/group).
    Mostly positive atmosphere. People are smart, so it can be challenging to move up.
    Everyone used to have his/her own office - this is changing as many groups are forced into cubicles or offices are now becoming shared. Offices with windows are given according to title and seniorlty, though there are exceptions with up to 3 people sharing a larger corner office in some cases.
    Gyms are nice, clean and well equipped. Pool and volleyball courts are nice.

    Cons

    As with all companies, some people are difficult to deal with. Work is demanding and very challenging at times. Time management skills are a must. Also learning to say NO when appropriate is a good skill to have....Lots of politics especially at the corporate levels.
    I came to the company when it was relatively small. Its now a grown up company and things have become more like other bigger companies which have a tendency to move slow on decision making abilities. Also, jobs have become a lot more silo'd and it means that changing jobs can be difficult if you don't know the hiring managers/group. Not enough worker recognition/individual contributor awards. Some groups don't offer any Qualstar awards even if you've busted your butt to achieve a goal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent with your teams by setting specific attainable goals. Don't hide the agenda or at least have your own agenda that only benefits you or your team. Teams and divisions need to collaborate more to reach a common goal. Share information for the benefit of the greater good.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Okay company, Could be worse, Could be better

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    • 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to learn but no opportunities for career growth

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    • 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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