Qualcomm Reviews

Updated August 29, 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. Qualcomm

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

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

    Pros

    Used to be good benefits so far. Opportunity to work on good technical work

    Cons

    Lots of politics, incompetent leads

    Advice to Management

    Promote technical people as opposed to those just asking for status, without being able to help.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Decent place

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Employee benefits are good. You can feel proud seeing all the devices you worked on getting launched in the market.

    Cons

    some times work life balance takes a hit


  3. Anonymous

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great Cutting Edge Modem Technology

    Cons

    Too much bad politics and nepotism


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Large corporation with challenging work, but lacks leadership in some areas where new businesses are emerging.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the top paying companies in southern California. Decent benefits Highly talented staff and challenging work. Have their own swimming pool, tennis courts, volley-ball courts and gyms in multiple buildings.

    Cons

    Extremely vertical organization. Career options have stifled. Work/Life balance has gone down. Harder to get your ideas heard to upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Company needs to take some risks and do the things that market would demand. Then the customers will come... Make use of the cash-pile to venture into new growth areas instead of trying to appease share-holders.


  6. Senior Financial Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, solid business, top leader in mobile technology

    Cons

    Slow growth in smartphone industry, lack of communication to employees

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to communication with employees


  7. Good company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance Good Management. Leader in technology.

    Cons

    None Its the best. And you get to live and work in San Diego. Who can offer that ?

    Advice to Management

    None. keep doing what you guys are doing.


  8. Helpful (9)

    Not anymore, Not anymore man~~

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Pros

    San Diego is so nice. 1.Benefit used to be good.. 2.It used have lots of smart people 3.Nice campus

    Cons

    1.Tons of "managers" get paid by just pushing people and sending status report 2.Not a place for software engineer (Since they call everything as "script") 3.Low Low Low paid


  9. Helpful (3)

    Senior Program Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good compensation package and health insurance. - IT and facility services are quick and responsive, so you can focus on work. - Many in-house classes and resources for learning. - Advance technology

    Cons

    - Bureaucracy and politics make day-to-day execution difficult. - Too many layers. Each layer has different direction and plan. Execution alignment is off. - Arrogance among the old timers. Will not listen to reason or if your title is below certain level. - Too much focus on status update and reporting of metrics that do not translate directly to satisfying customer needs.

    Advice to Management

    - Create a flat organization. Get engineering back to engineering work instead of trying to manage the message and upper mgmt. - Better accountability. Failures need to be addressed and real contribution to be rewarded. - Breakdown the functional silos.


  10. Good Company Bad TImes

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Support Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Support Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good equipment, nice facilities, good benefits package

    Cons

    Current pending Layoffs put employment in jeopardy for thousands


  11. Helpful (1)

    Only down hill from here

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Applications Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Staff Software Applications Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - We still get a paycheck - Environment is laid back

    Cons

    - No upward mobility - Cuts in almost all benefits (and there are more coming)



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