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Qualcomm Reviews

Updated December 6, 2014
Updated December 6, 2014
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance if you're on the high-level software teams (in 131 reviews)

  • Exposure of cutting edge technology, Fast paced environment (in 114 reviews)


Cons
  • Management does not seem to care about the work life balance of its employees (in 114 reviews)

  • I worked extremely long hours without receiving even a 'thank you' in most cases (in 90 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company culture

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you can make a lot of of noise about something even if it is low tech, you can build a reputation of a master and climb the ladder quick if surrounded by your own friend. I can't do that and will never do it.

    Cons

    too micro management that kill innovation...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Competition within the company are not very healthy...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Your experience will depend on your group, but their culture of dishonesty let me down.

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting engineering work but understaffed.

    Cons

    After 5 years at Qualcomm my experience was mixed. It depends very much on the specifics of your group and management. If you join as an expert in your field you may find yourself working with inexperienced generalists who do not know what they are doing and rely on your expertise but who are then able to take all the glory. This is compounded by racial cliques in some small teams. From my management I got very mixed messages, heaping praise on the one hand then stabbing me in the back when it counted. It sounds nutty but In the end I encountered a pervasive culture of dishonesty from my managers up to and including senior HR that soured me to this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start giving more than lip service to integrity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Too many kingdoms, lots of politics, no longer a fun place

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

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

    Pros

    Summer on the Lawn
    Beautiful campus
    Good benefits
    Once a great company and fun company to work for

    Cons

    Long hours
    Immature leadership
    Politics rule middle management
    Questionable ethics
    Promotions are not based on performance
    Qualcomm is going after younger hires and does not value experience
    No longer a company that values new ideas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Audit your staff, to much corruption and pay to play.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Mature process, immature IT management - no integrity

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

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

    Pros

    Qualcomm has a great work-life balance if your manager permits you to take advantage of it.
    The medical benifits provided are great!

    Cons

    No integrity in IT Management
    No recognition for new employees
    Tasks/Projects/Milestones accomplished are not communicated up the management chain, especially in IT. Instead, the manager will take credit for great work and accomplishments and has at least one level below to blame when things don't go as favorably.
    Very secretive and cowardly promotion and bonus/perk structures.
    Will actively deny or make extremely difficult the ability to transfer internally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IT Management needs a complete re-haul. Pay the price to get AND KEEP good quality engineers and leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    A sweatshop in the USA. Long hours are inevitable. If you have a life at all, let it go before you work here.

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

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

    Pros

    Some discounts around town for employees.

    Cons

    # No work- life balance.

    # Most work almost 12 hours everyday. Not the managers maybe, but for a new recruit, that is a minimum for months.

    # Salary is very less for the extremely demanding work.

    # Terrible work culture.

    # Half the work force is Temp employees. That says a lot about how Qualcomm wants to save more and pay the absolute least it can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the above comments. It's OK to let your employees have a life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Sr managements put money in their pockets only

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    Nothing I can be proud of. If you compare to other great companies high high pay then this place sucks ass. Go other places if you can.

    Cons

    Low pay, low growth, no life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sr management go drop dead

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    good old boys gang, lower level staff mistreated

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, especially if you are Sr. Staff and above(that's right their class system applied to not just salaries and bonuses)

    Cons

    #1 Arrogance runs through this place.
    #2 Outdated IT environment makes it difficult to accomplish tasks
    #3 Seems completely headless when making decisions, nobody is willing to stick their neck out, see #1.
    #4 HR/Recruiting are clueless and offend people for no real reason, see #1.
    #5 Entrenched management is checked out, leaving their "underlings" to do all the work. It's also impossible to advance in this company without having friends at the VP level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too far gone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    My Experience

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    They do provide great benefits

    Cons

    When you have a medical condition that requires consistent accommodations expect it to be challenged. They will fight you until they are able to terminate you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    The worst employer of all time.

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    Health insurance is very good. Nice facilities including exercise rooms. Internal clubs formed by employees for special interests and hobbies. Cutting edge technogy for some lucky few.

    Cons

    My experience at Qualcomm was extremely negative. The main problem was most of my technical leads were inexperienced and untrained as leads, were not clear on their expectations, were unhelpful technically, and were excessively critical. Several of them were literally the worst leaders imaginable. I was not given time or resources necessary to learn new technologies before being expected to perform on them, and management was unsympathetic for my attempts to seek help. There was no work life balance. I worked extremely long hours without receiving even a 'thank you' in most cases. While there are some opportunities to work on cutting edge technologies, many if not most positions involve maintaining/porting existing/old poorly documented fragmented code.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Terrible HR and Managers, Company wasting cash on non profit divisions with no direction

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, Comparable salary to industry standard

    Cons

    The company's mother ship is in San Diego, they have been buying a lot of startups, the problem is that they don't know how to handle them and pour hard earned cash into some of these non profit divisions which are basically allowed to treat a lot of hard working individuals anyway they want. Too many PHD's with no managerial experience that think they are god doing technician level work. Some are placed in management positions and they are really terrible at it, some cannot even understand English. HR is only a legal front for the managers, holding the sword.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wasting money is not a business model, Company's HR ER needs an overhaul. Too many PHD's with no interpersonal or managerial skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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