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Qualcomm Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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3.8 1,549 reviews

94% Approve of the CEO

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf

Steve Mollenkopf

(112 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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    Used to be great!

    I T Engineer (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsGreat campus, great food. Challenging environment.

    ConsQualcomm is a VERY large company and I can only speak for I.T. As with most large companies they tend to get management heavy. Management has to justify their position and in turn spend endless hours thinking of ways to tighten the noose. Things were much more creative and relaxed several years ago, now it is like kindergarten, constant reports, time cards, metrics and such. Raises have all but ceased and the great stock options are now a few RSU's.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet the great people that Qualcomm works so hard to recruit do their jobs. Stop with the constant babysitting mentality.

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

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    Strong company with limited opportunities for growth.

    Senior Staff Engineer (Former Employee) Orlando, FL

    ProsReasonable work hours and wages. Opportunities to work on interesting products. Rich history of leadership in certain technologies on cellular, mobile phones, etc.

    ConsPoor opportunities for progress in technical roles, no support for long term career planning, excessive levels of office politics and internal rivalry.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more assertive with management of acquired companies. Provide better opportunities for career development, with a greater focus on long term goals.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsOffer internal online courses for employees to keep up w/programs, regulations and/or learn new programs.

    ConsAcquisitions happen left and right which is great for the company but bad for current employees. New management often has no real experience and are put in management roles above those that should be managers. Unfortunately, this is how departments quickly go down hill and sometimes get eliminated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote those that fit the role not those that just talk about being great. If they can't even do what they ask their team to do then demote and put someone in place that can take the team to the next level.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very average

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    Pros- Benefits, which you may not be fully able to use if working 14+ hours a day
    - Great health plan.
    - QCT is totally manager/lead dependent. If manager/lead is reasonable, strong and powerful, you can go places. If not, you will go nowhere, even if you work hard.
    - Exciting work.

    Cons- Some QCT teams have reversed pyramid structure. Number of Senior Staff Managers > Number of Staff Managers > Number of Senior Engineers > Number of Engineers. Hence lower levels in QCT, bear the brunt of work, because except for a few technically good mid level managers, most sit in meetings all day to increase their sphere of influence.

    - People can steal work and claim it their own. Advertise your work to more folks than your lead.

    - Some QCT managers, have no management skill. They have the title to just increase their influence.

    - Matrix structure for reviews. Find the most important senior player (manager, director etc) in the team and make him/her happy. Very political place.

    - Do not waste any time contacting HR, they do not care. They are there to make sure that no lawsuit or issues for the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnough politics and meetings, everyone until Principal should contribute technically. Sit in your office and code/design and help with actual work instead of holding meetings about meetings on work that needs to get done.

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

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    Good company only if you are in the right team

    Senior Engineer (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsGood company making proud products; good benefits; maybe the number 1 tech company in San Diego, a wonderful city.

    ConsI fail to see a strong skill set in my coworkers. People keep asking you very basic technical questions. The promotion scheme is questionable. Some people becomes managers just because they stay in this company long enough, and unfortunately they don't have good sense in technology itself.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure the interview process works for its original purpose. Make sure your senior managers are not mediocre. Make sure star employees can be identified and promoted in an accelerated speed.

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

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    Going South

    Senior Hardware Engineer (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsBig stable company, so less risk of layoffs

    Constoo much politics and cutthroat people
    below average salary
    no scope for growth - too many people entrenched at middle and higher levels

    Advice to Senior Managementcut the fat - there are too many senior staff level people who do nothing but manage schedules and processes !

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    qcom

    Principal Engineer (Current Employee) India, TX

    ProsGood Money and other benefits.

    ConsBad inter office politics; poor work life balance

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

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    Great company for engineers, bad place for marketing or brand professionals

    Marketing (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsGreat employee benefits, good technology.

    ConsThe company is a technology company that listens to its engineers but does not understand to listen to marketing or brand professionals it hires. When plans don't work they lay off entire divisions and the marketing folks are AWOL. I have many friends who lost jobs due to the company's treatment of marketing professionals, who they place no value on. Qualcomm does not understand or value marketing, brand, sales - it's a technology company.
    Many divisions are started by FOP (Friends of Paul (Jacobs) inexperienced senior management, who have no experience in marketing or branding, and come up with their own marketing ideas, fail to properly fund, follow through or persist with the marketing or brand campaigns, don't listen to the marketing experts, and then fold the division when the sales don't work out. Then they fire the marketing staff, start all over again with a new product and do the same mistakes: complete lack of consumer insight.
    They know technology, not consumers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStick to what you know - engineering and stop the pretend marketing games.

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

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    Qualcomm - A chipset technical leader

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCulture is technical oriented . Encouragement for inventions

    ConsPicky on documentations, high hours to push thing close by deadline

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    Great company going downhill fast

    Staff Engineer (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsDecent healthcare benefits, ESPP, 401K matching

    ConsThe company culture has declined drastically in the past 5 years. This is an extremely political place to work, and if you're in with the good old boys, then you're set; if not, get ready to see your career stagnate. Reviews are not based on merit but instead on one's manager's and VP's perceptions. Very few women in senior technical roles, and very basic benefits for parents. Lactation rooms lack sinks and are adjacent to offices or meeting rooms. Instead of getting on board with equal maternity and paternity leave like most tech companies, the company provides the minimum mandated state leave and no more. HR is worthless; instead of addressing harassment and discrimination complaints, they state that they cannot protect the employee against retaliation (untrue in California). Multiple incidents of bullying, discrimination and harassment, even a couple of suicides, have not resulted in any attempts to improve the work environment. People are forced to come in when they are sick, work on weekends and nights, and work during vacation. Not to mention that compensation is not adjusted to market rates for employees who have been in the company for over 4 years. As a result, newer employees are paid 10-30% more than equally seasoned employees who have been loyal to the company for years. Hopefully Qualcomm can clean up its culture and get back to the great company it was - trimming the fat (and there's lots of it) will get the company back to its core values and allow it to innovate.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop promoting buddies - instead promote on merit
    Standardize the review process and have hard guidelines instead of leaving it subjective
    Pay all employees fairly
    Figure out why people are jumping off buildings and dropping like flies in the office, and do something about it instead of acting like nothing happened
    Address complaints about discrimination and harassment instead of threatening employees with retaliation

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

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