Qualcomm Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
1,590 Reviews

3.9
1,590 Reviews
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Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Great place to work but could improve

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible daily schedules, Great health benefits, bonus and stock twice a year, Lots of perks

    Cons

    Deadline driven burns workers out, Could be more progressive in work-life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Decent place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Great benefits. Smart people.

    Cons

    Politics politics politics. Inflexible.

  3.  

    Customers and result driven

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Very strong in SOC hw design. Good work and life balance. Excellent benefits for dependents. Work is very deadline and customer driven

    Cons

    For new hires, sometimes it's difficult to get enough help to ramp up because everyone is so busy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company

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

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

    Pros

    Fast growing, cutting edge technology, great benefits

    Cons

    Great leadership, but too many layers. Very hierarchical. Not much options for individual contributors not interested in management tracks. Main business focus is in San Diego and for CDMA technologies. Struggles with global organization structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More choices for employees to grow laterally. Way too hierarchical and inflexible compared to Silicon Valley companies. Long term employees are good in one way, but are bad that they know only one way to do things. Innovation will be thwarted if status quo is the primary goal. Focus on fresh new ways of doing things and thinking outside the box at all levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    good company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    good benefit. good environment. good company

    Cons

    high stress.fast pace. long hour.

  7.  

    Great experience and smart people. Constantly working with new projects and new challenges as business grows.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Great working experiences, smart people, great pay and benefits. Wonderful cross-functional support and teamwork. Exiting company to work for.

    Cons

    Giant company = giant bureaucracy and limited scope. As far as your workplace experience, your mileage will vary, depending on what group you work in and who you work for. There are some wonderful leaders in upper mgt, and also some who really don't deserve to be there. Most higher ranking positions are increasingly filled externally, rather than promoting from within.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I consistently see poor decisions made by upper management and executives due to the fact that many of them do not understand the repercussions at the working level. In such a large company, executives can easily be removed from the reality and consequences of their decisions. This can be fixed through better information sharing through the ranks, as well as a commitment to internal promotions, rather than external hires into the higher ranking positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    pretty good

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm as an intern

    Pros

    * Good work
    * Good manager
    * Good pay

    Cons

    * Bad food and it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 10 years

    Pros

    As a company Qualcomm is a great company to work for. Compensation and benefits are above-average.

    Cons

    Middle managements are bureaucratic and out there for themselves.
    Growth opportunities are limited.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    They work to keep you happy

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    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    First off, this review applies to the Boulder office. Other offices may be different.

    Good work/life balance
    Competitive compensation
    Work *can* be very interesting when working on cutting edge technology
    Smart co-workers

    Cons

    Little insight into project health - it may be good one day, then cancelled the next.
    Can be difficult working for a lead in a remote office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great culture

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

    I worked at Qualcomm as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great Work culture
    - Lots of inside company activities to participate like seminars, game competitions, technology competitions
    - Helpful and some smart people
    - Work from home and flexibility in work
    - great perks, relocation and healthcare benefits

    Cons

    - Average salary
    - Very difficult to know, whom to contact for specific problems
    - Lack of communication between software and modem team which some time delay your work
    - No clear define goals
    - I worked in Open source department where it's not very clear what need to achieve
    - Lack of growth in term of position and salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manager need to define work clearly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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