Qualcomm Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
1,694 Reviews
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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. 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
  2. 2 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.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Sr managements put money in their pockets only

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5. 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
  6. 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 (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
  7. 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
  8. 4 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
  9. 8 people found this helpful  

    Life is too short for this much stress.

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (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
  10. 9 people found this helpful  

    Qualcomm is rife with politics and backstabbing.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Politics, Politics, Politics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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