Qualcomm Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf
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Pros
  • Upper management genuinely wants employees to achieve a healthy work-life balance (though some project leads may not) (in 131 reviews)

  • Get to work on cutting edge technology (in 114 reviews)

Cons
  • Bad inter office politics; poor work life balance (in 114 reviews)

  • Pay is not great for the long hours they expect of you (in 90 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Senior Staff Engineer" who jumped from a "Sinking Ship"

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I have been helping employees to escape for the past few months, many of them are asking me for leads now, and more and more of the most talented Qualcomm employees from the 1990's - the ones who built this company and made it successful - are moving on to better opportunities.

    Cons

    - It's appalling to see a company lay off 600 engineers so they can bonus the CEO $98M.
    - When they finally got the idea to do CPU chip design, they under-invested and got caught with their pants down by Apple, this is why there is a public fiasco with power management on the Snapdragon 810. It's an outsourced design because Qualcomm didn't have the balls to invest the money to design a 64-bit chip at the right time.
    - Qualcomm was a very frustrating place to work, they waste money on the stupidest ideas. They pick research projects that only your grandfather could understand, such as mobile broadcast TV, a completely dead-and-buried concept.
    - Promotion is nearly a 100%-political game at Qualcomm, when they finally gave me a bonus after many years, I used the bonus to take a far better job at a far more elite employer, at a level that would be 2 ranks higher than my Qualcomm job, and I gladly kissed my Qualcomm years goodbye.

    Advice to Management

    - Stop treating the company like a personal piggy bank.
    - The telco systems engineering development model is 19th century. GROW UP!
    - If you can't think of a useful R&D idea why don't you hire a futurist who can.
    - Stop investing in stupid demo features just to scare people into buying your chips.
    - Not every project has to have coding theory hardware component to make it a worthwhile investment!
    - Consider saying "no" to an evil operator like Verizon just once? Please???


  2. Ok place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Qualcomm as a contractor

    Pros

    Amazing people. nice place to meet with few really talented people.

    Cons

    Tons of Cons. life will be hard for contractors


  3. Helpful (3)

    Recent Changes over the last few years

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

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

    Pros

    Can't really say there have been many pro's over the last few years

    Cons

    - Big company mentality - out for the company and the executives not the work bee's
    - Benefits changing (while probably still good by some standards) - issue is the negative benefit changes only affect the work bee's - these changes are not going to affect the executives. So those with the higher salaries will still pay next to nothing and those that work harder will have to pay out of their pocket
    - less opportunity to move around within the company
    - less projects
    - nothing exciting in the pipe line

    Advice to Management

    Lesson to the people who do the heavy lifting of the work; QC is quickly falling in ratings among those that work for the company.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Company in decline

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Work with a lot of very talented engineers working on high quality technology.
    - ESPP provides good opportunities to boost investment returns, although the stock has gone sideways the past few years.
    - Depending on the team, we get a lot of flexibility to choose what to work on, so we can be exposed to a lot of different aspects of the technologies.

    Cons

    - Management has been significantly cutting back on benefits, bonuses, and promotions recently
    - Health care benefits used to be one of the largest selling points, but for 2016 they've been slashed back to being clearly below our peer tech companies. Worse, HR seems to insist on hiding this, trying to make it seem like things are actually being changed in our favor. Very sleazy feeling watching them claim added benefits when you can easily calculate that it will cost you more money.
    - Employee morale is plummeting and the executives seem completely disconnected and unaware
    - HR is rigid and inflexible, so it doesn't matter how you perform or what your background is, you have to follow their timelines and structures. This makes it feel like hard work isn't rewarded and encourages people to just skirt by.
    - Company seems to have shifted from investing in the future to stay on top of tech trends to cutting back, playing financial games, and focusing solely on the demands of short-sighted Wall Street investment firms

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget about the importance of employee morale and happiness. Previously, I was enthusiastic about referring friends, but between major market missteps, layoffs, and constant cutbacks recently, I've completely stopped encouraging others to apply. After months of relentlessly bad news, the employees really need to feel like we have a "win" or there will be an even bigger mass exodus of talented people.


  6. ASIC Design

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of good perks such as company picnic events and unlimited use of shuttle after long hours of work time.

    Cons

    Work can be long hours. Often times feel compelled to walk outside if one could just spend the 15 minutes to try to get there first from the upper floors, but then there's 15 minutes of walking back so might as well stay inside.

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees what they are worth. Stop holding the money bag and promote your loyal employees. Get rid of the lazies that end up delaying others projects on a regular basis.


  7. Helpful (7)

    Once great now a sinking ship

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get to work on new technologies. San Diego is a great place to live.

    Cons

    - No work life balance at all. You are expected to work on weekends/late nights.
    - Too much office politics, reviews are biased based on personal relationships
    - Unstable since they are reliant on couple of customers for majority of revenue.
    - Falling stock, layoffs looming.
    - Poor benefits, upcoming health insurance with high deductibles.

    Advice to Management

    Set an example if times are tough.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Once a great place, now discouraging

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - a lot to learn for those willing
    - benefits are ok. used to be much better
    - salaries are so so.

    Cons

    - Health insurance significantly worthened, introducing huge deductibles from 2016
    - new review process disregards accomplishments: bonus/stock grants and salary increases are flattened to the HR tables; no variation based on accomplishments.
    - no opportunities even for the superstars.
    - QCT deadlines unrealistic and squeezed YoY, process beauracracy increase and no resource allocation for timely achievement
    - benefits trend is downwards YoY

    Advice to Management

    -invest in engineering, allocate resources, not out weekends
    -dont cut employee benefits and pay exec bonuses
    -make firm long term timely decisions
    - dump the new review process which ignores accomplishments and eliminates any variance


  9. Helpful (8)

    Smart young people leaving the company

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good to get ~3 yrs experience before jumping ship to google or any other place

    Cons

    I see lots of frustration from the sr engineer level to sr dir level. It seems no one is capable of making any decision and everyone is chasing others for approval. There is a lot of confusion around decision making and it feels like the dmv. None of the current leaders have any vision. Infact none of the current leaders have an accomplishment to show around creating a successful new business. They know how to scale one but that is not useful when the core business is under threat. The CEO has probably spoken in coded words to employees after every analyst call. It was hardly inspirational. The corporate research group is a joke and has lost its way. I know a lot of people in the research group either biding their time or wanting to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Please read this any try and inspire. Else me and others will be jumping ship soon


  10. Staff Analog/RF Engineer

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

    I worked at Qualcomm (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Company is renown in semiconductors for most smart phones.

    Cons

    There is no need to recently layoff the 600 employee out its total 30,000 workforce. Besides, they laid off the wrong people for the most part.

    Advice to Management

    If the business units does not meet performance target, replaces the those organization heads that were in charge.


  11. Staff Hardware Engineer

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Very good technology cutting edge work

    Cons

    No work life balance for half of the year



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