Qualcomm Reviews

Updated July 4, 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)

    Senior engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. Nice company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Boston, MA

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

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

    Pros

    Sponsor h1b visa, green card. The company took care of these stuff with professionals
    Work on exciting projects

    Cons

    Work overtime and manager keep pushing to the limit

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time sharing bigger picture of the company and help employee build up their career goal in the industry


  3. Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent resources to learn, great benefits, cutting edge technology

    Cons

    Fast changing environment.
    Work work work, deliver deliver deliver.


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  5. Been there, done that.

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very good health benefits and job opportunities for flexibility without leaving Qualcomm.

    Cons

    Company has grown large, fast! and now needs to tailor their management structure like the Jacob's days of old.

    Advice to Management

    Stop messing with a good thing!


  6. Big corporate whose bread and butter isn't software.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    A decent employer, with high benefits.
    Excellent people to work with.
    San Diego :-)
    Many projects, some are very interesting. People can shift between projects.

    Cons

    Not very sexy. The core business is hardware and patents. Mobile apps and such are regarded as a sidekick and never get much attention / funding.
    Lot of corporate management stuff like long meetings. I would expect it in any company of such size.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up looking for new directions and products, and put the money where you want to make a breakthrough


  7. Awesome Experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm

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

    Pros

    1. Smart people, very talented and good insurance
    2. Good salary and benefit.
    3. San Diego..finest city in US

    Cons

    Promotion is hard you have to wait a long time to get promoted


  8. Meh, it's aight.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits and retirement. People are nice and there is a nice work environment. Some cool freebies like soda, coffee and teas. No food though :(

    Cons

    Hasn't been very easy for me to move up. Things can get kind of political. It's a company run by engineers so it can be a little boring and uneventful at times.

    Advice to Management

    I would focus a little more on fostering leadership. Managers seem to focus a little too much on advancing their own status and careers and not the people below them.


  9. Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Qualcomm works on Interesting project

    Cons

    cannot think of any specific cons


  10. Good company to work for

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, work life balance. Different kinds of projects to work on.

    Cons

    no obvious cons in particular.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great benefits, but corporate culture is becoming worse

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    Former Employee - Support Engineer, Senior in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Support Engineer, Senior in San Diego, CA

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits plan - fully employer paid, unless your spouse works for a company that also offers insurance.

    Fairly good work-life balance, at least for hourly employees. Salaried employees seem to be expected to be available 24/7.

    Good pay.

    Cons

    Under the new CEO, there has been a company-wide mandate to make sure that everyone is titled and paid "appropriately". While that may sound relatively innocuous, in reality it seems to have been an excuse to cut costs via layoffs. It also seems to have lead to quite a bit of micromanaging, which is quite a change from how things used to be - employees used to have more freedom to get their jobs done as they saw fit.

    Add in an increasing number of seemingly pointless status meetings, and the job started to feel less about pleasing customers and getting things done than it did about pleasing management and focusing on process over results.

    Reviews are done not so much on an individual basis, but rather on an "enforced curve". All people of title X are measured against each other, and there's only an allowance for a certain percentage of those with title X to receive merit increases, bonuses, or RSUs. Management seems to approach reviews with an eye towards focusing on negatives in an effort to keep bonuses down.

    Advice to Management

    You have talented people - let them use their talents. Don't try to turn everyone into replaceable cogs; allow them the freedom to be individuals, and judge them as such.

    Also, not that Qualcomm is alone in this, but giving smaller and smaller bonuses and raises and adding things like a spousal surcharge for health insurance while the CEO's compensation increases by nearly 100% in a 2-year period sends a message to employees that they're not valued.



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