Qualcomm Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
1,686 Reviews
3.9
1,686 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance, Cutting edge work (if you're lucky enough to be assigned to it) (in 121 reviews)

  • Exposure of cutting edge technology, Fast paced environment (in 109 reviews)


Cons
  • Management does not seem to care about the work life balance of its employees (in 110 reviews)

  • I worked extremely long hours without receiving even a 'thank you' in most cases (in 83 reviews)

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  1.  

    great place to work

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is stable company to work

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy to handle

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Staff Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Exciting fast-paced environment. Innovation wireless communication products with state-of-art process technology. Great benefits.

    Cons

    long working hours (50~60hrs/wk still not enough), very tight NPI schedule. managers no patients for slow progress and lack of tolerance for errors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    excellent in training, tons of technical material available for employee for self training in Qualcomm library including live video.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Innovative, inclusive work culture and very good benefits

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Get to work on new technology, skills and products in the mobile space. Very good on job training and a immense library and training resources. Good work and life balance in some divisions.

    Cons

    Promotions and career growth considerations are mostly on how much you can market yourself and communicate your work and accomplishments with cross functional teams in your organization. This might be true in most big corporations. Non-core business divisions are ill funded in R&D and not a very cooperative environment between divisions. Lot of upper management have been with the company very long compared to other companies, that impedes career growth and more work per engineer at lower levels with the resource and budget constraints.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great!

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Qualcomm is a great company to work for !

    Cons

    No cons, Qualcomm is a great company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Qualcomm is a company dedicated to work/life balance

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The facilities are great, the teams want to innovate, and the company has a family like culture

    Cons

    the traffic is a nightmare

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    going downhill

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    good work-life balance,
    nice gym
    nice pool

    Cons

    no career advancement
    boring job routine
    unable to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    higher pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A thriving organization that treats its employees well, but at the same time it's a very technical, very un-organized, and very dis-jointed tech company.

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits:
    - Health Insurance premiums are fully paid by the company for the employee and their family.
    Great Pay:
    - Competitive Salary and twice a year performance based Raises, Bonuses, and Stock.

    Cons

    Large company that often operates much like a small start-up.
    Many Small teams that are unaware of what is happening in other small teams.
    Things are not usually well defined. Must go around and get buy-in from multiple sources.
    Often ownership is not very clear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The matrix'd organization has its benefits, but I see many hours wasted daily because folks do not know the right person to get commitment, help, info from.
    Many long-time employees do know where to go, but I believe clearly document ownership (across products and deliverables) would be very beneficial to the overall organization.

  9.  

    It's good, but could be better

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    A lot to learn at this work place and it is pretty good so far. I would want to come back to learn about it.

    Cons

    Micromanagement and internal politics damage an fragile work environment. Most people dont trust each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please trust your contract employees enough to not let the good ones go. There are so many dead weights in the company and it's hurting morale a lot.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Glass ceiling for women

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    Smart co-workers; Good work environment; Great learning opportunities. CEO seems to have a clearer path forward. Solid world class IP. Great roadmap. Good C-suite team.

    Cons

    Promotions are given for time in the seat. When you are up for promotion, the first thing they want to know is "how long have they been in the position?". So much for merit. This kills motivation and promotes cruising for a few years.

    Women seem to get stuck in middle management. I think the old sayig that "people hire those that are like themselves" is in play for the executives. This is also true of the various cultures hired. Each group seems to hire their own culture and even speak in their native language in San Diego. If you go to the cafeteria, it is like the Wild Animal Park where the same "types" of people congregate together, just like at the park where similar type animals congregate together. Nothing wrong with that except that mentality seems to translate to hiring.

    If you are from Southern California, you will feel you are in Asia at this company, except for the old timers.

    I have no clue what my management's goals are all the way up the chain, CEO excluded. This seriously limits my ability to help them achieve their goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    ASIC/FPGA design engineer with big modem design experience

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

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

    Pros

    Good salaray. Job sometimes chalanging (interesting).

    Cons

    Sometimes a lot of stress for no reasom (bad management)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has to get better technical skills

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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