Qualcomm Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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  1. Good job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Good people. Good amount of work

    Cons

    No growth in the company as lot of people vie for jobs

  2. Helpful (2)

    Lots of favoritism

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    flexible hours
    sponsoring visa for foreigners

    Cons

    unbelievable favoritism
    Too much stress
    unorganized system

    Advice to Management

    Dear manager,
    You want to evaluate the employees based on what they do and how they work, rather than who is from where!

  3. Helpful (2)

    Odd place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Free Snacks and Cokes

    Cons

    Work not challenging. Most people have only worked at Qualcomm and play political games

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the matrix organization. Waste of time and resources.

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  5. High expectations

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Pay, flex hours, benefits, generally cool projects.

    Cons

    Mentor-ship experience was not existent. It's a tough first place out of college to work. The most successful younger people there were ones who dedicated 50-60 hours to their position.

  6. So So Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    * Good sick/vacation time policies for professional-level employees (different policies for admin, entry level, etc.), on-site doctor's office at HQ* Numerous activities for employees (movies in the auditorium, discounts from theme parks, summer lunchtime events)* Top tech company to work for in San Diego

    Cons

    Work-life balance means they add fun things to your 40+ hrs/week and expectation of reading e-mail 7 days a week, day and night* Some groups are better, more functional, more enjoyable than others

    Advice to Management

    I'd be happy with fewer perks if it meant not getting chided for waiting until Monday morning to respond to Sunday night e-mails.

  7. Overall great place to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Qualcomm

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

    Pros

    got to work on latest technologies in the telecom compensation is better than the competitors

    Cons

    most of the times its an aggressive work culture.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Not the same company

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are lots of very smart people. They provide very good benefits and are a good community citizen (for now). If you're on the right project (especially if it's a manager's pet project), work is great and you'll get the opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Unless you're on the right projects, there's no career advancement. Too many managers have reached their "Peter Principle" levels and are afraid of taking risks or mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of most of your middle management that is blocking innovation and are afraid of making mistakes. You've let go of many innovative engineers, being part of ImpaQt appears to be a kiss of death.

  9. Smart people, encumbered by paperwork

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Most of my team is smart and nice to work with.
    Traffic in Mira Mesa is only a problem for about half an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening, and, if you dodge that window, it's a quick commute to the various housing around.

    Cons

    If you don't like cubicles, well, all future space is looking likely to be cubicles.
    Housing is almost as expensive as San Francisco.
    There is an enormous amount of paperwork surrounding checking in changes.
    There are just enough people who make just enough noise and don't seem to understand stuff that one can be left with the feeling of working with idiots even when almost everyone is nice to deal with.
    Qualcomm is currently trying to reduce staffing costs, so you're pretty much stuck wherever you are.

    Advice to Management

    The managed product line paperwork is absolutely morale-destroying. It needs work to be less frustrating to deal with.

  10. Helpful (1)

    business development

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    good people to work with

    Cons

    politics, no work life balance

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great place to learn. Company culture is nonexistent.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Intelligent people in technical leadership.
    Long history supporting new innovation and encouraging new ideas.
    Company is growing at a healthy pace.

    My team had very little interference from middle management. That was not the case for the majority of engineering teams in the company.
    Specifically the Austin office (where I worked) was a great atmosphere for learning and taking technical risks.

    Cons

    Middle management is a cancer.
    Too many low performers who never seem to leave the company.
    There is very little cooperation between teams and almost none between business organization. Software is not shared.
    Bonuses are small.

    Advice to Management

    Give engineers more freedom say in product development.
    Encourage cross-team collaboration.
    Remove low performers.

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