Qualcomm Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
1599 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
  • Any Status
Employment Status

Reset
These reviews contributed towards 2014's Best Places to Work recognition. See ratings and reviews for all time.
3.7
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf
Steve Mollenkopf
308 Ratings

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)

More Pros and Cons

1,599 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Helpful (10)

    Senior engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  2. Engineer

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

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent resources to learn, great benefits, cutting edge technology

    Cons

    Fast changing environment.
    Work work work, deliver deliver deliver.


  3. Been there, done that.

    • 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 full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very good health benefits and job opportunities for flexibility without leaving Qualcomm.

    Cons

    Company has grown large, fast! and now needs to tailor their management structure like the Jacob's days of old.

    Advice to Management

    Stop messing with a good thing!


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Awesome Experience

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

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

    Pros

    1. Smart people, very talented and good insurance
    2. Good salary and benefit.
    3. San Diego..finest city in US

    Cons

    Promotion is hard you have to wait a long time to get promoted


  6. Big corporate whose bread and butter isn't software.

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    A decent employer, with high benefits.
    Excellent people to work with.
    San Diego :-)
    Many projects, some are very interesting. People can shift between projects.

    Cons

    Not very sexy. The core business is hardware and patents. Mobile apps and such are regarded as a sidekick and never get much attention / funding.
    Lot of corporate management stuff like long meetings. I would expect it in any company of such size.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up looking for new directions and products, and put the money where you want to make a breakthrough


  7. Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Qualcomm works on Interesting project

    Cons

    cannot think of any specific cons


  8. Meh, it's aight.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits and retirement. People are nice and there is a nice work environment. Some cool freebies like soda, coffee and teas. No food though :(

    Cons

    Hasn't been very easy for me to move up. Things can get kind of political. It's a company run by engineers so it can be a little boring and uneventful at times.

    Advice to Management

    I would focus a little more on fostering leadership. Managers seem to focus a little too much on advancing their own status and careers and not the people below them.


  9. Good company to work for

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, work life balance. Different kinds of projects to work on.

    Cons

    no obvious cons in particular.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  10. Helpful (4)

    Staff Engineer (Software)

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Competitive pay
    - I got promoted quickly but that really depends on team, I have alot of friends who are very capable but get mired in performance review politics, really hit or miss.

    Cons

    - Quality of people who have been here 12-15+ years ago not up to par - probably joined when Qualcomm was growing quickly, makes you wonder how are these guys engineers
    - Sweatshop mentality last 3 years+ in QCT (the chip making business). Schedule ahead of quality, with questionable return.
    - Management too conservative and not willing to invest in growth areas

    Advice to Management

    invest more in emerging growth opportunities


  11. Helpful (1)

    Staff Engineer

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits in Engineering Dept. However, not good in IT division.
    Pioneer of Wireless Technology and ample learning opportunity.
    Good for people who like lab culture.
    Engineering division encourages innovation.

    Cons

    IT Division processes are not inspiring and adhere to new technology.
    IT Division Benefits are not good.
    IT Division work in challenging, gives learning opportunity however very closed in terms of process change suggessions.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees change to move around within the company more easily based on previous ratings.



Showing 1,599 of 2,165 reviews
Reset Filters
RSS Feed </> Embed

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.