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Qualcomm Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
1,771 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    poor work life balance

    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Good technologies and good benefits

    Cons

    Adding more pressure is not a good way to increase productivity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    managers need to improve their positive management skills.

  2.  

    Software Intern Blocked Projects

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

    I worked at Qualcomm as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I didn't have to do much. The people I worked with were nice.

    Cons

    Hope you didn't actually want to work on anything useful. If another team owns the code you are using and it's buggy, get ready for weeks of help tickets followed by the decision that the functionality you need is no longer going to be supported.

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

    Not much impressed

    • 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 as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Bing Brand name
    - If you are Electrical Engineer, you will work with excellent technology

    Cons

    -Pathetic management
    -No work-life balance
    -Too much politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please take care of newer employees rather than focusing on giving out bonuses to senior management people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    No feedback

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in America, OK
    Current Employee - Analyst in America, OK

    I have been working at Qualcomm as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Qualcomm was a great place to work. I worked closely with 7 other technicians, 3 software developers, 1 lead, 1 manager, 3 Logistics handlers, 2 Administers, and approximately 12 planners...
    I worked on the night shift with 3 other technicians. I was working in a temporary position through Manpower, my contract expired and Qualcomm currently has a hiring freeze so they could not roll me into a permanent position yet... If I wait 3 months I can roll back into Qualcomm under manpower again, but I am looking for a more permanent position.

    Cons

    No feedback or room for advancement, negative experience working there. Hard to balance work life and personal life also.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  6.  

    It's not what it used to be!

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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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salaries and compensation, although no longer the leader in San Diego.

    Cons

    Too many redundant people! It is difficult to get consensus, and Qualcomm is a very much an approval by consensus organization, to make the necessary decisions. Politics have exploded over the past year with the departure of Dr. Jacobs. Like someone else has posted, unless you are an EE you really don't have any upward mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the redundant headcount. While we still have the code, we have lost the recipe. We need to get back to what made working for this company a great experience. Didn't mind working 12-15 hours before because we were respected and compensated for what we did. Now we are treated like 9-5 employees, well guess what you get when that happens.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good experience, too political

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    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    1. Live in San Diego

    Cons

    too much Politics for a medium size company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    to get ahead you must reduce politics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    No work-life balance in QCT and Target SW division

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Review done every 6 months...good benefit package.

    Cons

    Lots of late hours and weekend work expected from most engineers and sr engineers...bad managers with bad people skills carrying out directions and pushing it down to whoever...no work life balance at all. HR will mostly take management side...I saw hired consultants not getting paid for weekend work, management wont approve their hours. Maybe ok if you are not working for QCT /Target SW division...not worth sacrificing family time just for the great benefit package...there are plenty of othe companies in San Diego who will pay more salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop some people skills. Treat employees as you want to be treated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Weak internship program

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boulder, CO

    I worked at Qualcomm as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits for an internship, got code-reviewed, which is good for becoming a better programmer. Having a lot of other interns makes for a decent social scene outside of work.

    Cons

    The company doesn't really care about your intern project, doesn't give you real responsibilities, relatively low interaction with full time engineers who could foster your growth better. The company culture also felt like the majority of people in my office weren't trying to take on significant responsibility nor were proactive about contributing to the company; excitement level is quite low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't recycle intern projects (we know you do), just give small scale projects that you think can actually be used in the long term but are relatively lower impact. Encourage more interaction between interns and mentors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Mixed experience, atmosphere degrading, management focused on growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Upper management keeps employees informed on business direction and expectations. On site activities; gym, educational, fun and team building activities

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities to shine and contribute outside an extremely small focus. Departments and people within departments are extremely silioed and disjointed leading to duplication of efforts or loss opportunities. People tend to focus on their narrow perceptive versus optimizing as a whole. Too much reliance on outside consultants. People too concerned and focused with trying to keep job. This is very negative for a company with growing revenue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into why employee turnover exceeds 60% within department

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Qualcomm really cares their people. Benefits are good and good work life balance.

    Cons

    Filled with unprofessional and cutthroat people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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