Qualcomm Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Was good place to work... Things change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Good location with pockets of technically smart people

    Cons

    With changing of guard at top entire company culture has changed. More tense as people are worked more with less certainly about job stability at company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful

    Standard company.. Used to be much better

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boulder, CO

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

    Pros

    Regular work, good performing company.. and stable job.

    Cons

    Depending on the group - opportunities to grow are limited. Satellite offices are pretty isolated and the promotion structure is really about who you know and whether your manager is aggressive enough, rather than work output. It used to be an engineering company, meaning design and new innovation oriented, but now it's a product oriented company - who wins the rat race to get the barely good product out the door. The ones at the top who've been there > 10-15 years have all sort of settled down, where as the people at the bottom do all the work for minimal bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) There is no pride in what we do anymore, because we are constantly pulled from one project to the next.
    2) Way too aggressive timelines and teams basically want to push the blame from one to the other.
    3) You've cut down slowly on every benefit, that now you're no different from a middle of the road tech company in employee compensation/benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Just started, not sure about other groups

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Team is good. People are nice

    Cons

    Location is not near, project pace is slow

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  5. Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Great place to learn and work

    Cons

    There are no cons here

  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Great company in a city with limited opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Great company to work with

    Cons

    Job ecosystem is limited in San Diego

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. Sr. staff engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good engineering company and technology leadership

    Cons

    long work hours and complexity inside organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Good team and work environment making for a good work-life balance

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    Current Employee - CPU Design Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - CPU Design Engineer in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    I work for the CPU team where all the teams are pretty focused on their objectives with projects and their goals well defined. This creates a good work environment with exciting engineering challenges.

    Cons

    Nothing bad as such apart from I feel social interactions as work place are pretty less.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. A place to do something great or nothing much at all

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer

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

    Pros

    Solid benefits and corporate stability. A lot of effort is put into performance reviews pulling in broad input which translates into promotions based on talent and effectiveness rather than relationships.

    Cons

    Engineering talent is mixed. Some employees are applying advanced techniques and technologies while others limp along with rudimentary approaches.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward quality and growth rather than overtime and heroics to handle self-created crises.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. A solid company with great benefits and opportunities to learn but missing life-balance

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    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Currently employed at Qualcomm and I am enjoying the opportunities to take on big tasks right at the start. The benefits are excellent (ESPP/RSU/401K among best in the industry), great health care, and a nice campus. Team is very receptive to assist when needed. I feel that I can develop a very strong career here with live long learning by working with this top-tier talent. We have a great CEO that values what is important for long-term growth versus what makes stock holders happy.

    Cons

    The culture here seems to be "work first, family second" without directly saying it. While no one will force you to work long hours, the culture seems to dictate it. I know people that had to work over holidays and sacrifice family trips. While this isn't uncommon in our industry, it's sad to see it continued here. The social events that Qualcomm holds for their employees are very far and few between (I know some groups have more than others but my group has very few). I've worked for other semiconductor companies where this was the opposite.

    As a result of the culture, it seems like employees want to get their things done and go directly home. There is very little socializing out side of work or team-building. When I've tried to organize events for my group to meet even for a simple happy hour, it was met with little enthusiasm. I know work isn't meant to be "social hour" but it is nice to have team camaraderie. Life isn't all about the 9-5 (well, more like 8-8 here).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please work on life-balance and promoting more of a light-hearted team atmosphere. Even though Qualcomm is under enormous pressure to perform, it pays dividends when the team isn't constantly stressed out. I really like working here; make me love working here!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Great culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Leadership embodies the values they espouse, very collaborative and some wicked smart engineers. Company believes anything is possible and will work to make that true. Benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Pay isn't the greatest and planning could be better ... planned. Not much in the way of career planning either - you just keep slogging away until its your turn to be promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revisit pay structure across the board - not just the top execs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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