Qualcomm Reviews

Updated September 3, 2015
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Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf
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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 (10)

    It was good while it lasted

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. EIP Program Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive salary, unbelievably nice housing, travel paid for, constant intern events, and amazing campus in one of the best cities in the world (San Diego, CA). I absolutely loved my experience working as an intern in the Early Identification Program at Qualcomm. My team was amazing, my product was shipped almost immediately after completion, and I met some of my current best friends while there.

    Cons

    Personally, I'm not the biggest fan of big and highly hierarchical companies so I don't know if I would work at Qualcomm full-time simply for that reason.

    Advice to Management

    Management team was great, I don't have any complaints.


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  5. Great Company, Bad Times

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    Great company with great products and outstanding benefits.

    Cons

    Has grown too fast in the past 5-10 years.

    Advice to Management

    Too late for that...


  6. review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    it is a good place to work

    Cons

    No cons to add for this company


  7. Hardware engineer

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent Work. Great work culture. Amazing opportunity in learning

    Cons

    Slow growth. Too big a team

    Advice to Management

    Dont hire too many people and hiring process must improve


  8. Senior Software Test Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Medical Insurance, Senior management is approachable, Excellent training resources, Excellent office facilities GYM, Pool , yoga etc etc.

    Cons

    Work Culture and middle management.


  9. Software

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good environment and good life and work balance.

    Cons

    Start getting bureaucratic culture on developement process.


  10. MST

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    most competent teams and challenging work.

    Cons

    unorganized org structure, redundancies with in core teams. multiple smaller teams for miscellaneous works.


  11. Great Company To Work For

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very Well Appreciated, you get recognized for your work.

    Cons

    Have to work on multiple projects which makes it tricky for work life balance



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