Qualcomm Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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  1. Great company but leadership plays favorites

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked at Qualcomm for 6 years and consider it to be some of the best years of my 10+ year career. I learned a lot about the telecommunications industry and became a better professional while working there. I also got to interact with a lot of senior leadership and worked on some really interesting projects, including a video project that featured Qualcomm's leaders and its augmented reality technology.

    Cons

    Within the department where I worked, leadership played favorites. I found that I was passed up for a promotion a few time because the "decision makers" wanted someone else to be promoted over me. Decisions to promote were not based on merit alone and politics played a huge role. I also found that performance plans were not adhered to that regularly. We had them and discussed them with our managers every 6 months but goals weren't measured in a manner that yielded a consistent result.

    Advice to Management

    Put more of an emphasis on performance plans, goals and 360 reviews. Allow those who deserve to be promoted to get that chance because they earned it.


  2. Senior Software Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer, Senior in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer, Senior in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and Great benefits

    Cons

    More cost cuttings these days, backing off in investments the moment there is a slightest downfall of the company.

    Advice to Management

    More aggressive to believe, invest and take the next step in your new investments and ideas.


  3. Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, good culture, positive experience

    Cons

    QC is in transition now


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  5. Project analyst

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

    Pros

    Very competitive benefits, stock options, 401K.

    Cons

    Slow promotion and pay not very competitive.


  6. Staff engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    located in San Diego which is the good place to live

    Cons

    too much busy and lots of pressure


  7. Director Of Engineering

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Engineering in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Engineering in San Diego, CA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Technology company. focused on being innovative in new domains. Recently focused on more of external company acquisition and internally developing the technologies.

    Cons

    Very poor in both business and execution of Services related product developments. Management focus is mainly on listen to stock holders and maintaining the stock price.


  8. Full Time

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    Very smart people and cutting edge technology

    Cons

    Very large organization, not very nimble.

    Advice to Management

    Push down decision making


  9. Helpful (2)

    Used to be great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    the leadership under Paul Jacobs was great. today's leadership, I am not so sure. they seem to be spinning their wheels and getting beat by everyone. great technology leadership. w

    Cons

    long work hours.

    Advice to Management

    start worrying about the Chinese competition instead of personal wealth. very top heavy, many vp's and directors who manage themselves and their admin.


  10. Great company to work for!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    Work environment and atmosphere is great! The work-life balance is very flexible. The benefits are one of the best in the tech industry.

    Cons

    Just like any big type of company you might get lost in the shuffle of things unless your work is very transparent to the higher management.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is to have them hire the right type of people to be managers instead of having engineers as managers by default.


  11. Product Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Product Manager
    Current Employee - Staff Product Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work, Fantastic to work in San Diego

    Cons

    mid to large size company; business challenges like any other large sized company



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