Qualcomm Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. 4 people found this helpful

    The worse politics I have ever witnessed.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Smart people. Excellent pay. Been there 8 years and have had the pleasure of working on some interesting projects where I have learned a ton.

    Cons

    Wow, be sure to bring a breath mint or suppository because either way, you are gonna take one in one of your orrifices. The amount of useless Directors and above who simply want to ride the wave into retirement is absurd. The only way anything gets done is by passionate advocates, who in the end are somehow deemed troublemakers and thrown out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hide behind your titles, it's cowardly. Give someone who deserves it more a shot.

  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Lots of favoritism

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    flexible hours
    sponsoring visa for foreigners

    Cons

    unbelievable favoritism
    Too much stress
    unorganized system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dear manager,
    You want to evaluate the employees based on what they do and how they work, rather than who is from where!

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Odd place to work

    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Free Snacks and Cokes

    Cons

    Work not challenging. Most people have only worked at Qualcomm and play political games

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the matrix organization. Waste of time and resources.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 7 people found this helpful

    Qualcomm was opposite to what I'd expected while joining two years ago...

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

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Pros

    As a big company,

    Good benefits and perks if you live in SD,

    Good learning programs and education assistance programs.

    Cons

    I worked at Qualcomm Atheros from 2013 to 2015

    There is lots of office politics as they've hired so many extra engineers, project managers and there's matrix system where everybody has two managers- direct and indirect. You work mostly with the direct manager but the indirect manager rates you every six months. Which in my case didn't work well as my direct manager wasn't aware of my full responsibilities. People who play politics and do most bootlicking seen to get promoted.

    Worked on two wireless connectivity chips. Both got cancelled after tape out and marketing takes irresponsible decisions for product roadmap.

    Salary is below the market range and the HR was rude to not even negotiate the salary while joining. 80-90% are Indians and Asians on visa. Many Indians are brought every year on business visa for up to six months in a year and exploited. They are paid about $25 in daily allowance for meals where as a local employee get that amount for one meal on travel.

    There is no work culture due to demographics as well. People just come to work and hang out in groups for coffee etc. No social experience and many are too reserved to talk.

    No real talented people except design engineers. Test engineers are below par and just having a MS degree doesn't mean you're employable.

    Don't transfer internally to another group. They will make your life hell. Better find job somewhere else.

    Senior managers are there just because they've been there for so long and don't seem knowledgeable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something about the work culture and stop exploiting Indians on business visa.

    Next time you do "fat trimming" make sure to cut the real fat. Nobody has faith in the company after recent layoffs. Everyone is talking about finding another job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Was good place to work... Things change

    • 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

    Pros

    Good location with pockets of technically smart people

    Cons

    With changing of guard at top entire company culture has changed. More tense as people are worked more with less certainly about job stability at company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Big company politics

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very good tools and facilities

    Cons

    seems too much politics and appearance more important than substance

  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Too big, too many people to deal with.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    With so many employees, somebody knows the answer and can help

    Cons

    Lots of actors. If you don't have a buddy to explain things, it will be slow learning for you.

  9. 1 person found this helpful

    hi-tech sweatshop

    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    cutting edge technology, job stability, open culture, great place for new grads

    Cons

    no work-life balance, promotion/raises don't happen regularly, below market pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide a pathway to progress for employees, don't capitalize on H1-B

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Opportunities are not the same for all

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great job benefits (medical insurance; dental; vision; ESPP; etc...)

    Cons

    I have been employed by Qualcomm for over 10 years and I have seen my share of politics (just like anywhere). If you are a minority woman your career is most likely not going to go anywhere in this company. There is no work life balance and if you ask for that you will pay a huge price. They overwork people and those of us who barely see our families find that we will probably just get barely any salary increases. Little by little our bonuses and incentives have been reduced to almost nothing.

    If one transfers to other positions within the company one can't be promoted or be paid more (this rule of course is only for those of us below the manager level). I have given everything to this company and it has taken me nowhere. I went to school at night for years and worked so incredibly hard for them but as my manager once said "hard work will take you nowhere".

    They are hiring more and more people from other countries who are able to work unreasonable hours; those who are not able to do this better get out because they won't be promoted. Accounting employees are treated with no dignity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please know your employee's loyalty is a huge asset. Be reasonable and keep an eye on unethical (sometime illegal) treatment of employees not only for liability reasons but also because doing right is the right thing to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. staff engineer

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

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

    Pros

    good benefit, and good name in the industry.

    Cons

    Some low to middle managers treat engineers with no respect, and demanding. thinking they are the BOSS. Poor managers can make your professional life miserable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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