Qualcomm Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
1,643 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    start drinking the Qoolaid and kiss goodbye to your family time.

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    good training, great equipment to use, best of the class knowledge. good managers, great perks. international travel is amazing.

    Cons

    bad work-life balance, super competitive promotions, too much Qoolaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    respect work life balance. listen to your families.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Sr. Staff Engg

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    work for a market leader

    Cons

    very deadline driven and fast paced organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to develop culture to spend more time on delivering quality deliverables

  3.  

    Its a good company to work but office politics might be the stopping point

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lot of learning opportunities, get to work on new ideas and projects. Good pay and bonus structure

    Cons

    Satellite Offices are not good to work for. Review system doesnt work for small offices but is followed as everywhere else. Management needs to review higher Managers somehow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to review higher Managers somehow how they deal with unsatisfied or unhappy employee without blaming the employee at first place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company to work at

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Fast growing company and good benefits

    Cons

    No work-life balance. Heavy load of work

  6.  

    Great Benefits, Too much top heavy

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Cannot find another company with a better health benefits.

    Cons

    Top heavy, difficult to get some new projects started.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    fast-pacing company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    lots of opportunities, room for growth, recognize hard-work.

    Cons

    no work life balance, long hours.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Good incentives, not so good work culture

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Qualcomm as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice incentives, pay and benefits

    Cons

    Bad work culture, lot of bureaucracy.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Good Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work culture, Benefits, perks

    Cons

    Lacks innovation, too much processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    encourage innovation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Lots of benefits, but withering company politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The salary is more than competitive; bonuses and stock RSUs plus great health insurance make it a very positive financial experience. They are just so-so on paying for training outside of specific programs offered internally. There are company gyms with 24 hour access, free of charge, sprinkled around the various 40+ buildings on the campus.

    Cons

    The company politics are ridiculous. I often told people that if I wrote a book of exactly what happened each day, without embellishing or changing any of it, then took it to a book publisher and tried to sell it as non-fiction, they would laugh me out of the office. Some of the butt-kissing episodes, temper tantrums by senior executives and turf wars would be out of place at a children's pre-school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break down the walls. Start rewarding people for real accomplishments as opposed to who kisses the best butt. Make promotions are more legitimate exercise. I could go on for another twenty pages...

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Restructure the pyramid, remove aging leadership

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Great company to learn a variety of skills, good job security so far. Compensation is good, insurance great, senior executives are wise industry leaders. Very hard working employees, amazing talent pool.

    Cons

    Some divisions and projects are run poorly. Mid-management is rather weak, lack foresight and aging non-contributing managerial positions are leading a half checked out semi-retired life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its hard for a company to continue to be nimble with such a massive number of managerial roles (VP, Directors, Snr. Directors, Principals & Snr Staff/Managers) and not young blood for driving innovation, ideas and execution.Every person has to be an individual contributor and not just "manage people" and be slave drivers. This is clearly reflected in the dropping work life balance, company outlook and job satisfaction metrics across the years. Schedules can be met if the high earning managerial class is made to work equally hard as the lower stratum engineers. A good par of mid-management is lack luster and needs to be shown the door.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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