Qualcomm Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
1,640 Reviews
3.9
1,640 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance, stable company, great sense of contribution to the world (in 103 reviews)

  • Good chance to work on latest and cutting edge technology (in 100 reviews)


Cons
  • Management does not seem to care about the work life balance of its employees (in 93 reviews)

  • I worked extremely long hours without receiving even a 'thank you' in most cases (in 74 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 for 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
  2.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time for more than a 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.

  3.  

    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 for more than a 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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  5.  

    Empowering

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 for more than a 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
  6.  

    Wish I can stay longer...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Great Benefits; Friendly co-workers, interesting projects.

    Cons

    They make you work long hours especially busy season.

  7.  

    Great Culture, Great City, Decent Work

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

    I worked at Qualcomm as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Come in when you want, expectations aren't too high.

    Cons

    Becoming a very large bureaucratic company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Solid Company. Good Environment

    Current Employee - Interim Engineering Intern  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Interim Engineering Intern in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great growth opportunity and work environment. The company sponsors many internal learning and training sessions to learn both internal infrastructures and useful skills that can be used outside the company.

    Cons

    Feels like a big company. Hard to move up or around and big company bureaucracy is widely prevalent. Time commitment is extremely large as well. Most employees work long hours after going home.

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Intern Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Digital Hardware Intern
    Current Employee - Digital Hardware Intern

    I have been working at Qualcomm as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Open culture. Great compensation for interns.

    Cons

    Some people are racist, not comfortable to work with them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of those racists.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Qualcomm Response

    Aug 27, 2014Manager Staffing

    Hello. I am sorry to hear you had this experience. If you would like to provide additional feedback or would like to discuss, please don't hesitate to contact me (Matt Hill) using my contact details ... More

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome Experience at Qualcomm. Lots of learning opportunities.

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

    I worked at Qualcomm as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    best work culture
    no dress code
    flexible timings
    good lunch meals
    beautiful campus . lots of buildings

    Cons

    long hours
    very tight schedule
    labs have machines which are noisy sometimes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Summer 2014 Intern Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Interim Engineering  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Interim Engineering in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The best part of Qualcomm intern has to be housing. The housing is superb. The work environment is also lively and great. I learned a lot in during my intern days

    Cons

    There are very few cons I feel. I didnt feel I am in an organization which does not relate to my work. The compensation is at par with what other big companies pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I feel, on the perks front, they could be more but nevertheless they were good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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