Qualcomm Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 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 82 reviews)

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  1.  

    Full of smart people who are highly knowledgeable in wireless communications

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Pros

    There's a reason why Qualcomm is often listed in Best Places to Work surveys. Management makes sure to listen to employee concerns, needs, and wants, in order to improve working conditions as well as work-life balance. At times, they are even proactive about introducing new ideas to make working at Qualcomm better.

    Not only that, working at Qualcomm gave me the opportunity to work with and learn from very smart and experienced people in the field of wireless communications. Since many of these people are the pioneers in the field, I was able to get a sneak peek at upcoming technologies--and everybody was open and willing to share with me. People (even some quite senior members) are generally happy to chat, no matter how busy they are.

    Cons

    Since it's a large company, sometimes it seems that an individual's contribution does not impact the company much. The managers do try, however, to recognize the contributions, even if it doesn't eventually pan out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening to the employees, and they will continue to pay you back with great work and quality products.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good internship experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Corporate housing. Relocation is paid for. Very excellent free gym access. Flexible hours depending on your team. Casual work environment.

    Cons

    I felt that there wasn't enough attention in terms of mentoring given to me as an intern. The pay could've been a bit more when compared with other similarly sized software companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The leadership was good overall. Team lead was very knowledgeable and competent technically. However they could have paid more attention to the intern and given me more feedback and guidance.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It allowed me to get a feel for software engineering in qualcomm.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Pros

    There are really good benefits and a lot of great people to work with. The teams are usually very diverse and there are always good oportunities around.

    Cons

    The work can sometimes get quiet slow and boring, but you just need to keep looking for more interesting work that is around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should allow some type of choice program so that new hires can choose which department they can go into.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Summer Intern Review

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Interim Engineering Intern  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Interim Engineering Intern in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Great experience working on a small team of motivated engineers. Was able to make a meaningful contribution even as a summer intern.

    Cons

    Might feel lost within such a large company. On-campus food options are not very good. Ability to move up within company is unclear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job with executive speaker series for interns. Gave a good look into the future of the company. Good luck.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Some thoughts as an intern....

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    -Interesting work

    -Mentor is willing to help you out

    -Opportunity to learn

    Cons

    -Depending on the team, you can feel isolated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

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    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Qualcomm is a good company to work for.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Interim Engineering Intern  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Interim Engineering Intern in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Nice Work Environment. Nice People.

    Cons

    Working in labs running monotonous tests may not be very interesting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Smart people are there in the management.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It is a great place for internship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Interim Engineering Intern  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Interim Engineering Intern in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Pros

    It is fair to say that the interns are high class citizens. Regular employees are jealous about the intern activities. San Diego is a nice city.
    Decent and spacious parking lots.

    HR cares interns. It's true.

    Cons

    Cafeteria food is not of a great quality, sadly. The unlimited supply of soda will hurt the health of employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Is FloTV a good business decision?

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  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Qualcomm is an overall good company to work for, just make sure you end up in the right group...

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

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Pros

    The company offers good benefits, and a good compensation. The people are nice and the working atmosphere is pleasant. Qualcomm likes to emphasize on balancing work life and hobbies. There are nice events organized for employees. I think it is a great place to work for when you have a family. Your working hours are also very flexible.

    Cons

    Big company, can feel lost sometimes as an intern. I worked in two different groups. I hated the first one but really liked the second one. Your experience depends a LOT on your group (and therefore your manager too). I did not learn much in my first group but learned a lot in my second group in a shorter period of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really depends... first manager did not care about me. Second manager was awesome.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    if you find your niche, great place to work

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    great benefits, nice people, location

    Cons

    not much sunlight (no windows)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more organization

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Qualcomm employer review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Interim Engineering Intern  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Interim Engineering Intern in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    It is exciting to work for a company that is so successful at what it does. Everyone is extremely smart and there is opportunity for personal and career growth. Also, you can't beat a location like San Diego. It's one of the best places in the world to live and work in.

    Cons

    Same as the downsides for working for any large company. It is sometimes hard to get a good idea of what your work will go to help out the strategic goals of the organization. In a smaller company a single person's work is directly impacting to the success of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They could implement more efficient and frequent communication with the employees and have a way of transmitting ideas up to them.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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