Qualcomm Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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Pros
  • Upper management genuinely wants employees to achieve a healthy work-life balance (though some project leads may not) (in 131 reviews)

  • Get to work on cutting edge technology (in 114 reviews)

Cons
  • Bad inter office politics; poor work life balance (in 114 reviews)

  • Pay is not great for the long hours they expect of you (in 90 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    It was good while it lasted

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary was on par with what other companies pay in Silicon Valley. But you get to live in beautiful San Diego! Bi-annual bonuses and merit increases RSU bonuses although those will be dwindling down in terms of numbers of RSUs given out Didn't have to pay any premiums for family healthcare (It changed later in 2015 and now employees have to pay for their spouses)

    Cons

    The most politically charged company I ever worked for in my life. If you don't know how to navigate inter office politics and make friends on the top, you are doomed. The company is bloated and hired way too many people in the last 5 years

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of many old timers who no longer bring any value. Many of them are waiting and praying to get a severance package so they can leave the company and do something else. Most of these people are very unhappy in their positions, technically incompetent and no longer fit to manage groups of people.


  2. Qualcomm Marketing Internship

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Qualcomm as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The work environment was fairly autonomous. I would be assigned projects with open ended deadlines. The resources were great, and the development track for interns was top notch.

    Cons

    Never knew if my work was actually being used anywhere. Kinda stuffy for a tech company. Not the best communication between departments, leading to redundancies.

    Advice to Management

    The executive team should guttier hands a little more dirty with the rest of the company. They do a pretty good job, but Qualcomm, especially San Diego isa pretty casual setting. I think the executive team could get little more involved.


  3. Quality company, but feels like its declining

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work, accessible management, excellent compensation including bonuses, ESPP, RSUs, etc, excellent benefits (but decreasing), perks like free soda, coffee, etc (but decreasing)

    Cons

    Essentially, the company is in a period of cost-cutting, and the way they are doing it is very different from how things used to be. When I was first hired around 2008, the company was also going through tough times. In the economy at the time, nobody really knew what was happening. To hedge against things possibly getting worse, the company held off on giving bonuses for one review period. They had a meeting and explained the situation to the employees, and as a show of solidarity, the executive team all took a 25% pay cut. We respected this. Once things were more stable, not only did they bring back bonuses but they made the next one bigger than normal to make up for not giving one during the previous cycle. The way the cuts are happening this time is very different. Basically, I would describe it as being penny wise and pound foolish. There is now an approval process to get an AA battery for a pager, a new laptop now requires VP approval, and sodas are being removed from conference rooms. They are cutting in ineffective, but visible ways, which is the worst way to go. Additionally, health benefits are set to decrease as of the first of the year. They will still be good, but not great as they once were.

    Advice to Management

    Be very careful. You may not be aware of it, but most of us with good social media profiles are being regularly contacted by the Googles, Facebooks, and Apples of the world. If you keep being unwise with your cuts, you will experience your top performers leaving on mass.


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  5. Software Integration Engineer

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    Former Employee - Software Integration Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software Integration Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very progressive company. Doesn't skimp on equipment or acitvities.

    Cons

    None, other than I was laid off

    Advice to Management

    Please rebuild Qualcomm after the restructure


  6. Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Lots of opportunity to learn new skills if you are not too busy with your workload.

    Cons

    Layoffs are happening. Once they are over I'm sure the company will move back to a positive work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Careful who you layoff.


  7. QCT has not future if Apple doesn't stay to be customer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Generally, employees are treated with respect. The benefit package is excellent. Qualcomm's engineering organization is very good.

    Cons

    Qualcomm's business outlook doesn't look good. What if Apple diversifies to Intel? What if Apple starts making its own baseband chips? It is hard to understand what Qualcomm looks like 3 years from now.

    Advice to Management

    You have highly skilled engineers...I think it makes sense to take care of employees and give everyone space to innovate. The key for Qualcomm's business rests on its employees, not the investors.


  8. Support Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Support Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm (More than a year)

    Pros

    i like to work here

    Cons

    there is no carrier growth


  9. Great Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Qualcomm is a well-run company. It gives its employees flexibility to explore new ideas while providing a general framework in which to get things done. Management is clear about communicating objectives and expectations.

    Cons

    The current business environment is not as great for cell phone chips as expected, and the company is suffering some pain because of this, but Qualcomm is well-positioned for when market corrections are done.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in future technologies. Continue to provide an environment where great employees can do great things. Do everything you can to retain the best employees.


  10. Feedback from a long term employee

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A employee oriented company. As a market leader and pioneering company employees get opportunities to work on state of the art technology and tools. Apart from periods of intense work phase most of the time it provides good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Salary and other financial benefits is not very good compared to other comparable companies. It is unclear as to where the company is heading towards and the work spirit is increasingly going down.

    Advice to Management

    Improve employee moral with a more robust product diversity and growth plan. Human resource is the best asset for a technology company. Keeping this in mind ensure good employees are rewarded and cared for.


  11. Public Relations Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Public Relations Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - Public Relations Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm as a contractor

    Pros

    Qualcomm provides a superb benefits package - low-cost healthcare, on site health clinic, a number of employee health initiatives delivered on site. They also have a generous stock purchase plan and bonus structure.

    Cons

    You work a lot of hours. You can leave the office at 5 p.m. but mid-level and senior leaders are online and on email thorugh out the evening. Since it's a global company "off-hours" calls are also required from time to time. The organization was not incredibly support of working parents. Working from home or flexible schedules and telecommuting was not an option, even when an employee needed it to care for sick kids, etc.

    Advice to Management

    More flexible and telecommuting options when employees needed it. More parent and mom-friendly policies (I don't even think they had a Mother's room).



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