Qualcomm
3.9 of 5 1,262 reviews
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Qualcomm Reviews

Updated Apr 21, 2014
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86% Approve of the CEO

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf

Steve Mollenkopf

(22 ratings)

86% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great work-life balance, stable company, great sense of contribution to the world"
    in 84 reviews
  • "Great Benefits, Great People, Great Challenges - Innovation"
    in 108 reviews
Cons:
  • "Hard to strike a good work/life balance if you want to keep advancing"
    in 74 reviews
  • "I worked extremely long hours without receiving even a 'thank you' in most cases"
    in 64 reviews
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If you like challenging work please avoid qualcomm

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Hyderābād (India)

I have been working at Qualcomm full-time for less than a year

Prosshares and benefits
qualcomm Brand name

Cons1. No quality work here in Hyderabad. not good for freshers.
2. Recruits students from IIT's and NIT's to do Brainless job. Managers treats Engineers and Associate Engineers as a Slaves.
3. If you once join Qualcomm then No more options it is very difficult to switch to other companies.
4. Very Hectic you have to spend lots of time in work, that you don't like. Many are not happy with their work but no other options for them.
5. advice to freshers not to join Qualcomm.

Advice to Senior Management1. learn to appreciate work done by engineers.
2. recognize the talent.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Worst experience

Senior Engineer (Former Employee)
Hyderābād (India)

I worked at Qualcomm full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThis company has very good name in industry and the technology that company works on is cutting edge for the industry.

ConsWork pressure is hectic, work life balance is poor. People call at night times asked to come to office if you do not they will show all reasons in review. Management is worst even to complain about any such incidents. There are many flaws in recruitment, people at same level are recruited at different level even the candidate had given 5 rounds of interview placed at lower level compared to candidate who given one telephonic. The moment employee starts questioning review gets affected and simple answer given by management is do not compare with others. You just cannot stay with this company looking at company name in industry.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Hell Yeah..

Senior Software Engineer II (Current Employee)
Hyderābād (India)

I have been working at Qualcomm as a contractor for less than a year

ProsGood work atmosphere to work

ConsNo chance of getting fulltime

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Company culture

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Qualcomm full-time for more than a year

ProsIf you can make a lot of of noise about something even if it is low tech, you can build a reputation of a master and climb the ladder quick if surrounded by your own friend. I can't do that and will never do it.

Constoo micro management that kill innovation...

Advice to Senior ManagementCompetition within the company are not very healthy...

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Poisonous Entrenched IT Management

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

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

ProsBenefits, healthcare, vacation, flexible work hours depending on area of work, stock options (depending on your relationship with the manager), regular raises (also dependent on the manager and personal relationship).

ConsManagement, good ol boys club, lack of professionalism, lots of managers, no leaders, lack of employee empowerment, system actively weeds out the most intelligent and forward thinking professionals, egregious wastes of money due to lack of basic knowledge in managing people or projects. Personally witnessed millions wasted on tools and custom software that is never used. All of these tools and projects were castrated due to personality conflicts or petty politics of who received credit or who was in control. Although this is sometimes the reality in large organizations, QC is particularly unique in my what I have seen over the last 20 years.

Advice to Senior ManagementShake things up, but that will not happen until QC sees a serious market competitor which will force the company to reevaluate its management practices for the purposes of being more efficient.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Your experience will depend on your group, but their culture of dishonesty let me down.

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
San Diego, CA

I worked at Qualcomm full-time for more than 5 years

ProsInteresting engineering work but understaffed.

ConsAfter 5 years at Qualcomm my experience was mixed. It depends very much on the specifics of your group and management. If you join as an expert in your field you may find yourself working with inexperienced generalists who do not know what they are doing and rely on your expertise but who are then able to take all the glory. This is compounded by racial cliques in some small teams. From my management I got very mixed messages, heaping praise on the one hand then stabbing me in the back when it counted. It sounds nutty but In the end I encountered a pervasive culture of dishonesty from my managers up to and including senior HR that soured me to this company.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart giving more than lip service to integrity.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Too many kingdoms, lots of politics, no longer a fun place

Senior Manager (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

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

ProsSummer on the Lawn
Beautiful campus
Good benefits
Once a great company and fun company to work for

ConsLong hours
Immature leadership
Politics rule middle management
Questionable ethics
Promotions are not based on performance
Qualcomm is going after younger hires and does not value experience
No longer a company that values new ideas

Advice to Senior ManagementAudit your staff, to much corruption and pay to play.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Mature process, immature IT management - no integrity

IT Staff Engineer (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

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

ProsQualcomm has a great work-life balance if your manager permits you to take advantage of it.
The medical benifits provided are great!

ConsNo integrity in IT Management
No recognition for new employees
Tasks/Projects/Milestones accomplished are not communicated up the management chain, especially in IT. Instead, the manager will take credit for great work and accomplishments and has at least one level below to blame when things don't go as favorably.
Very secretive and cowardly promotion and bonus/perk structures.
Will actively deny or make extremely difficult the ability to transfer internally.

Advice to Senior ManagementIT Management needs a complete re-haul. Pay the price to get AND KEEP good quality engineers and leaders.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A sweatshop in the USA. Long hours are inevitable. If you have a life at all, let it go before you work here.

Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

I have been working at Qualcomm full-time for less than a year

ProsSome discounts around town for employees.

Cons# No work- life balance.

# Most work almost 12 hours everyday. Not the managers maybe, but for a new recruit, that is a minimum for months.

# Salary is very less for the extremely demanding work.

# Terrible work culture.

# Half the work force is Temp employees. That says a lot about how Qualcomm wants to save more and pay the absolute least it can.

Advice to Senior ManagementRead the above comments. It's OK to let your employees have a life.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good pay, work is not that great and neither is the management

Lead Engineer Senior (Current Employee)
Bangalore (India)

I have been working at Qualcomm full-time for more than a year

ProsCompensation and benefits are good.

ConsManagement, work life balance, quality of work.

Advice to Senior ManagementRespect people. Being rude is nothing to be proud about.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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