Qualcomm Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
1,652 Reviews
3.9
1,652 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 118 reviews)

  • Exposure of cutting edge technology, Fast paced environment (in 107 reviews)


Cons
  • Management does not seem to care about the work life balance of its employees (in 103 reviews)

  • I worked extremely long hours without receiving even a 'thank you' in most cases (in 81 reviews)

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Sr managements put money in their pockets only

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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
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    good old boys gang, lower level staff mistreated

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    • 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 for less than a 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    #2 Outdated IT environment makes it difficult to accomplish tasks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
  3. 4 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 for 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
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    The worst employer of all time.

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    • 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
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Life is too short for this much stress.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Initial stock options, stock ownership plan, 401k matching, good health insurance.

    Cons

    Highly stressful environment, extremely difficult to be successful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less criticism, more collaboration

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 9 people found this helpful  

    Qualcomm is rife with politics and backstabbing.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Communications Coordinator  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Communications Coordinator in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Pros

    There are alot of smart, hardworking people at Qualcomm, and comraderie and support among coworkers. The pay and the benefits are great.

    Cons

    The company is very heavy with mid-level managers, many who have been there for years and promoted well beyond their skill level. To compensate, the company hires more skilled employees in below them, making the mid-level managers, who these people ultimately report to, feel threatened. Since they are not about to leave--they could never retain their title level and pay elsewhere--there is no place for the newer, more skilled employees to move up. Managers have absolute control, can get away with horrendous verbal abuse, as can any employee who comes under "special protection" of a manager. Human Reousrces is horrible--they will back up an out of control manager and destroy anyone who complains in order to protect the company from lawsuits. There is constant reorganization to hide problem managers, but the individual problems never get addressed, and continue to recur. Anyone who speaks up about it is punished.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have alot of great, hardworking people at your company. Treat them with respect.

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

    Politics, Politics, Politics

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Qualcomm is a stable company, Benefits are great, Salary is decent

    Cons

    The company is riddled with politics. If you want a promotion, then you need to sucking up. Your achievements and effort does not count at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire all the managers and hire more engineers to do the work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    2

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    job security
    good high level management

    Cons

    too much politics
    very bad low-medium level management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create some more process, provide more channel to hear the voice from engineers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    It's all about who you know or friends with

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Good benefit overall
    Good reputation in San Diego
    Laid back atmosphere
    Stable income while your job lasts
    401K matching grant

    Cons

    They don't promote employees based on performance
    They never fire incompetent employees
    They hire friends and family
    There is no career opportunity and growth within company
    HR is useless
    Politics everywhere
    They don't value your work. They only care about numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring friends and family
    Stop promoting friends and family
    Listen to your employees and take our feedback more seriously
    Stop laying off good employees and start getting rid of incompetent ones

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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