Qualcomm Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
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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. Once great company, now sinking ship

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay Not difficult work Get to sample the next big phone hardware

    Cons

    Smart minds are leaving fast Remaining employees are working harder to keep up Layoffs last December, again next month Big company with lots of redundancy -- grew too fast under Android management

    Advice to Management

    Do everything you can to retain the smart employees


  2. Director

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    Former Employee - CA - California in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - CA - California in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Benefits are good including for your family.

    Cons

    Ubber political and nepotistic. Long time employees most are incompetent-not gaining like position elsewhere are so knowledgeable to navigate the politics-they are successful there- SD corp staff should be cut, too bloated and inefficient.

    Advice to Management

    Be more mindful of acquisition staff experiences-leverage it to gain best practices-the company might actually be more efficient which is sorely needed. The company is highly inefficient, the next HP.


  3. Long time employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The pay has always been great.

    Cons

    I agree that if you don't have friends at the top it's quite difficult to be happy. When sharing cultural issues around Qualcomm a friend of mine put it this way "I'm not sure if you work in a high school or a gulag" - that says it all.

    Advice to Management

    It would be good if you actually managed the company. Believe it or not, just pulling a bloated salary and shutting your eyes isn't managing.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    downward trend

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    - Located in San Diego (weather, real-estate, traffic, geography) - Nice gym/pool, although they aren't used much. - Some new cafeterias. - discounts to baseball games and other events. - Many technically gifted engineers, almost entirely Master's or PhD: From engineer to VP level, the large majority are very knowledgeable and technically competent. - Bonus was good historically, expected to reduce in the future.

    Cons

    -Zero work/life balance. Everyone works 9am-7pm in office. Then expected to be online with overseas teams from 9-midnight meetings, regardless of seniority level. Deadlines on weekends, holidays(memorial day/july 4th) is a typical occurrence. -Political: Competition between groups for projects. Disputes over which teams are to blame for issues. - Future layoffs - Reduced health benefits - No formal performance reviews. - Internal transfers are difficult, and generally discouraged. - Somewhat of a revolving door the past few years, many longtime engineers left. - Lack of any tangible growth plan in businesses other than modems and rf/wireless chips even as smartphone market matures.

    Advice to Management

    - Collaborate between groups instead of arguing and blaming eachother. Organization is very fragmenting with many problems resulting from how teams design pieces in isolation from each other. - Managers should actually manage people. The idea of "manager" is a very loose definition, with no required training or management background, most just do individual technical work with little emphasis on resource management or improving the efficiency of the team.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Ok Place for a "job" not a career. Review process Needs Huge clean-up

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It provides a job allowing people to stay in wonderful San Diego and helps grow your technical abilities.

    Cons

    Does not provide any real career growth opportunities. Total lack of diverse culture. Review process is very unfair and filled with politics. Hard to get promoted unless you have connections and or smooched up to directors from the review board.

    Advice to Management

    Please fix review process. Have team leads manage their own folks (not some review board with corrupt, to say the least, Directors (Sr.) level folks.


  7. Helpful (9)

    Senior Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - had good benefits - good salary, but probably less than what of comparable companies - worked with nice people, at least in my group - depending on your group, you could have a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    The work at Qualcomm is tedious and dull, not much unlike an assembly line. You will work on modifying legacy spaghetti code to add small new features. You will sit in front of a computer all day, answering never-ending emails and instant messages, in which people can't even properly write, saying things like "qq R U in". Your mind will turn to mush as you quote Q-acronyms all day, and multi-task endlessly. You will click many buttons with your mouse. Is this how you want to spend 9-10 hours per day, 5 days per week? Talent is not a prerequisite to work here, despite the propaganda stating otherwise. I believe this to be true for most "tech companies", particularly the large ones. You will be trained on Qualcomm's in-house tools and processes, and this will be the primary focus of your job. Anyone could work here. Qualcomm claims to be an American company but hires very few Americans. Easily >95% of the engineers there are H1B visa holders. Most of the Americans they do hire are contract employees who receive no benefits at all; no vacation, no health insurance, no sick leave, etc. Qualcomm benefits from the American corpitocracy , which is funded by American tax payers, yet provides very little in return to American in terms of jobs. Well, perhaps they indirectly provide more service industry jobs. Also, Qualcomm hides billions of dollars overseas so as to not pay American taxes. Additionally, an IEEE study (and other studies) show that there are plenty of American engineers, meaning very few H1B visas are needed. So, as American colleges spit out more "STEM" professionals, with massive amounts of debt, fewer of them will be able to find jobs because of companies like Qualcomm. Who benefits from all of this? The financial sector does. Know that if you work here, you are contributing to the worsening state of things in the world. You are contributing to the increasing wealth gap between the 1% and everyone else. For example, while bonuses for engineers decreased every review cycle I worked there (despite increasing review ratings), executive pay skyrocketed. Let's think about what these large corporations like Qualcomm do. They take priceless "commodities" (at least in the corporate mind) of human lives and natural resources (plants, animals, minerals), and convert them into pointless gadgets in exchange for worthless currency. This currency has value only because people agree it does. Additionally, corporations exist only because people agree they do. We spend our lives working for a fictitious entity that makes the world a worse place, in exchange for fictitious currency. It is silly. Don't do it. If you don't mind doing tedious mind-numbing work (updating XML and spreadsheets, spending <10% of your time writing code), because you get "fat" paycheck, then work here. If you don't mind knowing that you are trading your life away in order to make the rich richer, then you will like it here. I And, now Qualcomm is laying off 15% of its workforce, and bringing hedge fund members onto the Board. Is this really where you want to work? How about instead, you live an authentic life. Let's quit believing in imagined realities: the corporate people, the fiat currency. Instead, live locally and for each other. Our society worships corporations (imagined constructs) above what is real. Quit doing it, and make the world a better place. If we quit believing in them they will die, not unlike faeries, such as Tinkerbell.

    Advice to Management

    - lower your salaries and distribute your fat bonuses back to the engineers. - quit taking advantage of contract workers - have Qualcomm start paying taxes like the rest of Americans do. Qualcomm is a "person" afterall. - does the CEO really deserve such a huge bonus? - quit posting innovation propaganda everywhere. As long as the work assembly line remains, innovation will not happen. - make it possible to move between groups and learn new roles. The internal job system is not even real.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Why Wait? (to leave this sinking ship)

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    Current Employee - Business Development in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Business Development in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pretty good products, still has strong market position in mobile, people are eager to succeed, a fast-paced organization

    Cons

    A COMPANY IN PRECIPITOUS DECLINE. Endless politics in building "N" and stretching well beyond, 90% of managers' time is spend on things that are by definition useless (show & tell), backstabbing, endless bureaucracy, you can accomplish nothing without legal and legal by definition don't give a damn, QCT (chip business) is quickly losing market share, unrealistic expectations from engineers (luckily I'm not there), egregious benefits for our pompous execs, very hierarchical and title oriented, more than 70 Senior VPs many without the foggiest about people management skills, unethical licensing business model, very short term focus (all profits go out to dividends and buybacks), why wait?

    Advice to Management

    Move on with your millions and let investors bring more capable outsiders to manage this company. You've proven totally ineffective with your product and market focus decisions. Focus on building capabilities and long term investment rather than procuring more private jets and getting drunk at events.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Was a great company..could be again

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    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    company is still a global leader

    Cons

    tightening of belt reduces compensation and increases responsibility


  10. Helpful (10)

    Slow degradation of a great company

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    Former Employee - IT Engineer, Staff in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - IT Engineer, Staff in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work with highly talented people. Your skill set will improve and strengthen. Produce a product that will touch billions of people throughout the world. A great company to have on your resume.

    Cons

    Internal job opportunities are available, but rarely completed. From the time I started until the day I left, the company was completely different. The vision and direction was no longer there. Qualcomm is considered to be one of the most innovating and forward thinking companies in the world. Unfortunately, that opinion is slowly eroding.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees. They are what makes or breaks you. They do not need you, you need them. Continuously giving unrealistic deadlines creating a stressful work environment does not promote strong morale. Get rid of office politics (easier said than done), with managers entrenched for 15+ years, things are difficult to change. Unfortunately, in the current environment, it is more about who you know and how well you know them, than how well you do your job.


  11. Helpful (9)

    Used to be great

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice facilities Good benefits, although this is getting worse in 2016 High end technology

    Cons

    Extremely political environment Promotions are only given to those in the inner click Unreasonable deadlines leading to a very stressful environment Very long work hours and no work life balance Incompetent middle management, as a result of the politicized promotions process Company losing competitive edge What company gives $95 millions to the CEO when it is losing market share and its stock is severely underperforming

    Advice to Management

    The morale among the engineers is really low Clean up the middle management Diversify revenue sources



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