Qualcomm Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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  1. Helpful (5)

    A good place to work, but tough

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits (for now); generally friendly people that are easy to work with; can work on cutting-edge technology and for an industry leader; high retention rate, few people leave because this is considered the pinnacle of many fields; an environment that can have a grad-school feel at times (to a point, see: upcoming layoffs);

    Cons

    Crunch-time is the default state, expect to work evenings and weekends often, which will get worse with the hiring freeze; benefits and stock grants to be cut; rising is slow due to people entrenched in the top positions

    Advice to Management

    Use the upcoming cost reduction to clean house at the top; if you really care about costs, then put away the politics and personalities and find out who's actually performing for the bottom line


  2. Better Than Most

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, wonderful co-workers, enjoyable work environment

    Cons

    Don't have anything negative to say


  3. mask layout designer, staff

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mask Layout Designer, Staff in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Mask Layout Designer, Staff in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good work environment, fair in evaluating employees

    Cons

    wish for more visibility for economic outlook


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  5. good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    lots of talented people with good skills. good culture. good bonus and rsu

    Cons

    lots of talented people but too many distactions on each project without goog guidance.


  6. good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Modem Systems Test Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Modem Systems Test Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm (More than a year)

    Pros

    good to work............work atmosphere is good

    Cons

    none.............jobs are plenty and lot of opportunities


  7. Once great company, now sinking ship

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay Not difficult work Get to sample the next big phone hardware

    Cons

    Smart minds are leaving fast Remaining employees are working harder to keep up Layoffs last December, again next month Big company with lots of redundancy -- grew too fast under Android management

    Advice to Management

    Do everything you can to retain the smart employees


  8. Helpful (1)

    Only down hill from here

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Applications Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Staff Software Applications Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - We still get a paycheck - Environment is laid back

    Cons

    - No upward mobility - Cuts in almost all benefits (and there are more coming)


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great company with some hiccups - can be get back on track

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    HQ in San Diego. Great benefits (Base salary 401K, ESPP, RSU, Bonus, Health ins. etc..). Many talented people. Lots of opportunities for personal growth inside the company.

    Cons

    Not a lot of free perks (e.g. food). Some hiccups since it lots few important accounts. Too many redundancy that can be easily eliminated.

    Advice to Management

    Cut down on the non-engineers redundancy part but keep the engineers.


  10. Director

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CA - California in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - CA - California in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Benefits are good including for your family.

    Cons

    Ubber political and nepotistic. Long time employees most are incompetent-not gaining like position elsewhere are so knowledgeable to navigate the politics-they are successful there- SD corp staff should be cut, too bloated and inefficient.

    Advice to Management

    Be more mindful of acquisition staff experiences-leverage it to gain best practices-the company might actually be more efficient which is sorely needed. The company is highly inefficient, the next HP.


  11. Long time employee

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The pay has always been great.

    Cons

    I agree that if you don't have friends at the top it's quite difficult to be happy. When sharing cultural issues around Qualcomm a friend of mine put it this way "I'm not sure if you work in a high school or a gulag" - that says it all.

    Advice to Management

    It would be good if you actually managed the company. Believe it or not, just pulling a bloated salary and shutting your eyes isn't managing.



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