Qualcomm Reviews

Updated July 28, 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 (18)

    Senior engineer

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    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1. Great people (my team and teams that I work with). 2. Good salary and benefit (until 2014). 3. Beautiful city, perfect weather (San Diego)

    Cons

    1. Always busy, pressure and stress sometimes 2. Expensive life at San Diego 3. Very fast pace environment (almost no time to learn) 4. Layoff, bonus and salary reductions since 2014 5. Dealing with demanding customers 6. Crazy work hours (10am-7pm)

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the pressure, and increase the benefits, otherwise you will loose your smart engineers. They are your assets, so stay competitive and keep them happy.


  2. Full Time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

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

    Pros

    Very smart people and cutting edge technology

    Cons

    Very large organization, not very nimble.

    Advice to Management

    Push down decision making


  3. Helpful (2)

    Used to be great

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

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

    Pros

    the leadership under Paul Jacobs was great. today's leadership, I am not so sure. they seem to be spinning their wheels and getting beat by everyone. great technology leadership. w

    Cons

    long work hours.

    Advice to Management

    start worrying about the Chinese competition instead of personal wealth. very top heavy, many vp's and directors who manage themselves and their admin.


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  5. Great company to work for!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Work environment and atmosphere is great! The work-life balance is very flexible. The benefits are one of the best in the tech industry.

    Cons

    Just like any big type of company you might get lost in the shuffle of things unless your work is very transparent to the higher management.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is to have them hire the right type of people to be managers instead of having engineers as managers by default.


  6. Helpful (1)

    A good place to work, but tough

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits (for now); generally friendly people that are easy to work with; can work on cutting-edge technology and for an industry leader; high retention rate, few people leave because this is considered the pinnacle of many fields; an environment that can have a grad-school feel at times (to a point, see: upcoming layoffs);

    Cons

    Crunch-time is the default state, expect to work evenings and weekends often, which will get worse with the hiring freeze; benefits and stock grants to be cut; rising is slow due to people entrenched in the top positions

    Advice to Management

    Use the upcoming cost reduction to clean house at the top; if you really care about costs, then put away the politics and personalities and find out who's actually performing for the bottom line


  7. Product Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Product Manager
    Current Employee - Staff Product Manager

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work, Fantastic to work in San Diego

    Cons

    mid to large size company; business challenges like any other large sized company


  8. owner

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Owner in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Owner in San Diego, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I own it so it's awesome. I can do whatever I want to, whenever I want to. Is that twenty words?

    Cons

    I have to do everything, including computers, sales, tech, dentistry staffing, and any other thing that is necessary.

    Advice to Management

    no advice to management because I am the boss. The very very boss. Keep me in charge and I can do it.


  9. Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Working with good colleagues and teams.

    Cons

    Quite dynamic with unexpected issues.


  10. competitive and challenging

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working on cutting edge technologies

    Cons

    too aggressive deadlines most of the times


  11. Helpful (1)

    Overall Good

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You have a nice work-life balance, plus the San Diego sun and beaches are a bonus. You can usually control your own work and still find time for meditative walking/swimming/biking when the pressure gets high.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't clearly communicate their plans to everyone else, which is understandable for leaks and whatnot, but it's also detrimental in keeping morale. I think they're tight-lipped not because they have things to hide, but rather because they themselves don't know what they're doing. Reacting to a market versus creating a market is not good.

    Advice to Management

    Commit to an idea and execute it, instead of flip flopping between multiple variations.



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