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Qualcomm Reviews

Updated December 6, 2014
Updated December 6, 2014
1,774 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Biz going down, high managements put money in their big pockets

    • 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

    Pros

    Not really much to say

    Cons

    1. My lead pushes his responsibility to you without proper support
    2. My lead over simplifies work effort and not happy if too much time is spent
    3. My lead is not open to objective feedback when his approaches may not be to the best of the team's interest
    4. My lead does not distribute work in a fair manner
    5. My lead does not provide flexibility to others' growth. He tells you something is good for you which in reality is only good for him
    6. My lead does not evaluate you based on the actual work contribution and instead based on his personal biased opinions
    7. My lead does not reward you with cash bonus you deserve no matter how hard you work and how much contribution you make
    8. My director does not reward you with the RSU you deserve no matter how hard you work and how much contribution you make
    9. My lead and director give you below average performance review while in reality do not want you to leave due to your actual high performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Correct the Cons I mentioned.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    What I think of the CDMA division at Qualcomm

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

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

    Pros

    Still searching for a reason why I worked there for such a long time.

    Cons

    Very political.
    Back stabbing.
    Individuals use you as leverage in order to promote themselves.
    Fabricated stories, dishonest claims.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Run away from that place.
    other divisions refer to QCT as "The dark Side".
    Valid reasons.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    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

    work life balance
    nice gym
    nice swimming pool

    Cons

    no career development
    not taking feedback seriously
    low pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Nepotism, Stressful, Lower-than-market in a Beautiful city - not so classy!

    • 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

    Location: nice city, awesome weather (although its the same year round), close proximity to nice places, great beaches
    Facilities: great gym and showers, up-to-date facilities, good cafe
    Traffic: not much, many places to go to quickly
    Housing: not as expensive as Bay Area, newer communities, younger folks specially near La Jolla area

    Cons

    Culture: very bad, too many Indian managers trying to compete for minute incremental raises
    Vertical: not much vertical movement unless the managers like you, too much politics, many times seems unfair
    HR: or a lack there of! i actually don't know what HR does beside handing out "Employee Assistance Program" brochures once the employees are exhausted.
    Salary: Much less than market and definitely lower than many colleagues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act like an American company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Big company, big name. Some technology can be good to work

    Cons

    Bad work culture. Expected to work long hours and weekends. Management is dominating and takes employee freedom. San diego office is notorious to take away your work and life balance>bad office politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on quality than quantity

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Liars and thieves

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    benefits and flextime
    technology if you're in the right group

    Cons

    deceitful and incompetent leadership
    leaches, leaches and more leaches. very little talent just a bunch of thieves of talent and bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of 70% of your managers and focus on the people who actually do any work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Low pay, lots of pressure, sweatshop like environment

    • 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

    Location, facilities, stock going up, free pop

    Cons

    Experience largely depends on the team. On my there were lots of pressure, overtime (even over night) is expected and implied. People are treated like slaves. Morale is very low, many members of the team H1Bs that have no choice but to shut up and work. Management does not seem to care about the work life balance of its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    good company,

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    work hard, good stock bonus, good health insurance ( senior level)

    Cons

    too many meeting, many higher level push to finish work asap( no reason), no work-home balance( weekend work & meeting).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Atheros (QCA)

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Almost none. You may get a chance to work on some new technologies

    Cons

    Poor management. Empire building. Too much infighting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure if Management is open to advice.

  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Poisonous Entrenched IT Management

    • 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

    Benefits, healthcare, vacation, flexible work hours depending on area of work, stock options (depending on your relationship with the manager), regular raises (also dependent on the manager and personal relationship).

    Cons

    Management, good ol boys club, lack of professionalism, lots of managers, no leaders, lack of employee empowerment, system actively weeds out the most intelligent and forward thinking professionals, egregious wastes of money due to lack of basic knowledge in managing people or projects. Personally witnessed millions wasted on tools and custom software that is never used. All of these tools and projects were castrated due to personality conflicts or petty politics of who received credit or who was in control. Although this is sometimes the reality in large organizations, QC is particularly unique in my what I have seen over the last 20 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shake things up, but that will not happen until QC sees a serious market competitor which will force the company to reevaluate its management practices for the purposes of being more efficient.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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