Qualcomm Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good company to work for.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm

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

    Pros

    Great technology. Great knowledge database. Good team.

    Cons

    Some Managers are micro-managers. Have confidence and empower your contractors.

    Advice to Management

    Please review and educate the mid- and lower-level managers on good management style.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great company for new grads

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    Pros

    Flexible, good insurance, great location, attorney can help apply h1b and green card. Global support

    Cons

    Mobile industry may meet throttle. Slow growing and may lay off recently. Too much office politics. Long time to get promotion


  3. Helpful (8)

    Probably a good place to work for

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Despite recently slashes in health insurance benefits, it's still pretty good. No premiums are always good even if the deductible is very high.
    - 401k match superb and plenty of low-fee funds (read: vanguard) available.
    - ESPP is amazing, %15 discount with look-back
    - Depending on the team you're in (read: not division but actual team) you might have relaxed deadlines. Note that this heavily depends on the quality of code that the team has. Teams with crappy code deservedly do a ton of firefighting.
    - HR si very good about raises. They make an effort to adjust your salary to market (in addition to inflation) without you asking.
    - Bi-annual bonuses in both cash and stocks (RSUs).
    - Most people honestly enjoy working here.

    Cons

    - Lots of layoffs recently, job security is iffy.
    - Company profitability on a downward trend
    - Benefits getting slashed recently (new CEO not very employee friendly at the moment)
    - Again, depending on the team you're in, you could deal with really crappy code that'll make your job soul sucking. There is a ton of legacy code being maintained with no intent to erase technical debt. This is *not* a software company. The policy generally is: if it works, ship it. On a flip side, there are teams with superb code. Quality of code varies drastically by team.
    - Pay is average. The benefits probably make up for it.
    - MIddle-management make waaay too much money (in bonuses) compared to doing work. Not to mention, management vs low-level peons seems to be 50/50 split, which is just astonishing, given that they are relatively hands-off the products.
    - Performance review isn't merit based. If could prove P=NP in your first review, and you'll only get a 3.5/5. On the flip side, you could take a dump on your manager's table on your 6th review and you'll still get a 5/5. Scores are manipulatied to show "improvement" across reviews and do not reflect the amount of work you've done.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    pros and cons of qcom

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

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

    Pros

    Overall good company but very demanding in terms of work hours.

    Cons

    Worse if you get stuck in bad group, hard to move within Qcom.

    Advice to Management

    More uniform evaluation of employees.


  6. Great benefits, but corporate culture is becoming worse

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

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits plan - fully employer paid, unless your spouse works for a company that also offers insurance.

    Fairly good work-life balance, at least for hourly employees. Salaried employees seem to be expected to be available 24/7.

    Good pay.

    Cons

    Under the new CEO, there has been a company-wide mandate to make sure that everyone is titled and paid "appropriately". While that may sound relatively innocuous, in reality it seems to have been an excuse to cut costs via layoffs. It also seems to have lead to quite a bit of micromanaging, which is quite a change from how things used to be - employees used to have more freedom to get their jobs done as they saw fit.

    Add in an increasing number of seemingly pointless status meetings, and the job started to feel less about pleasing customers and getting things done than it did about pleasing management and focusing on process over results.

    Reviews are done not so much on an individual basis, but rather on an "enforced curve". All people of title X are measured against each other, and there's only an allowance for a certain percentage of those with title X to receive merit increases, bonuses, or RSUs. Management seems to approach reviews with an eye towards focusing on negatives in an effort to keep bonuses down.

    Advice to Management

    You have talented people - let them use their talents. Don't try to turn everyone into replaceable cogs; allow them the freedom to be individuals, and judge them as such.

    Also, not that Qualcomm is alone in this, but giving smaller and smaller bonuses and raises and adding things like a spousal surcharge for health insurance while the CEO's compensation increases by nearly 100% in a 2-year period sends a message to employees that they're not valued.


  7. Engineer II

    • 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

    Pros

    Nothing to specify anything about QC

    Cons

    Good place to work and learn new things


  8. software engineer

    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 3 years)

    Pros

    lots of experts within the company

    Cons

    career advancement is very difficult


  9. innovative atmosphere but corporate complacency

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Program Analyst
    Former Contractor - Program Analyst

    I worked at Qualcomm as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Full gym
    Smart and hard working engineers
    Great break rooms
    Diverse culture

    Cons

    Poor team cohesion due to dispersed cubicles
    Corporate complacency and laziness rampant -- Too many times I witnessed attempts to hand off work to others' or minimize new responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Keep teams motivated by keeping them together. Keep technical analysts challenged.


  10. Big Tech Company

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

    I worked at Qualcomm

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, lots of opportunities and flexability

    Cons

    Slow growth and change, outlook has been a little down for the past 1-2 years


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Senior Staff Engineer" who jumped from a "Sinking Ship"

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time

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

    Pros

    I have been helping employees to escape for the past few months, many of them are asking me for leads now, and more and more of the most talented Qualcomm employees from the 1990's - the ones who built this company and made it successful - are moving on to better opportunities.

    Cons

    - It's appalling to see a company lay off 600 engineers so they can bonus the CEO $98M.
    - When they finally got the idea to do CPU chip design, they under-invested and got caught with their pants down by Apple, this is why there is a public fiasco with power management on the Snapdragon 810. It's an outsourced design because Qualcomm didn't have the balls to invest the money to design a 64-bit chip at the right time.
    - Qualcomm was a very frustrating place to work, they waste money on the stupidest ideas. They pick research projects that only your grandfather could understand, such as mobile broadcast TV, a completely dead-and-buried concept.
    - Promotion is nearly a 100%-political game at Qualcomm, when they finally gave me a bonus after many years, I used the bonus to take a far better job at a far more elite employer, at a level that would be 2 ranks higher than my Qualcomm job, and I gladly kissed my Qualcomm years goodbye.

    Advice to Management

    - Stop treating the company like a personal piggy bank.
    - The telco systems engineering development model is 19th century. GROW UP!
    - If you can't think of a useful R&D idea why don't you hire a futurist who can.
    - Stop investing in stupid demo features just to scare people into buying your chips.
    - Not every project has to have coding theory hardware component to make it a worthwhile investment!
    - Consider saying "no" to an evil operator like Verizon just once? Please???



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