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Qualcomm Reviews in San Diego, CA

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
913 Reviews
3.9
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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.  

    Experience at qualcomm

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    training, work life balance, company values

    Cons

    lack of lateral movement within organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    support lateral movement within organization

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

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

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Various projects to work for. And generally nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Some of the projects are depending on trends.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    The best game in town

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A solid company with great benefits and opportunities to learn but missing life-balance

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Currently employed at Qualcomm and I am enjoying the opportunities to take on big tasks right at the start. The benefits are excellent (ESPP/RSU/401K among best in the industry), great health care, and a nice campus. Team is very receptive to assist when needed. I feel that I can develop a very strong career here with live long learning by working with this top-tier talent. We have a great CEO that values what is important for long-term growth versus what makes stock holders happy.

    Cons

    The culture here seems to be "work first, family second" without directly saying it. While no one will force you to work long hours, the culture seems to dictate it. I know people that had to work over holidays and sacrifice family trips. While this isn't uncommon in our industry, it's sad to see it continued here. The social events that Qualcomm holds for their employees are very far and few between (I know some groups have more than others but my group has very few). I've worked for other semiconductor companies where this was the opposite.

    As a result of the culture, it seems like employees want to get their things done and go directly home. There is very little socializing out side of work or team-building. When I've tried to organize events for my group to meet even for a simple happy hour, it was met with little enthusiasm. I know work isn't meant to be "social hour" but it is nice to have team camaraderie. Life isn't all about the 9-5 (well, more like 8-8 here).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please work on life-balance and promoting more of a light-hearted team atmosphere. Even though Qualcomm is under enormous pressure to perform, it pays dividends when the team isn't constantly stressed out. I really like working here; make me love working here!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Staff engineer

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Competitive benefits and good salary.
    Cutting edge work in telecommunications field.
    Good base for future career.

    Cons

    Life work balance is no longer met
    Not much Cohesion between teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more vision and invest properly in emerging technologies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    great

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

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

    Pros

    Work culture is flexible. Employee friendly, Perks are good.

    Cons

    Never ending work. More people tracking then working

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work Life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Wonderful experience

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging opportunities
    Excellent compensation and benefits

    Cons

    Lack of stability and growth prospects when working on non core technologies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more risks and not be driven purely by revenue model

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Business Analyst for QMS

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Pros

    great food service
    fair evaluations for performance
    Excellent parking
    experienced management

    Cons

    lack of pay - underpaid
    lack of co-worker communication - closed offices
    poor ability to grow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to grow people who wish to accelerate based on passion instead of degree

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Company Culture, Work-Life Balance

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance, the best health care and other benefits, good pay, good co-workers and teams

    Cons

    Uninteresting projects, too much hierarchy inhibits growth, innovation and motivation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even though the managerial structure follows a hierarchy, it would be nice if it didn't have to show in the workplace so evidently and encouraged open and flat communication.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Qualcomm was a magnificent company to work for, the best internship I've ever had

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

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Pros

    - Great managers
    - Amazing ambient
    - Great intern program

    Cons

    No cons, everybody was pretty helpful

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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