Qualcomm Reviews

Updated April 24, 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 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

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    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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Staff Software Engineer

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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

    Good pay, good benefits, and generally interesting projects. Very smart people. Generally reasonable work expectations and good work life balance.

    Cons

    Very conservative in adopting new technologies. Very much product driven. Even in research divisions what we're able to research is limited by what we think can eventually be productized. And WAY too many lawyers. So much legal friction. I've actually had lawyers tell me how I should redesign my software so that they would have less work to do.

    Advice to Management

    Well and truly fork your new products from the IP moneytrain/nightmare. While all of our patents are making you rich, they make forward progress on new projects very difficult.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Test Engineer

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - Nice colleagues and great working environment
    - Great opportunity to learn as first job after graduate

    Cons

    - Decent salary and reward
    - Business outlook a little fuzzy now

  10. Senior Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Challenging work atmosphere with lot of interesting areas to work (provided) you like doing challenging work

    Cons

    Sometimes work-life balance can get annoying. It might be work always and less life.

  11. Staff engineer

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

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

    Pros

    matrix system , campus is nice. Benefit

    Cons

    too many Indians. Mgmt too thick. Bad immigrants culture.

    Advice to Management

    cut the meetings. Work please

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