Qualcomm Reviews

Updated April 17, 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 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

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  5. 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.

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    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

  7. 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.

  8. Helpful (3)

    Smart people, good values, but too much hierarchy and a LOT of work

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

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

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

    Pros

    Lot of smart people willing to collaborate. Projects move at fast pace. Decisions are usually fast unless it is across divisions. Top Management is strategic, open, and no (known) scandals. Many top people are also easy to approach to. Lots of perks and some fun activities (if you have time to participate)

    Cons

    Lot of hierarchy - too many directors/sr. directors etc. Earlier it was engineer heavy company, now it is is heavy management. This limits internal growth tremendously. Also unless some top management likes you, there is little scope for advancement. Work/life balance is only on the paper - some projects have insane work schedules and email floods your inbox and you are expected to respond "ASAP".

    Advice to Management

    Need more trust on employees and active plan for work/life balance.

  9. Power Plant Operator 2

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    Current Employee - Power Plant Operator II in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Power Plant Operator II in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Work load and Family time balance

    Cons

    Shift hours are on an almost individual basis and takes time to get use to.

  10. Qualcomm

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

    I worked at Qualcomm

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

    Pros

    Good hours. Skilled design team.

    Cons

    No overtime for consultants. No other complaints.

  11. Great Company to Work For

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Great company to work for, market leading technology, great employee benefits, compensation, vacation, sick pay, 401K plan, & work environment.

    Cons

    Small fish in an ocean

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