Qualcomm Reviews in California

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
1,694 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance, Cutting edge work (if you're lucky enough to be assigned to it) (in 121 reviews)

  • Exposure of cutting edge technology, Fast paced environment (in 109 reviews)


Cons
  • Management does not seem to care about the work life balance of its employees (in 110 reviews)

  • I worked extremely long hours without receiving even a 'thank you' in most cases (in 83 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great challenges to address, great peers to work with, endless search for innovation in the wireless space

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    Former Employee - Vice President Corporate Affairs in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President Corporate Affairs in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    People's spirit and dedication. Fair remuneration and benefits package.

    Cons

    Conservative management style. No work - life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain the best. Stop going for easy solutions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Glass ceiling for women

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    Smart co-workers; Good work environment; Great learning opportunities. CEO seems to have a clearer path forward. Solid world class IP. Great roadmap. Good C-suite team.

    Cons

    Promotions are given for time in the seat. When you are up for promotion, the first thing they want to know is "how long have they been in the position?". So much for merit. This kills motivation and promotes cruising for a few years.

    Women seem to get stuck in middle management. I think the old sayig that "people hire those that are like themselves" is in play for the executives. This is also true of the various cultures hired. Each group seems to hire their own culture and even speak in their native language in San Diego. If you go to the cafeteria, it is like the Wild Animal Park where the same "types" of people congregate together, just like at the park where similar type animals congregate together. Nothing wrong with that except that mentality seems to translate to hiring.

    If you are from Southern California, you will feel you are in Asia at this company, except for the old timers.

    I have no clue what my management's goals are all the way up the chain, CEO excluded. This seriously limits my ability to help them achieve their goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    ASIC/FPGA design engineer with big modem design experience

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    Current Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Good salaray. Job sometimes chalanging (interesting).

    Cons

    Sometimes a lot of stress for no reasom (bad management)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has to get better technical skills

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Awesome company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hardware Applications Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Hardware Applications Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Get to explore a lot of things. Best health insurance. Lot of intangible perks and benefits. Working as a HW applications engineer in the Customer Engineering group, there is a good balance between work and life.

    Cons

    Lot of work to do. You will never have no work to do. I thoroughly enjoy the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Qualcomm is a company dedicated to work/life balance

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    Current Employee - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The facilities are great, the teams want to innovate, and the company has a family like culture

    Cons

    the traffic is a nightmare

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Wonderful place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Government Affairs Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Government Affairs Intern in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Qualcomm's Wireless Reach division is utilizing their cutting-edge technology in a variety of ways to improve the lives of the global population. The work was both rewarding and interesting. Great group of people to work with. Incredible benefits.

    Cons

    Sometimes culture seemed a little bit static, likely due to Qualcomm's long existence.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    High caliber people, especially in the research center.

    Cons

    Communication between groups is limited. pay is not great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase transparency in which research projects are selected to mature to product level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Empowering

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Get to learn a lot from intelligent people at work
    Fun working atmosphere.
    Diverse Crowd
    Great location

    Cons

    Lot of competition
    Not much growth in few departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A great place to start your career, but keep your eyes open for other opportunities

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Casual culture and flexible working hours.
    - Some very smart colleagues.
    - Leader in wireless chipset business.
    - You will learn a lot about the product and how to tackle some complex challenges.

    Cons

    - Experience depends A LOT on what group you are in and how well the work is aligned with your interests. It is very easy to become pigeonholed into working solely on an obscure feature (such as some module of a particular chipset that does X).
    - Effort over results: promotion is largely based on how long you have been at Qualcomm, not necessarily your effectiveness as an engineer. There is also the pressure to show that you have been working hard by sending useless e-mail updates at late hours.
    - Very process-oriented: on an e-mail thread with a technical issue, a common tactic is to incrementally CC higher-ranked engineers/managers to passive-aggressively attempt to expedite progress. What starts as an e-mail exchange about an issue reported by a customer rapidly turns into a 50 e-mail long thread with at least 2 VP-level engineers, 5 senior staff, 10 senior engineers, etc. Too many meetings.
    - Large duplication of effort; there are a lot of similar projects between different divisions, such as QCT and Corporate R&D.
    - Relatively low salary; HR needs offer more compelling reasons to stay at Qualcomm other than the San Diego beach lifestyle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage more effective means of solving technical problems other than assigning more manpower to the problem at hand. Hire competent engineers, not obedient engineers.

  11.  

    Very friendly work environment, intelligent coworkers and great compensation.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly management, great internal programs to promote ideas, and good work-life balance,

    Cons

    Less visibility, takes too long to get promoted or attain visibility.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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