Qualcomm Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. Great benefits in return for 50+ hr work weeks.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    The benefits are amazing. Great healthcare paid in full by Qualcomm. They have a free health clinic and great cafeterias.

    Cons

    They are not doing well as competitors are taking the lead in the industry. They are experiencing major layoffs, which include employees who have been with the company 15+ years.
    Management is also a bit of a joke. Too many top-level leaders without enough worker bees. This results in major ego battles. At times the antics felt more like a high school feud than productive management expected from a leading technology company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure any new manager takes an HR approved employee management class. I experienced illegal activity for California employment law just because a recently promoted manager did not know the laws. This included health privacy violations, hourly pay violations, and harassment. It was corrected when it was reported to HR, but it never should have happened in the first place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Sr. Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Leader in semiconductor industry, excellent benefits and opportunity to work on good projects. Good opportunities for training. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Lack of proper code reviews, limited knowledge sharing across teams. Sometimes projects get cancelled due to marketing reasons. Limited visibility outside the team.

  3. Smart people, encumbered by paperwork

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Most of my team is smart and nice to work with.
    Traffic in Mira Mesa is only a problem for about half an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening, and, if you dodge that window, it's a quick commute to the various housing around.

    Cons

    If you don't like cubicles, well, all future space is looking likely to be cubicles.
    Housing is almost as expensive as San Francisco.
    There is an enormous amount of paperwork surrounding checking in changes.
    There are just enough people who make just enough noise and don't seem to understand stuff that one can be left with the feeling of working with idiots even when almost everyone is nice to deal with.
    Qualcomm is currently trying to reduce staffing costs, so you're pretty much stuck wherever you are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The managed product line paperwork is absolutely morale-destroying. It needs work to be less frustrating to deal with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Not the same company

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    There are lots of very smart people. They provide very good benefits and are a good community citizen (for now). If you're on the right project (especially if it's a manager's pet project), work is great and you'll get the opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Unless you're on the right projects, there's no career advancement. Too many managers have reached their "Peter Principle" levels and are afraid of taking risks or mistakes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of most of your middle management that is blocking innovation and are afraid of making mistakes. You've let go of many innovative engineers, being part of ImpaQt appears to be a kiss of death.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. business development

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    good people to work with

    Cons

    politics, no work life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful

    Standard company.. Used to be much better

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

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

    Pros

    Regular work, good performing company.. and stable job.

    Cons

    Depending on the group - opportunities to grow are limited. Satellite offices are pretty isolated and the promotion structure is really about who you know and whether your manager is aggressive enough, rather than work output. It used to be an engineering company, meaning design and new innovation oriented, but now it's a product oriented company - who wins the rat race to get the barely good product out the door. The ones at the top who've been there > 10-15 years have all sort of settled down, where as the people at the bottom do all the work for minimal bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) There is no pride in what we do anymore, because we are constantly pulled from one project to the next.
    2) Way too aggressive timelines and teams basically want to push the blame from one to the other.
    3) You've cut down slowly on every benefit, that now you're no different from a middle of the road tech company in employee compensation/benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. A place to do something great or nothing much at all

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer

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

    Pros

    Solid benefits and corporate stability. A lot of effort is put into performance reviews pulling in broad input which translates into promotions based on talent and effectiveness rather than relationships.

    Cons

    Engineering talent is mixed. Some employees are applying advanced techniques and technologies while others limp along with rudimentary approaches.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward quality and growth rather than overtime and heroics to handle self-created crises.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Business Analyst for QMS

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Pros

    great food service
    fair evaluations for performance
    Excellent parking
    experienced management

    Cons

    lack of pay - underpaid
    lack of co-worker communication - closed offices
    poor ability to grow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to grow people who wish to accelerate based on passion instead of degree

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Company loosing it's touch!

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

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

    Pros

    - Great History and great technology and great potential
    - Teams are very talented engineering wise, a lot of smart, knowledgeable people

    Cons

    - Growing middle management that does nothing except politicking around
    - Unable to execute in adjacent markets as well as core business (Modems, App processors)
    - Outside HQ, company culture is missing and non existence

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Qualcomm in SD is great, but to be successful you need agile in all major offices and focus in establishing strong culture of innovation
    - walk the walk in encouraging technology innovation rather than focusing too much on Wall street

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Great place to work at

    • 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

    Cutting edge technology to work on

    Cons

    Competition from MediaTek and Apple

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more risks

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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