Qualcomm Reviews

Updated April 26, 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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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  5. Sr Engr

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

  6. Senior Staff Programmer Analyst

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Programmer Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Programmer Analyst in San Diego, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people and benefits! Very interesting projects and challenges, and were always working on current or cutting edge technologies, both hardware and software.

    Cons

    Too many managers that manage upward instead of addressing impediments that team members may have.

    Advice to Management

    We need to be less top-heavy management wise, and start hiring talent that can execute.

  7. Senior IT Engineer

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

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

    Pros

    Great benefits! The work is interesting and fast paced. The company places a high value on employees.

    Cons

    Very competitive, low raises, bonuses, and promotions.

  8. A very good company to work for

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Gives awesome work/life balance
    Good compensation, benefits etc

    Cons

    Culture is not reflected in every team
    Be more active, encourage employees to learn and do some research

    Advice to Management

    Make more use of qualified employees and do not waste resources you have

  9. Helpful (1)

    Good stable company

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm

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

    Pros

    Good compensation
    Top-notch patent program and compensation
    Good benefits
    Good PTO and sick leave policy

    Cons

    Review process is complex and rewards only employees with outspoken managers
    Too much emphasis on what have you done for me lately
    Promotions take too long
    Poor employees are hardly penalized

  10. Great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing technologies and R&D, great fianancials

    Cons

    No clue about marketing. Sometimes too tactical.

  11. Senior Director of Engineering

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

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

    Pros

    Top Engineering talent works there, very good benefits, flexible work-life balance, good benefits

    Cons

    Large company culture now prevalent, more bureaucracy, market pressures on the company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on attracting and retaining top engineering talent now that there is more competition in the market.

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