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Productive career at qualcomm, that helped me get to where i am now

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Former Employee - Product Manager in San Diego, CA
Former Employee - Product Manager in San Diego, CA

I worked at Qualcomm

Pros

Great benefits. Dont have to worry much about the terrible us healthcare system.

Awesome location - san diego.

Decent work-life balance, depending on your team

Cons

Hardcore engineering co, making it sometimes tough if you are not an elec/comp engineer.

They Underpay because of the high quality of sd life

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    99% politics, 1% actual engineering

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    - medical benefits.
    - many onsite technology lectures.

    Cons

    - lower than average compensation in terms of salary and stocks.
    - too much emphasis on political gains by directors/managers rather than emphasizing on actual engineering work.
    - nobody is willing to make critical decisions when it comes to risk management and setting priorities.
    - no specific promotion guideline, it's mostly dependent on personal relationships with upper management rather than actual contributions.
    - competent engineers keep leaving after getting fed up with too much politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to realize they have to hire and keep top talents to become successful in this new climate with less royalty revenue. They can't keep alienating top talents with their politics.

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

    Still a Great Company, But Not What it Used to Be

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    Current Employee - Director of Product Management in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Product Management in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    *Excellent Health Benefits (could be changing soon)
    *Decent Comp. Plans
    *Above-board, open-door corporate culture
    *Talented co-workers and managers
    *Tons of educational and knowledge expansion opportunities

    Cons

    *Nobody at the top layer leaves, so VERY limited upward mobility
    *Office politics are worse than most
    *Company getting increasingly stingy with options, RSUs, etc.
    *Innovation and pushing the envelope not encouraged. Don't rock the boat
    *Very "inside-out" development mentality which is typical of Engineering-focused companies ("I just built this cool widget, now let's figure out who wants to buy it.")

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    *Reward those driving innovation
    *Actively manage and cultivate talent
    *Keep people invested in the company through incentives such as stock and RSUs
    *Find updward mobility options (even cross-divisional) and create a program for those who feel stuck in their current role to explore those options. The current Internal Opportunity System is broken because many reqs are either ghost reqs or already have a candidate identified prior to opening the req. Very frustrating.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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