Qualcomm Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
1,709 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance, Cutting edge work (if you're lucky enough to be assigned to it) (in 123 reviews)

  • Exposure of cutting edge technology, Fast paced environment (in 109 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 85 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall, I love it here

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

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

    Pros

    Qualcomm in general has a strong culture and genuinely seems to care about its employees. They provide a lot of opportunities for development, and good compensation, especially for strong performers.

    Cons

    Perhaps this is typical of large companies, but they need to look at trimming the fat in mid management levels. There are too many people with minimal contributions who have their position merely because of seniority and playing political games. On the positive side, it seems like efforts are being made in this area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trim the fat, and make sure to take care of your best people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent Place to work, Great Benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Boulder, CO

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

    Pros

    Qualcomm is one the best companies to work for. The salary is above national average and Qualcomm is one of the high paying companies. The benefits are really awesome, you get full health care coverage with very little copay.

    If you are ambitious and hard working, Qualcomm is really good company to start your career and move forward.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work gets hectic. Salary although high and Qualcomm is among best paying companies, it still not as high as compared to other giants like Google or Microsoft. Hence Qualcomm may have issues in retaining talent.

    Bonuses and stocks are given to employees but again they could be much higher.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If Qualcomm wants to.retain their top talent they should really start paying their top performing engineer higher salary so they are not tempted by offers from other companies and also give much higher bonuses and stock grants.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Staff Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Edge of Technology
    Leader in the field
    Great Atmosphere

    Cons

    Long Hours and Work Pressure
    Shrinking deadline

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please increase the resource due to the shrink timeline and deadline

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fulfilling

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer/Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer/Manager

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

    Pros

    Ability to work on cutting edge research and create a huge impact

    Cons

    Working on product department can be challenging due to long working hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay competitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Amazing company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I worked for Qualcomm for 4 years, since the startup that I worked for was bought out.
    I love the direction the company is moving in and the vision of the executive management team.
    The review process is transparent and provides opportunities for growth.
    Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    I honestly can't think of any. All around a great company to work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company at the heart of the mobile device revolution!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    - Company products are in devices that everyone uses
    - Company delivers very complex solutions for very demanding customers
    - Very good chance for traveling on the job

    Cons

    - Has grown into a very large company, so your mileage will vary
    - Large corporate feel, politics can be a factor, less than ideal collaboration between teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more forthright in discussing the business in terms of ongoing challenges and competitors. Be more willing to take risks in growing the business with new product categories

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Exciting high tech company with attractive benefits

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

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

    Pros

    You will have fulfilling experience of playing your part in enabling the leading mass market mobile technologies, and good learnings

    Cons

    Often you can be bypassed easily and recognition for your contributions is not so straight forward. Moving to next level can be hard as company gets saturated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle level management needs more open-minded and performance based.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    good place to work

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

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

    Pros

    competitive place
    latest technology
    nice city
    good techies
    good learning

    Cons

    slow growth
    politics
    bad work life balance
    neutral compensation
    less diversified products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need better managing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    great benefits & great salaries.

    Cons

    need to work till late nights and over the weekends

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    great work environment, enriching and satisfying experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CPU Design Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - CPU Design Engineer in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great pay, great team, great challenges, lots to learn

    Cons

    occasionally schedule gets hectic and have to burn the midnight oil

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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