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  1. Helpful (1)

    Too many politics. Great company?? not really!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    basically just a mirage of big company, years of experience you can put on your resume

    Cons

    Too many politics, bad leadship, how well you will be treated depends on where you are, if unfortunately you work in devil island, no matter how hard you work, you would be buried in the office politics. I knew some guys tried to sue the company due to unfair treatment, of course, QUALCOMM LAWYER came to settle with them... Others just didn't want to handle the political drama, they quit .... Generally, qualcomm is aged, for 4G, qualcomm does not have dominant patent as CDMA ...

    Advice to Management

    get rid of politics in the middle-layer management which is hurting the company. I knew a lot of talented guys quit due to politics


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work - watch your back

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cutting edge wireless technology, San Diego!!, Benefits, Challenging

    Cons

    VERY political environment - lot's of "cliques", but VERY nice people individually. Some old dead wood still around.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house - get rid of incompetent leaders


  3. An engineer's dream company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company...values good people...Engineers have a lot of power...invests a lot in engineers training and development

    Cons

    It is a big company...you will take time getting to know the whole organization

    Advice to Management

    I think they have done a spectacular job over the years. perhaps the other sites could be better synced with San Diego. Sometimes we get lost in knowing who to contact and for what


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  5. Great Company. Not so great pay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wireless innovation at its best. Leading company in 3G and will lead the world in 4G. 2 performance reviews per year, so you are at your toes trying to impress all the time. Stock incentives are good as is stock growth compared to other large companies.

    Cons

    Pay not too great. Company growing rapidly and hence losing its startup culture

    Advice to Management

    try retaining the best talent within the company


  6. Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Qualcomm is a great company with many opportunities. The company treats employees well and as an intern I received many perks.

    Cons

    There was no official training.

    Advice to Management

    More training.


  7. Dissatisfied and cheated employees

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Individual office spaces. Good technology with a steady growth for the company.

    Cons

    Bad pay. Zero options to work remote. Might get cheated in immigration and not be told. Not many attractive incentives to the employees to challenge themselves. Very deadline driven....never consider feedback from employees for deadlines

    Advice to Management

    Improve pay packages b4 they lose the best. Absolutely encourage remote work from different offices arnd the world.


  8. It's a decent company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Interim Engineering in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Interim Engineering in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has enthusiastic work culture, with innovation at the heart of the company and wide range of opportunities, it definitely is a good place to start your career and keep grooming yourself in communications technology.

    Cons

    The cash compensation at Qualcomm is not that lucrative so if you are high on this factor then you may feel let down. However with all the benefits, which should be taken into consideration by an employee, the overall package is decent by industry standards. At least Qualcomm had spent a lot on the Interns [ Decent Cash-Compensation + Many paid-activities + (A+)housing + travel allowance + intern-weekends]. I was literally over-whelmed by the treatment. :)

    Advice to Management

    Some of the start-ups acquired by the company haven't still integrated well with the company culture, if that's a right observation to be put in.


  9. Big company....small company feel.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, professional growth. Being part of a visionary tech company. Qualcomm's core value of hiring the best and giving them the tools to do what they do best.

    Cons

    It is losing the small company, team feeling that made us a great company. Burnout from workload.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose sight of making your employees feel valuable.


  10. Great Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Atheros really cares about their employees

    Cons

    Some departments seem to get preferential treatment over others

    Advice to Management

    Really look at the work each individual is doing, don't just look at what department that individual is associated with


  11. Engineers rule the QCOM universe.

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Qualcomm has a very strong engineering culture. Engineers get the resources they need with very little fuss. Compared to other places I have worked in engineers here are spoiled. If you are an engineer then this place is great because QCOM is an still very, very much strives to be an industry leader. Engineering also has a good promotion policy that keeps engineers as engineers.

    Cons

    Being San Diego's biggest employer they do not compete with salaries albeit the benefits compensate somewhat. Another downside is you are expected to work around the clock and waste a lot of time in meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Merge program management with engineering and dismantle the current structure where the two groups are separate.



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