Qualcomm Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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  1. Good stable company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm

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

    Pros

    Good compensation
    Top-notch patent program and compensation
    Good benefits
    Good PTO and sick leave policy

    Cons

    Review process is complex and rewards only employees with outspoken managers
    Too much emphasis on what have you done for me lately
    Promotions take too long
    Poor employees are hardly penalized

  2. Helpful (1)

    Test Engineer

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - Nice colleagues and great working environment
    - Great opportunity to learn as first job after graduate

    Cons

    - Decent salary and reward
    - Business outlook a little fuzzy now

  3. Senior Engineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Challenging work atmosphere with lot of interesting areas to work (provided) you like doing challenging work

    Cons

    Sometimes work-life balance can get annoying. It might be work always and less life.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Smart people, good values, but too much hierarchy and a LOT of work

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

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

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

    Pros

    Lot of smart people willing to collaborate. Projects move at fast pace. Decisions are usually fast unless it is across divisions. Top Management is strategic, open, and no (known) scandals. Many top people are also easy to approach to. Lots of perks and some fun activities (if you have time to participate)

    Cons

    Lot of hierarchy - too many directors/sr. directors etc. Earlier it was engineer heavy company, now it is is heavy management. This limits internal growth tremendously. Also unless some top management likes you, there is little scope for advancement. Work/life balance is only on the paper - some projects have insane work schedules and email floods your inbox and you are expected to respond "ASAP".

    Advice to Management

    Need more trust on employees and active plan for work/life balance.

  6. Power Plant Operator 2

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Power Plant Operator II in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Power Plant Operator II in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Work load and Family time balance

    Cons

    Shift hours are on an almost individual basis and takes time to get use to.

  7. Qualcomm

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

    I worked at Qualcomm

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

    Pros

    Good hours. Skilled design team.

    Cons

    No overtime for consultants. No other complaints.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Work in the day. Work in the night

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

    I worked at Qualcomm (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Health Insurance, 401K match are top class.

    Cons

    If you enjoy working 24/7. Checking email at 11pm and starting your day with an 8am meeting, this is the place for you. More hours you put in, more success you will achieve. No mercy attitude towards a family person wanting a few stress-free days with family.

    Advice to Management

    Try to make employees happy, they company will do better

  9. Good company

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of technical support. Give you time to learn what you need to learn. People are helpfull

    Cons

    Some politics as it is a large company. could not get a mac as a mobile developer which stunted learning iOS

  10. Really good company

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - provides accommodation, like cozy apartment, nice salary

    Cons

    - recently no too many position

  11. Helpful (1)

    I am an engineer.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Qualcomm provides good benefits and employee training.

    Cons

    Work at Qualcomm can be tedious and the culture is generally bureaucratic.

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