Qualcomm Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Not the same company

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are lots of very smart people. They provide very good benefits and are a good community citizen (for now). If you're on the right project (especially if it's a manager's pet project), work is great and you'll get the opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Unless you're on the right projects, there's no career advancement. Too many managers have reached their "Peter Principle" levels and are afraid of taking risks or mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of most of your middle management that is blocking innovation and are afraid of making mistakes. You've let go of many innovative engineers, being part of ImpaQt appears to be a kiss of death.

  2. Smart people, encumbered by paperwork

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Most of my team is smart and nice to work with.
    Traffic in Mira Mesa is only a problem for about half an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening, and, if you dodge that window, it's a quick commute to the various housing around.

    Cons

    If you don't like cubicles, well, all future space is looking likely to be cubicles.
    Housing is almost as expensive as San Francisco.
    There is an enormous amount of paperwork surrounding checking in changes.
    There are just enough people who make just enough noise and don't seem to understand stuff that one can be left with the feeling of working with idiots even when almost everyone is nice to deal with.
    Qualcomm is currently trying to reduce staffing costs, so you're pretty much stuck wherever you are.

    Advice to Management

    The managed product line paperwork is absolutely morale-destroying. It needs work to be less frustrating to deal with.

  3. Great company for hardware, mediocre for software

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Smart people, great benefits, family oriented, San Diego is a great place to live

    Cons

    Limited high level software engineering positions. Most software is driver or firmware layer.

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  5. Experience at qualcomm

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    training, work life balance, company values

    Cons

    lack of lateral movement within organization

    Advice to Management

    support lateral movement within organization

  6. Helpful (5)

    Standard company.. Used to be much better

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Systems Engineer

    • 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Free Soda !! Seriously, that's it.

    Cons

    Loooong hours. Forget about having a life. We are talking 12-14 hour days and weekends. They shamelessly ask and you have to agree.
    No job security. People are being fired all over.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Was good place to work... Things change

    • 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.

  9. 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

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great company in a city with limited opportunities

    • 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great company to work with

    Cons

    Job ecosystem is limited in San Diego

  11. Review

    • 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

    Great place to learn and work

    Cons

    There are no cons here

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