Qualcomm Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
1,652 Reviews
3.9
1,652 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance, Cutting edge work (if you're lucky enough to be assigned to it) (in 118 reviews)

  • Exposure of cutting edge technology, Fast paced environment (in 107 reviews)


Cons
  • Management does not seem to care about the work life balance of its employees (in 103 reviews)

  • I worked extremely long hours without receiving even a 'thank you' in most cases (in 82 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 for 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
  2. 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 for more than a 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
  3.  

    marketing assistant

    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Pasadena, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Pasadena, TX

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

    Pros

    okay people okay people okay

    Cons

    a a lots of work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more networking a a a

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  5.  

    Fun internship, not much substance

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

    I worked at Qualcomm as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, Cutting edge work (if you're lucky enough to be assigned to it)

    Cons

    Tend not to take interns seriously, often projects are found last minute

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take your interns more seriously (in terms of assigning them meaningful work)

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    senior

    • 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

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    Cons

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  7.  

    Only those in the clique survive

    • 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 full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    1) Opportunities to challenge yourself
    2) Competitive salary
    3) Fair rules on international business travel

    Cons

    1) Need improvement on diversity
    2) Embrace open communication (not just talk about it but train leaders on how to do this right)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Used to be great!

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

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

    Pros

    Great campus, great food. Challenging environment.

    Cons

    Qualcomm 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Strong company with limited opportunities for growth.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

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

    Management

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Acquisitions 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 ManagementAdvice

    Promote 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very average

    • 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 for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Enough 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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