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Brush up my skills to another Level

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Current Contractor - Engineer in San Diego, CA
Current Contractor - Engineer in San Diego, CA

I have been working at Qualcomm as a contractor (more than a year)

Pros

Great learning environment of new techniques and technology

Cons

Deadlines are crazy over here.

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    Senior Engineer at Qualcomm San Diego

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Some good talented people around
    Good HR policies
    Stable
    Nice city

    Cons

    Too stressful
    Too many directors & sr. directors.
    Dump middle management, over aggressive ping and mailing around
    Just pushing limits and crazy deadlines
    No life & low life make you feel second class
    Too many desi ruining the work culture and dont have any life other than work
    Anything and whatever is not enough
    Too much politics for promotion very hard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please respect senior engineers & staff they actually do the job others just push around.
    Please compensate us with right bonus and appreciate our hard work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 13 people found this helpful  

    Think carefully before committing yourself.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you love technical work this is for you (and don't mind leaving the family alone).
    If you like company politics, come here, its a playground for that.
    Business/Administrative folks have better work life than engineers, engineers are underlings.
    When it comes to layoffs or team shutdowns, engineers are protected but project/administrative/non-technical mgm't personnel are let go.
    Interdepartmental job transfer is great for lateral transfers.
    If your idea for a new business is chosen, and QC will fund it, you can lead it (this is the correct way to build up your job title - like a start up)

    Cons

    -What used to be a wonderful place to work has dramatically changed in the last 5 years
    -For salaried engineers - no such thing as work-life balance, you are obligated to work 6-7 days / week
    -new hires get burned out quick, turn over has steadily increased.
    -middle management delegates heavily to lower subordinates.
    -HR is honest, they will tell you are being paid below average, they will not adjust your pay to the market rate unless you've demonstrated exceptional performance after several years(you will need to decide if its worth it). They will tell you the RSU's can makeup for it. But that's not cash in hand
    -the competition is super stiff, your performance review is ranked against the entire business division; not your team mates.
    -Expect executive management to micromanage; but not to help assist
    -Consultants/temps really just work 8 hours, they generally lose the drive to go above and beyond to help you (as they too will burn out), you will need to have skills to be self sufficient.
    -Expect caste-like treatment between manager and employee
    -You will need to be versed in Indian conduct/relationships, otherwise the you might be caught off guard being that you're located in San Diego.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For engineering units: Technical skill set is always a core-requisite, but management skills need improvement badly. Not everyone who's great technically qualifies to be a manager

    profit margins is all mgm't talks about, it's time to listen to the lower subordinates and find out why

    We don't see changes after the employee surveys... what's the point?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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