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Qualcomm Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
1,771 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance if you're on the high-level software teams (in 131 reviews)

  • Exposure of cutting edge technology, Fast paced environment (in 114 reviews)


Cons
  • Management does not seem to care about the work life balance of its employees (in 114 reviews)

  • I worked extremely long hours without receiving even a 'thank you' in most cases (in 90 reviews)

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  1.  

    Too much politics and too many clowns

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Good benefits. Lots of smart people

    Cons

    - Too much politics
    - Too many clowns over there
    - It is joking that quite a few people with little technical background and leadership are directors or even above directors

  2.  

    life at Qualcomm Atheros

    • 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

    Friendly working environment. My manager and coworkers are very nice and helpful. I got a lot of flexibility to finish my job on my own way.

    Cons

    no work life balance in my team. always weekend and after-hour support in the whole years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    good place to work

    • 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

    Good place to work, encourages innovation. Good work-life balance. Good benefits

    Cons

    Mediocre pay and very slow pay increase

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    good perks and benefits

    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    leader in mobile chipsets and no competition

    Cons

    hectic work throughout the year

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Staff Engineer

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

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Pros

    - Good Benefits

    Cons

    - Lots of "buddy" system. You're kind of doom if you don't belong to some inner "circle"
    - Management do not to have vision to improve overall process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Lots of things to learn. Competitive salary and work environment is good. Friendly colleagues. Ease to access the campus using the shuttle service provided by qualcomm.

    Cons

    Less personal growth, no work schedule and no paid overtime. you have to learn the things on your own if you want to survive.

  8.  

    Good Company

    • 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

    Takes care of long standing employees. Good place for highly technically driven people.

    Cons

    Can be political at times, and lacks work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good so far, in future ??

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

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

    Pros

    Company is a market leader and strongly positioned in it's core cellular modem business. It is growing steadily. This translates to job security.
    Very good benefits package, one could say it's on par with the best out there.
    Smart people to work with (definitely in the group I work in). Good learning process for fresh grads.

    Cons

    Compensation is average, esp if you are in bay area. Bonuses, RSUs and benefits may make up for it partly but still not on par with most SF Bay Area biggies.
    Work life balance is bad and getting worse progressively as the years pass on. I feel that I am spending more weekends working now compared to earlier. Processes (documentation, communication) havent kept pace with the transition to a big multi-time zone company.
    There are a lot of personal development opportunities, but rarely does one have the chance to put off work and take even a 3-day class.
    Career growth within the company is slowing down. This is mainly due to crowding at higher levels of the company that is throttling the growth of lower and mid-levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great benefits. Promising future, but may have peaked already.

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are really good - haven't seen many other competitive employment packages except for maybe Google or a handful of others. No longer offer stock options, but RSUs. Employee stock purchase plan is standard for tech companies.
    Work life balance is good (depending on your manager/group).
    Mostly positive atmosphere. People are smart, so it can be challenging to move up.
    Everyone used to have his/her own office - this is changing as many groups are forced into cubicles or offices are now becoming shared. Offices with windows are given according to title and seniorlty, though there are exceptions with up to 3 people sharing a larger corner office in some cases.
    Gyms are nice, clean and well equipped. Pool and volleyball courts are nice.

    Cons

    As with all companies, some people are difficult to deal with. Work is demanding and very challenging at times. Time management skills are a must. Also learning to say NO when appropriate is a good skill to have....Lots of politics especially at the corporate levels.
    I came to the company when it was relatively small. Its now a grown up company and things have become more like other bigger companies which have a tendency to move slow on decision making abilities. Also, jobs have become a lot more silo'd and it means that changing jobs can be difficult if you don't know the hiring managers/group. Not enough worker recognition/individual contributor awards. Some groups don't offer any Qualstar awards even if you've busted your butt to achieve a goal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent with your teams by setting specific attainable goals. Don't hide the agenda or at least have your own agenda that only benefits you or your team. Teams and divisions need to collaborate more to reach a common goal. Share information for the benefit of the greater good.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Politics that would embarrass D.C.

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, lots of free gyms on premises, free soda and candy. They also are good about amount of vacation time, given, with five weeks given after ten years of employment.

    Cons

    The politics are so bad, you think you're watching the San Diego spin-off of House of Cards. People that excel usually have the title of "butt-kisser" in their job descriptions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that promotions should be based on accomplishments, not apple polishing. Also, there are often ideas that are valuable that get squashed just because the senior execs egos get bruised.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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