Qualcomm Reviews

Updated July 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 (18)

    Senior engineer

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1. Great people (my team and teams that I work with). 2. Good salary and benefit (until 2014). 3. Beautiful city, perfect weather (San Diego)

    Cons

    1. Always busy, pressure and stress sometimes 2. Expensive life at San Diego 3. Very fast pace environment (almost no time to learn) 4. Layoff, bonus and salary reductions since 2014 5. Dealing with demanding customers 6. Crazy work hours (10am-7pm)

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the pressure, and increase the benefits, otherwise you will loose your smart engineers. They are your assets, so stay competitive and keep them happy.


  2. Helpful (1)

    A good place to work, but tough

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits (for now); generally friendly people that are easy to work with; can work on cutting-edge technology and for an industry leader; high retention rate, few people leave because this is considered the pinnacle of many fields; an environment that can have a grad-school feel at times (to a point, see: upcoming layoffs);

    Cons

    Crunch-time is the default state, expect to work evenings and weekends often, which will get worse with the hiring freeze; benefits and stock grants to be cut; rising is slow due to people entrenched in the top positions

    Advice to Management

    Use the upcoming cost reduction to clean house at the top; if you really care about costs, then put away the politics and personalities and find out who's actually performing for the bottom line


  3. owner

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Owner in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Owner in San Diego, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I own it so it's awesome. I can do whatever I want to, whenever I want to. Is that twenty words?

    Cons

    I have to do everything, including computers, sales, tech, dentistry staffing, and any other thing that is necessary.

    Advice to Management

    no advice to management because I am the boss. The very very boss. Keep me in charge and I can do it.


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  5. competitive and challenging

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working on cutting edge technologies

    Cons

    too aggressive deadlines most of the times


  6. Helpful (1)

    Overall Good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You have a nice work-life balance, plus the San Diego sun and beaches are a bonus. You can usually control your own work and still find time for meditative walking/swimming/biking when the pressure gets high.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't clearly communicate their plans to everyone else, which is understandable for leaks and whatnot, but it's also detrimental in keeping morale. I think they're tight-lipped not because they have things to hide, but rather because they themselves don't know what they're doing. Reacting to a market versus creating a market is not good.

    Advice to Management

    Commit to an idea and execute it, instead of flip flopping between multiple variations.


  7. Great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart Colleagues and great chance to work on some of the most advanced communication technologies. Health Insurance benefits are great. Salaries are average to the bay area.

    Cons

    There is some inertia as in all big companies. Some processes are a time-burden. Work can get a little monotonous as you work on the same topic for multiple chips. The retention rate is quite high, so it is getting a little top-heavy. Promotions past the senior-staff level become hard.


  8. excellent place to work and experience technology grow

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Salary, bonus, colleagues, work quality, exposure, fast pace

    Cons

    Top heavy, too many PEs

    Advice to Management

    Fire your PEs. Get back to basics


  9. Senior Engineering

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Rancho San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Rancho San Diego, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great and dynamic environment full of talented workforce

    Cons

    Compensation is good not great though

    Advice to Management

    Should utilize their talents more efficiently


  10. Helpful (1)

    xxx

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director Engineering in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting projects. Dynamic work environment. Pretty decent opportunities for career growth.

    Cons

    Too many meetings. A bit too much politics. Business outlook could be better.


  11. great

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Shipping in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Shipping in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    very friendly environment, fun activities often

    Cons

    the traffic in the area is horrible. and hard to find parking



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