Qualcomm

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Great Intern Experience

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Former Employee - Embedded Software Engineer
Former Employee - Embedded Software Engineer

I worked at Qualcomm as an intern (less than an year)

Pros

Qualcomm provided a fantastic intern experience through the way they took care of their interns. Housing and relocation were taken care of, and they made sure all the interns had a good time

Cons

There were no cons with this internship

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good for Developers/Engineers, not for IT Staff

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    Current Employee - IT Architect in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - IT Architect in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Qualcomm has world class software developers and hardware engineers that make amazing products. The company culture is to give these engineers whatever tools they need to get the job done in the right way. Some may call them "spoiled", but this boosts their productivity. Healthcare is nearly free (minimal co-pays, no cost premium, good coverage for other services), company culture is great, working on a lot of leading edge technologies.

    A lot of "Q" this and "Q" that (e.g. QLife, etc.) and they order in lunch often, have free sodas and snacks, and a lot of people get real offices vice being in a cube farm. Certainly not a Google where you get completely free meals and you can bring your pet to work, but a good innovative culture. Twice a year bonuses, cash awards, and stock grants are great. Qualcomm really puts a lot of time and effort into the twice-yearly review process. They really do a 360 degree view of the person with third party input. Most thorough review process I've ever seen.

    Cons

    Working in IT at Qualcomm is filled with cons and few positives. IT staff are second class citizens, playing second fiddle to developers and "real" engineers. Yes they bring in the money, but a professional IT degreed engineer is not compensated or looked at in the same way as a developer. Since the "real" engineers are fairly spoiled, IT is constantly being pulled at their whim with little planning or time to do it right. Highly reactive, which often results in less than optimal IT solutions. Engineers then look down upon IT for providing half-baked solutions, even when we were totally left out of any up-front planning and they need something "yesterday".

    Corporate IT is also highly siloed, and people get put in a box and rarely let out. If you are an Exchange administrator, then you have zero insight into storage, virtualization, networking, etc. Or maybe all you do is administer load balancers. Very little cross-discipline training or exposure. This stunts IT skills and IT careers. Everyone has their rice bowls, and getting major tasks accomplished that cross multiple groups is very painful. The helpdesk tries their best, but lacks good training and skilled staff. Extremely high turnover, and not very happy customers.

    Because the perks and company are good overall, the poor IT performers stay and rarely seem to leave. Getting HR to fire someone is nearly impossible and takes 6-9 months if not more, even if the person clearly is not even remotely performing at their level. HR is highly risk adverse, which causes major pain for staff managers and makes the teams suffer.

    Bottom line is if you want to work in IT, don't go to Qualcomm. If you are a skilled software developer or hardware engineer, Qualcomm may be your perfect job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give HR and managers more authority to much more quickly terminate staff that are clearly not towing their weight and causing morale problems. Increase IT staffing and replace the IT leadership team that values cross-functionality, diverse skills, career growth, working together, and puts aside the rice bowls. IT staff should not be second class citizens, and if they have the same degrees and years of relevant experience they should be compensated the same as the "real" developers and engineers.

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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    It was a good company, then things got worse and worse.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Access to resources, latest cell phone technology.

    Cons

    Riddled with politics, red-tape, processes and crazy schedules that it's a miracle any innovation happens. Good luck trying to enjoy doing technical work for the passion of doing it.

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