Qualcomm Reviews

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94 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance, stable company, great sense of contribution to the world (in 103 reviews)

  • Good chance to work on latest and cutting edge technology (in 100 reviews)


Cons
  • Management does not seem to care about the work life balance of its employees (in 93 reviews)

  • I worked extremely long hours without receiving even a 'thank you' in most cases (in 74 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Very great place to work. Smart people all around.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Great quality of work. Great work culture.

    Cons

    Big company. HR might disappoint you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None at the moment. I'm new.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Surrounded by smart people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Always learning from people around you; management makes (mostly) smart decisions; can get a lot done in a short period of time.

    Cons

    tough to stand out from the crowd; stock has been stuck at 50 for years; pay is below industry standard; CDMA Technologies is the "slave pit" of QC.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Great company. great team. Cutting edge work. Lots of opportunity to innovate.

    Cons

    Poor turnover. Lack of opportunities beyond engineering

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to expand marketing to make Qualcomm a household name

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent workplace environment, however opportunities are limited in non-science based areas

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Flex-time, comfortable space, drinks and snacks provided, large company events are common, excellent benefits

    Cons

    Very few negatives, however this is a technology based firm so if you do not have a science background you may be limited

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good benefits, slow culture, long roads to promotions...

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - Calm culture
    - Generally nice people

    Cons

    - Decent facilities
    - Salary packages not competent for non-engineering (non-core programming) employees
    - Very slow culture (need to be more action oriented)
    - Low visibility of career progression (slow promotions cycles - 4-5 yrs on an avg!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to where people want to be in the next 3-5 yrs. Mentor program is existing but invisible. Managers sometimes try to micromanage. Go social.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    The company culture and benefit is excelent but it's hard to advange in your carreer path

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    excelent benefits and decent salary

    Cons

    too many meeting and politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1 one 1 meeting to find out what is behind the scence

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    low pay, lots of pressure.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Overall Qualcomm is an Okay place to work. Everything depends on your team lead. If you are with a good lead, you are fine. Otherwise, life is not easy.

    Cons

    Lots of pressure, hard to get promoted as there are lots of competition. The number of people who can get promoted is very limited. Many times people in my team have to work overtime to meet deadlines.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good technical experience, but little advancement opportunities

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Atheros provided good opportunities to get technically involved in various projects.
    The group that I worked in had a good overall rapport.

    Cons

    At Atheros, there were only few opportunities for professional growth or advancement within the company. Management was unable to resolve issues that arose due to personal conflicts between managers, and individuals suffered from this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more critical in reviewing midlevel managers effectiveness. Be more proactive in resolving potential conflicts to prevent potential adverse effects to individual engineering careers.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Great Health Plan
    Performance Reviews Twice a Year
    Challenging Work

    Cons

    A lot of work going "off shore"
    People who make mistakes are not always held accountable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need better communication on strategic plans
    Work environment can differ greatly from team to team

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very Good

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Qualcomm is a leader in mobile wireless communication. The products you work on impacts everyone because everyone owns a mobile phone or table these days.

    Cons

    Restrictions on promotion. Difficulty on finding documentation. Work can be quite stressful.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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