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Qualcomm Reviews

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
1,582 Reviews

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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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  1.  

    Fun internship, not much substance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in San Diego, CA

    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
  2.  

    senior

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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    Cons

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  3.  

    Only those in the clique survive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
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  5.  

    Used to be great!

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    • 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

    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
  6.  

    Strong company with limited opportunities for growth.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    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
  8.  

    Very average

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in 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 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Going South

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

    Pros

    Big stable company, so less risk of layoffs

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company only if you are in the right team

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    Make 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    qcom

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer  in  India, TX
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in India, TX

    Pros

    Good Money and other benefits.

    Cons

    Bad inter office politics; poor work life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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