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83 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance if you're on the high-level software teams (in 131 reviews)

  • Exposure of cutting edge technology, Fast paced environment (in 114 reviews)


Cons
  • Management does not seem to care about the work life balance of its employees (in 114 reviews)

  • I worked extremely long hours without receiving even a 'thank you' in most cases (in 90 reviews)

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  1.  

    Depending on where in the company, can be a great place, or a not so great place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer/Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer/Manager in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Explosive potential in technology and financial gain.

    Cons

    Politics with in management makes the workplace tougher than needed and less rewarding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure what I would tell senior management.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to Work

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    - Qualcomm offers a very good compensation package.
    - Almost everybody has an office, so it is not a cube world.
    - People are helpful to each other, there isn't much competition among employees.
    - I haven't seen any layoffs over the last few years.
    - There is free dinner at 6pm for employees who plan to work after hours.

    Cons

    - The only downside of working at Qualcomm is busy work schedule. People are encouraged to work after hours (there is free dinner at 6pm). So, most people work until 9pm.
    - There are many projects and deadlines. Sometimes, it gets very stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some managers are not very involved with what their engineers are doing, so their expectations are not always realistic.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Benefits and located in San diego

    Cons

    San Diego is expensive and the company is not a good pay master

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Job well done

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    good place to start, bad place to stay

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    location and benefits. lack of competetive employers in the city

    Cons

    big bad corporate place with too many racial groups

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please leave and use your waste your time elsewhere

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Your mileage may vary.

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

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Good health benefits and stock purchase discount. Good gym, lot of celebrations, lots of lunch meetings (free food). There are plenty of technical courses that will enable you to keep up to date professionally. There are a lot of non work related mailing lists that you can join for areas of your interest. If you get the right assignment work can be interesting and cutting edge when it comes to the industry peers.

    Cons

    Qualcomm organisation lacks structure. If you have worked at a process driven company it takes time to understand how things function. Qualcomm is also an old boys club. If you know someone higher up or have been there for years and are well connected you will not have a problem, otherwise you are going to remain where you are. if you stay at QCOM for several years then eventually some of the stock options will be worth money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Putting some structure in the organisation wouldn't hurt. Recognizing and promoting employees not part of the old boys club would definitely make it a better place to work.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Somewhat dissatisfied

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

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Benefits and professional learning opportunities are above par, and unmatched within the San Diego area. Great health benefits, world class speakers are brought in for employees to hear.

    Cons

    Middle management and senior management are not always aligned. Promotions are not fair, even if you execute successfully on projects you may not get recognized, if your supervisor does not like you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on career development for employees. I thought there was a lack of interest in my division, I did not see a coordinated effort put forth by management.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mediocre place to work

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Best place for semiconductor design and wireless innovation. Healthcare plan is good. Vacations are 3 weeks a year starting, and increase post 5 years. Good 401K plan, good facilities on site.

    Cons

    Certain departments, like mine, are partial to specific employees and are underpaid and unfair. Promotions and awards are given to those who are friends with a manager outside of work, without any bearing or relation to professional performance. Salaries are low for the area. Some facilities, like the hospital, are not useful since there is a long wait time, which kills the original intent of the service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay fairly, make payscales transparent. Plan ahead. Paul acts like a surfer dude, he is nowhere close to his father in terms of insight and charisma, he doesn't perform as a visionary leader.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work if you are with the right team and the right lead

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Great benefits. Very easy work times.

    Cons

    Your manager must like you. Place has become bureaucratic and political. Need to impress the right people otherwise you are doomed. Many people who are rich because of stocks are lazy and don't do anything. Its really depends on the lead and director. Information sharing within teams can come a problem. Promotions are sometimes not fair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More information sharing. Make sure promotions are happened justly.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Chaotic environment, non-stop firefighting, and back-stabbing managers

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

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Pros

    - the wireless market is hot
    - technology driven
    - employees are nice to work with

    Cons

    - the place is chaotic with lack of clear direction and leadership
    - there are many good manager and as many or more bad managers
    - senior leadership does not really know what's going on at lower level
    - people that are contributing are ignored and the ones that don't do work get promoted/recognized
    - a lot of fire-fighting with no clear project schedule or strategy
    - watch out for back-stabbing managers that will sacrifice their employees for their own advancements and agendas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - spend time to recognize key teams and individuals who are working hard and helping the company
    - get rid of incompetent middle managers and allow productive people to step up

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good company to work for.

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Good management, good work life balance.
    Also perks are good. There is a good employee stock purchase program and good health benefits.
    Reviews are done every six months, and managers are trained well.
    There are good programs that encourage innovation.
    The company also offers good online training courses that can be taken advantage of, time permitting.

    Cons

    Sometimes too focussed on deadlines, and software quality suffers as a result.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward software quality also equally.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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