Qualcomm Reviews

Updated August 3, 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 (2)

    VP Marketing

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Bright people, leading edge technology, great culture (atleast until last year)

    Cons

    lot of dead weight, management biases, rest and vest culture, HR policies not applied uniformly across groups and departments.

    Advice to Management

    come back to reality, need some new blood and fresh ideas at mid/sr management level. repeating same things again wont yield different results.


  2. Helpful (18)

    Senior engineer

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    • Culture & Values
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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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Qualcomm Long term prospects

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Still leader in several technologies. Excellent customer based in Asia Expanding in to adjacent markets Strong technical pool Excellent execution process

    Cons

    Going through temporary hick ups on road map Lack of Strategic thinking and direction for the company Too much external pressure points

    Advice to Management

    Take bold steps And maintain Transparency Give opportunity to middle level management to innovate


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great company with some hiccups - can be get back on track

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

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

    Pros

    HQ in San Diego. Great benefits (Base salary 401K, ESPP, RSU, Bonus, Health ins. etc..). Many talented people. Lots of opportunities for personal growth inside the company.

    Cons

    Not a lot of free perks (e.g. food). Some hiccups since it lots few important accounts. Too many redundancy that can be easily eliminated.

    Advice to Management

    Cut down on the non-engineers redundancy part but keep the engineers.


  6. Helpful (3)

    A good place to work, but tough

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

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits (for now); generally friendly people that are easy to work with; can work on cutting-edge technology and for an industry leader; high retention rate, few people leave because this is considered the pinnacle of many fields; an environment that can have a grad-school feel at times (to a point, see: upcoming layoffs);

    Cons

    Crunch-time is the default state, expect to work evenings and weekends often, which will get worse with the hiring freeze; benefits and stock grants to be cut; rising is slow due to people entrenched in the top positions

    Advice to Management

    Use the upcoming cost reduction to clean house at the top; if you really care about costs, then put away the politics and personalities and find out who's actually performing for the bottom line


  7. great company

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    new technology, great employee benefit

    Cons

    too many managers, directors, sometime got confuse on how to response them

    Advice to Management

    has to lean management team, to hire more experience engineer not only those one with PhD degree, good combination of R&D with production might be good for the company


  8. Senior Engineer

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

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

    Pros

    Get to work on a lot of different projects using different technologies

    Cons

    None that I've encounteredso far


  9. Helpful (3)

    Was good, slowly deteriorating, could be good again

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Bridgewater, NJ

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay, including bonuses and stock, good benefits, employee friendly policies, flexible hours, recognizes successes, encourage training. Excellent tool availability, and will purchase more when needed.

    Cons

    Long hours, unrealistic schedules, projects often understaffed. Attempts to leverage existing designs where it may not be the best approach. Top heavy management, leaving little room to advance. Repetitive assignments limit opportunities for personal growth.

    Advice to Management

    Trust input from line level management regarding timelines and resources when planning and sizing projects. Allow some downtime between for people to get training. Focus more on employee growth and shuffle folks to diversify their skills, employees will be happier, more focused and efficient.


  10. Good company in a challenging environment

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

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

    Pros

    Top technology, fast paced product introductions and ramps. Awesome global supply chain management enables Qualcomm to be globally competitive.

    Cons

    Qualcomm moves very quickly and much of the decision making process is very opaque. If you can operate in an opaque environment and understand the many dimensions of complex decisions you will do well. If you are frustrated by the human factors of complex decision making you will be frustrated.

    Advice to Management

    Fully commit to new ideas and products (like servers) with clear top-down guidance and clear go/no-go gates for each project. It's fine if the gates include market and competitive evaluation, but make the gates and schedules clear to those involved to align expectations with the engineering teams.


  11. Project analyst

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

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

    Pros

    Very competitive benefits, stock options, 401K.

    Cons

    Slow promotion and pay not very competitive.



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