Qualcomm Reviews

Updated July 14, 2014
Updated July 14, 2014
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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

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    • 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 for 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    good company,

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    • 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
  3.  

    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.

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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Poisonous Entrenched IT Management

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    • 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 for 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
  6.  

    Company culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If 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.

    Cons

    too micro management that kill innovation...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Competition within the company are not very healthy...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Interesting engineering work but understaffed.

    Cons

    After 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 ManagementAdvice

    Start giving more than lip service to integrity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Long 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 ManagementAdvice

    Audit your staff, to much corruption and pay to play.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mature process, immature IT management - no integrity

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Staff Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - IT Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Some 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 ManagementAdvice

    Read the above comments. It's OK to let your employees have a life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Sr managements put money in their pockets only

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    Nothing 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.

    Cons

    Low pay, low growth, no life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sr management go drop dead

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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