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Stimulating work environment, smart colleagues, great benefits and work/life balance - but big company growth blues

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Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA

Pros

Working at Qualcomm (in particular in the San Diego headquarters) offers great learning from all sources everyday - colleagues, countless seminars, technology fairs, etc. Excellent work culture for the most part, good employees are respected and rewarded.

Cons

Qualcomm has grown to be a large company, in particular in the last 10 years. The work culture and growth potential have, naturally, evolved accordingly. This means:

(1) Although the company is innovating in multiple new technology areas, in most parts of the company, innovation is recognized and rewarded only in the more traditional (3G, 4G) technologies.

(2) Qualcomm has become a very top heavy company. Due to the incumbents who started in the company early, and never left, low outside opportunities in the San Diego area, and simply the company being a great place to work, the layer of SVPs and VPs is huge.

(3) There is a good chance that younger and very talented engineers will be (are) frustrated, as promotions are, to a great extent, a slave of "protocol", which is applied in equal measure to everyone - regardless of talent. ("Although you're outstanding, we cannot promote you in two years because on average it takes four, etc.").

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Qualcomm's executive leadership should try to develop a systematic and disciplined view of future technology strategy. The company should invest in diversifying into innovation in areas non-traditional to its core competence - which it is, but it should do so in a way that the new projects can be successfully brought to market and monetized.

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    Working in fast paced, innovative and start up like environment in a growing industry

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer Staff  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer Staff in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Minimal micro-management, lots of leeway given to engineers, start-up feel

    Cons

    Top loaded, harder and harder to get promoted, discourages younger engineers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue with great strategic management of core products as well as other projects

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    good

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

    Pros

    great benefits, good work culture, technology hub

    Cons

    too much heavy weight at top, so career advancement is slow

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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