Qualcomm Reviews

Updated August 30, 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. Helpful (3)

    Quality company, but feels like its declining

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work, accessible management, excellent compensation including bonuses, ESPP, RSUs, etc, excellent benefits (but decreasing), perks like free soda, coffee, etc (but decreasing)

    Cons

    Essentially, the company is in a period of cost-cutting, and the way they are doing it is very different from how things used to be. When I was first hired around 2008, the company was also going through tough times. In the economy at the time, nobody really knew what was happening. To hedge against things possibly getting worse, the company held off on giving bonuses for one review period. They had a meeting and explained the situation to the employees, and as a show of solidarity, the executive team all took a 25% pay cut. We respected this. Once things were more stable, not only did they bring back bonuses but they made the next one bigger than normal to make up for not giving one during the previous cycle. The way the cuts are happening this time is very different. Basically, I would describe it as being penny wise and pound foolish. There is now an approval process to get an AA battery for a pager, a new laptop now requires VP approval, and sodas are being removed from conference rooms. They are cutting in ineffective, but visible ways, which is the worst way to go. Additionally, health benefits are set to decrease as of the first of the year. They will still be good, but not great as they once were.

    Advice to Management

    Be very careful. You may not be aware of it, but most of us with good social media profiles are being regularly contacted by the Googles, Facebooks, and Apples of the world. If you keep being unwise with your cuts, you will experience your top performers leaving on mass.


  2. Summer 2015 Intern

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Qualcomm as an intern

    Pros

    Easy interview process, emphasis on diversity, decent intern events and perks, AMAZING intern housing, lovely location, friendly employees, low stress

    Cons

    Somewhat dull project, company felt too large and corporate, pay is somewhat on the lower end (compared to other well known companies)


  3. Program manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very good and new technology. Very talent led peers to work with

    Cons

    Uncertain future with rapid change in the project direction. Too many politics floating!


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  5. Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    Wire variety of tools and technology to work with, benefits, & global organization.

    Cons

    Quantity of concurrent projects and workload.


  6. nice place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    nice people, nice facilities, good opportunities

    Cons

    reduction. hard to co-work with co-workers


  7. Qualcomm IT

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great work / life flexibility with hours

    Cons

    several levels of management, hard to navigate.

    Advice to Management

    allow multiple work from home days.


  8. Software Integration Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Integration Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software Integration Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very progressive company. Doesn't skimp on equipment or acitvities.

    Cons

    None, other than I was laid off

    Advice to Management

    Please rebuild Qualcomm after the restructure


  9. Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    Qualcomm is an industry leading fabless semiconductor company. Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Long hours and hard work. Late nights and early mornings to communicate with teams around the world


  10. Qualcomm Marketing Internship

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Qualcomm as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The work environment was fairly autonomous. I would be assigned projects with open ended deadlines. The resources were great, and the development track for interns was top notch.

    Cons

    Never knew if my work was actually being used anywhere. Kinda stuffy for a tech company. Not the best communication between departments, leading to redundancies.

    Advice to Management

    The executive team should guttier hands a little more dirty with the rest of the company. They do a pretty good job, but Qualcomm, especially San Diego isa pretty casual setting. I think the executive team could get little more involved.


  11. Support Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Support Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    i like to work here

    Cons

    there is no carrier growth



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