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Updated July 4, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    Staff Engineer (Software)

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Competitive pay
    - I got promoted quickly but that really depends on team, I have alot of friends who are very capable but get mired in performance review politics, really hit or miss.

    Cons

    - Quality of people who have been here 12-15+ years ago not up to par - probably joined when Qualcomm was growing quickly, makes you wonder how are these guys engineers
    - Sweatshop mentality last 3 years+ in QCT (the chip making business). Schedule ahead of quality, with questionable return.
    - Management too conservative and not willing to invest in growth areas

    Advice to Management

    invest more in emerging growth opportunities


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great company for new grads

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible, good insurance, great location, attorney can help apply h1b and green card. Global support

    Cons

    Mobile industry may meet throttle. Slow growing and may lay off recently. Too much office politics. Long time to get promotion


  3. Helpful (1)

    Staff Engineer

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits in Engineering Dept. However, not good in IT division.
    Pioneer of Wireless Technology and ample learning opportunity.
    Good for people who like lab culture.
    Engineering division encourages innovation.

    Cons

    IT Division processes are not inspiring and adhere to new technology.
    IT Division Benefits are not good.
    IT Division work in challenging, gives learning opportunity however very closed in terms of process change suggessions.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees change to move around within the company more easily based on previous ratings.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    Probably a good place to work for

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Despite recently slashes in health insurance benefits, it's still pretty good. No premiums are always good even if the deductible is very high.
    - 401k match superb and plenty of low-fee funds (read: vanguard) available.
    - ESPP is amazing, %15 discount with look-back
    - Depending on the team you're in (read: not division but actual team) you might have relaxed deadlines. Note that this heavily depends on the quality of code that the team has. Teams with crappy code deservedly do a ton of firefighting.
    - HR si very good about raises. They make an effort to adjust your salary to market (in addition to inflation) without you asking.
    - Bi-annual bonuses in both cash and stocks (RSUs).
    - Most people honestly enjoy working here.

    Cons

    - Lots of layoffs recently, job security is iffy.
    - Company profitability on a downward trend
    - Benefits getting slashed recently (new CEO not very employee friendly at the moment)
    - Again, depending on the team you're in, you could deal with really crappy code that'll make your job soul sucking. There is a ton of legacy code being maintained with no intent to erase technical debt. This is *not* a software company. The policy generally is: if it works, ship it. On a flip side, there are teams with superb code. Quality of code varies drastically by team.
    - Pay is average. The benefits probably make up for it.
    - MIddle-management make waaay too much money (in bonuses) compared to doing work. Not to mention, management vs low-level peons seems to be 50/50 split, which is just astonishing, given that they are relatively hands-off the products.
    - Performance review isn't merit based. If could prove P=NP in your first review, and you'll only get a 3.5/5. On the flip side, you could take a dump on your manager's table on your 6th review and you'll still get a 5/5. Scores are manipulatied to show "improvement" across reviews and do not reflect the amount of work you've done.


  6. Engineer II

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Nothing to specify anything about QC

    Cons

    Good place to work and learn new things


  7. Helpful (1)

    pros and cons of qcom

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Overall good company but very demanding in terms of work hours.

    Cons

    Worse if you get stuck in bad group, hard to move within Qcom.

    Advice to Management

    More uniform evaluation of employees.


  8. software engineer

    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 3 years)

    Pros

    lots of experts within the company

    Cons

    career advancement is very difficult


  9. Helpful (6)

    Suffering from big corporation symptoms in various ways

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Good starting point for new grads, easy interview;

    2. Good pay in San Diego area;

    3. Free on-site gyms;

    4. Good benefit and on-site hospitals;

    5. Nice and talented people to work with, and you can learn a lot of new things.

    Cons

    1. You will regret for being hired so easily and cheaply in a couple of years;

    2. Low pay with trivial increase/promotion opportunities compared to the Bay Area, while San Diego's rental home and real estate markets aren't cheap at all, compared to the Bay Area; you save $10,000 per year at maximum in renting a home at San Diego, but your annual salary is at least $30,000 less than your peers in the Bay Area, and every one can do the math;

    3. Workload is heavy all the time, and that is the way how the Project Management wants to hire you. You won't have time for exercising in the gyms;

    4. Benefits will be significantly cut starting from 2016. In the past, $0 out from the pocket; the 2016 deductible plan requires self-pay for the first a few thousand dollars. The company seems to encourage senior people to leave by themselves and discourage employees to take sick leave and see a doctor by announcing this benefit change;

    5. Apart from those good people, there are too many bad people as well. Some guys refuse to collaborate every time, and they just blindly throw issues to other teams and wasting other people's time, even without doing a simple checking by themselves; some guys with Electrical Engineering background are really bad in their coding styles. Those poorly written implementations create a whole lot of traps for other people, and they are creating bugs everyday for their owners too;

    6. A lot of politics. When an issue comes, every team declines their responsibility. A poor guy with a politically powerless leader will usually make the fix and gets blamed at last.

    7. Too complex and unscalable systems with crappy design. Every team stays in their own technical area, and do not know what other teams are doing. This partially contributes to the politics mentioned in (6).

    8. Greedy and unrealistic scheduling with no software engineering methodologies. For instance, to bring up a feature with teams from layer-1, layer-2 and layer-3, and a high layer has functional dependency on a low layer. If the water-fall method can be used, i.e. let layer-1 to start first, and resolve all their issues before delivering things to layer-2 and layer-3, things will be much easier. The reality is that, the Project Management always wants all teams to work in parallel and expect things to get done within a month. It seems like the Scrum method is always the choice at QCT, and in fact every day is a mess with this SW engineering method. In order to have the bring up to happen, every team is making temporary but dirty workarounds, which should be replaced or discarded in the near future. So, why not start earlier and leave more time for the ultimate clean solution? It turns out that, all the efforts for those dirty and temporary solutions get be wasted.

    9. Long hours throughout the year, and promotions takes long for ordinary people. I am not a racist but I did realize that some guys with the same race as those mid-Management guys seems to be favored by the mid-Management, and they can enjoy their days lazily and get promotion even quicker than other employees who work really hard. For ordinary people, it usually takes 5-6 reviews to get a promotion, no matter how hard you work. It's not worth it to work so hard, and sacrifice your health and your family.

    10. A lot of global testing/technical support offices, and they are generating issues at late night or on weekends. All issues are shoot back to San Diego and you are expected to resolve them ASAP. Why can't those offshore teams resolve issues locally? Why can't they wait until business hours in San Diego?

    11. A lot of inefficient weekend support which turns out to be a waste of time. When those leaders tried to resolve an issue during weekends, it takes a long time for engineers to wait for each other. Time for relaxing the body and recovering from tiredness is wasted in such meaningless waiting. An issue that can be resolved in 30 minutes in a business day will take almost a whole day to get resolved on weekends. So why not do the work quickly on Monday? Engineers cannot take a rest on weekends, as a punishment, they won't work efficiently during business hours in the next week. What is gain, what is the benefit for rushing on weekends? Even worse, weekend support is forcing good engineers to leave the company.

    12. No investment to the growing technical areas from the high management. In recent years, QC has been creating trivial feature combos, which Customers do not even pay attention to. Those nasty combos had created millions of bugs, and had exhausted QC's engineering work-force. As in a negative feedback loop, everyone is busy fixing bugs everyday, and won't have time to invent for the future.

    13. Bug fixing is preferred over a clean design. Things happen too quickly, and there is always no time for a good and clean design. There are far too many poor designs were implemented in products, and they simply do not work in reality. Various teams are forced to hack out dirty workarounds that might break something else tomorrow. Test teams are testing the same thing over and over again, before things can work.

    Advice to Management

    Invest new technical areas and invent something unique, stop creating trivial feature combos that will waste all of your resource. Use some kind of software engineering methodologies, and do not learn from your crappy asian competitors. If you learn from them, you become crappy too. Treasure your employees as you treasure your money. Many Bay Area tech giants want your employees too. If you lose your good engineers, your new hires won't get good guidance and your source code database can get completely polluted within a month.


  10. Good Remote Location

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Working at remote location is a great location that gives a small company feel with big company benefits.

    Cons

    Working at remote location is remote from the main campus which sometimes gets in the way


  11. Helpful (3)

    Ehhh....

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None, full with people doing nothing but talking.

    Cons

    Executives are not helping the company grow.



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