Qualcomm Reviews

Updated April 30, 2015
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance if you're on the high-level software teams (in 131 reviews)

  • Exposure of cutting edge technology, Fast paced environment (in 114 reviews)

Cons
  • Management does not seem to care about the work life balance of its employees (in 114 reviews)

  • I worked extremely long hours without receiving even a 'thank you' in most cases (in 90 reviews)

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  1. awesome

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Qualcomm

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

    Pros

    Good culture with career growth opportunity and lots of upside. My stick options were good. I was happy there and miss the culture. Good opportunity

    Cons

    Long hours and I didn't get to spend much time enjoying San diego. it was hard to pull the all night work events even with the food and coworkers along

  2. Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Smart, Knowledgeable people all around, always ready to help you out. Fast Paced work environment. Lots of resources to gain knowledge.

    Cons

    Not much of a work-life balance for most of the teams. Very tight deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Need to balance work pressure (Hire more people)

  3. A classic American high-tech giant with lots of opportunities for recent grad and early professionals

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Qualcomm's technology portfolio is expansive and relevant to today's technology landscape, if you enter at Engineer/Senior Engineer Level, it is a great place to be: you get a well-rounded and solid working knowledge on QC's bread-winner technologies - such as SoC development, product development, and of course modems/wireless technology.

    Cons

    Increasing competitions from bit and small players a like. The exponential growth of the first 3 decades is likely to flatten and more linear, tracking industry trend going forward.

    Advice to Management

    Play the spec war, QC needs to always lead in spec, regardless of what OS partners can get out the specs.

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  5. Fun company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting, creative work. Lot of independence in executing tasks. Good healthcare benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of other benefits such as subsidized day care, lunches, etc.

  6. Great company for engineers

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, smart people, great work environment. Company takes care of its employees. San Diego campus is a wonderful place to work.

    Cons

    Leadership lacking vision - like to try anything they can think of and see what sticks. Lots of unneccessary work.

  7. Manager

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer/Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer/Manager in San Diego, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Health care was amazing and provided me with all the benefits to take care of my family. That's about it!

    Cons

    Too many hours that caused me stress. However, I spoke up and I was able to reduce some of my hours, with the same pay.

    Advice to Management

    First off, become an intern to acquire knowledge in your field. Then establish connections within the Company. It's overall a great company.

  8. Sr Staff Eng / Mgr

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer/Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer/Manager in San Diego, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Exciting company to work for, fast paced, lots of new technology applications and challenges. Very flexable work hours.

    Cons

    The intensity of the work sometimes requires a lot of overtime work. It becomes overwhelming if you don't learn to say no to some of the schedules and renegotiate a project deliverable or schedule.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to team members needs and concerns, get their input on projects before they get locked into a set schedule.

  9. Sr Engr

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Good salary package
    leading the technology

    Cons

    limited growth in the title

    Advice to Management

    reduce the management size

  10. Staff Software Engineer

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

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

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

    Pros

    - Good benefit package
    - Job security and balanced life and work
    - San Diego City
    - Lot of opportunity to work in different field of technology within the company.

    Cons

    - Pace can be slow compare to start up companies
    - There are politics here and there
    - More people talking than doing, since there seem to be more managers than engineers most of the time on each project.

  11. senior engineer

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    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 5 years)

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

    Pros

    great job stability. well known company. leader in the industry. coworkers are all hard working and extremely talented and dedicated. great location

    Cons

    working hours are long. expectations are high. pay is not the best. promotion is usually slow. some departments have much less work load than others.

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