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. nice place to work

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    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


  3. Anonymous

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    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. Great place to work

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

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    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.


  7. Good place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good challenging projects and Good compensation

    Cons

    Large org and high competition.

    Advice to Management

    none.


  8. Qualcomm IT

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    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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Quality company, but feels like its declining

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    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.


  10. Senior Financial Analyst

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    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


  11. 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



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