Qualcomm Reviews

Updated August 31, 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 (8)

    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. Helpful (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.


  3. Was great... But now?

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Firmware Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Firmware Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging work environment, free soda, nice campus, the new buildings are comfy, plus if you are lucky, you get your own room

    Cons

    May need to put in more than 12 hours a day, live in the constant fear of lay-offs , weak CEO who will snap down at the first sign of market fatigue, weak stocks, no more unlimited sick days, health insurance has been reduced...

    Advice to Management

    Good talent will leave, if remedial measures are not taken. Or.. Is it too late yet? Why Wait!!!


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  5. Qualcomm - MA

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Andover, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Andover, MA

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

    Pros

    good culture very good health insurance work - life balance

    Cons

    fast pace working style low career development opportunity

    Advice to Management

    Organization grows too aggressively low direction focused


  6. Hardware Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good working environment, interesting projects

    Cons

    Cutting benefit recently, very challenging schedule


  7. Great company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, good pay, good working environment.

    Cons

    As with any company in this industry, there is tremendous pressure and stress to stay ahead of the competition.


  8. Staff Performance Engineer

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    Former Employee - Staff Performance Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Performance Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good technology, good benefit, good people. It is a good company with a clear vision of future. The overall working environment is good.

    Cons

    The company is too big. When there is a layout, they don't care about the individual's job performance but rather just go by head count or percentage of the work force. So, sometimes it is not fair.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. Interim Engineering Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to have the internship. The mentor was so great!

    Cons

    No cons in my point of view.


  10. Great Company, Great People

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    I loved working for Qualcomm. Co-workers within my department were wonderful to work with, and employees were generally happy because of the positive work environment. The company offers perks like its own gyms, a cafeteria, and shuttle service between company buildings. Also, the company often has random events going on for employees. Would highly recommend as an employer.

    Cons

    Inter-office politics, but that's every job at any company.


  11. Program manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very good and new technology. Very talent led peers to work with

    Cons

    Uncertain future with rapid change in the project direction. Too many politics floating!



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