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Pressure cooker

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

I worked at Qualcomm full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

Market leader
Management has repeatedly shown knack of being at right place (technology/product wise) at the right time
Excellent benefits - especially gold plated health plan
Very bright people
Qualcomm is an excellent company which has execution at all costs as its DNA. This has served the organization well as they have been able to capture the cellular market with being able to deliver extremely quickly while others have struggled.

Cons

The dark side is the human cost of the execution driven culture. There is absolutely no respect for the personal life of the engineers. People are supposed to be able to drop everything at a moment's notice to work round the clock for months including days, nights, weekends etc.

Mid-level managers threaten (by extensive name dropping), cajole and browbeat people into making them work crazy hours.

The reason for all this is the explosion of products in the last few years. There is surprisingly little commonality and leverage between products and the feature combinations are so numerous that a lot of engineering time is spent repeatedly integrating and verifying legacy features. In addition the development environment and tools are abysmal. Given the stressful environment and lots of grunt work there is very little professional growth.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Prune upper management ranks. There are too many VPs and above for an organization this size
The actual technical muscle is swamped by layers and layers of managers whose sole purpose is to convey status above and pressure people below
The product lines need to be drastically cut and simplified
Most importantly improve development tools. Make platforms common and evolve them

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Game Artist working at a Tele-communications company

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    Current Employee - 3D Animator  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - 3D Animator in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    - really nice benefits
    - overall good working environment (barring distraction from co-workers)
    - Free gym and beverages

    Cons

    - not much future for someone wanting to make game art
    - seeing a large company waste so much money is painful
    - commuting across Mira Mesa is a royal pain...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    One of the best place work for in San Diego

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

    I worked at Qualcomm as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people and technology driven.

    Cons

    Can not think of anything negative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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