Qualcomm

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Qualcomm Reviews

Updated Jul 14, 2014
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3.8 1,552 reviews

94% Approve of the CEO

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf

Steve Mollenkopf

(113 ratings)

85% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance, stable company, great sense of contribution to the world (in 103 reviews)

  • Good chance to work on latest and cutting edge technology (in 100 reviews)


Cons
  • Management does not seem to care about the work life balance of its employees (in 93 reviews)

  • I worked extremely long hours without receiving even a 'thank you' in most cases (in 74 reviews)

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    Low pay, lots of pressure, sweatshop like environment

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsLocation, facilities, stock going up, free pop

    ConsExperience 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 Senior ManagementTreat your employees better.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    good company,

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Atheros (QCA)

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsPoor management. Empire building. Too much infighting.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot sure if Management is open to advice.

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    Poisonous Entrenched IT Management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsBenefits, 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).

    ConsManagement, 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 Senior ManagementShake 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Company culture

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIf you can make a lot of of noise about something even if it is low tech, you can build a reputation of a master and climb the ladder quick if surrounded by your own friend. I can't do that and will never do it.

    Constoo micro management that kill innovation...

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompetition within the company are not very healthy...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Your experience will depend on your group, but their culture of dishonesty let me down.

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsInteresting engineering work but understaffed.

    ConsAfter 5 years at Qualcomm my experience was mixed. It depends very much on the specifics of your group and management. If you join as an expert in your field you may find yourself working with inexperienced generalists who do not know what they are doing and rely on your expertise but who are then able to take all the glory. This is compounded by racial cliques in some small teams. From my management I got very mixed messages, heaping praise on the one hand then stabbing me in the back when it counted. It sounds nutty but In the end I encountered a pervasive culture of dishonesty from my managers up to and including senior HR that soured me to this company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart giving more than lip service to integrity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Too many kingdoms, lots of politics, no longer a fun place

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsSummer on the Lawn
    Beautiful campus
    Good benefits
    Once a great company and fun company to work for

    ConsLong hours
    Immature leadership
    Politics rule middle management
    Questionable ethics
    Promotions are not based on performance
    Qualcomm is going after younger hires and does not value experience
    No longer a company that values new ideas

    Advice to Senior ManagementAudit your staff, to much corruption and pay to play.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Mature process, immature IT management - no integrity

    IT Staff Engineer (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsQualcomm has a great work-life balance if your manager permits you to take advantage of it.
    The medical benifits provided are great!

    ConsNo integrity in IT Management
    No recognition for new employees
    Tasks/Projects/Milestones accomplished are not communicated up the management chain, especially in IT. Instead, the manager will take credit for great work and accomplishments and has at least one level below to blame when things don't go as favorably.
    Very secretive and cowardly promotion and bonus/perk structures.
    Will actively deny or make extremely difficult the ability to transfer internally.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIT Management needs a complete re-haul. Pay the price to get AND KEEP good quality engineers and leaders.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A sweatshop in the USA. Long hours are inevitable. If you have a life at all, let it go before you work here.

    Systems Engineer (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsSome discounts around town for employees.

    Cons# No work- life balance.

    # Most work almost 12 hours everyday. Not the managers maybe, but for a new recruit, that is a minimum for months.

    # Salary is very less for the extremely demanding work.

    # Terrible work culture.

    # Half the work force is Temp employees. That says a lot about how Qualcomm wants to save more and pay the absolute least it can.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRead the above comments. It's OK to let your employees have a life.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sr managements put money in their pockets only

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsNothing I can be proud of. If you compare to other great companies high high pay then this place sucks ass. Go other places if you can.

    ConsLow pay, low growth, no life

    Advice to Senior ManagementSr management go drop dead

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