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Qualcomm Reviews in San Diego, CA

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
1,837 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.  

    Benefits are Great, the cost is Work/Life Balance

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

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

    Pros

    It is true Qualcomm, Inc offers amazing benefits to their employees from Health Care, on-site gym, cafeteria and vacation starts at 3 weeks.

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance is not a core value. The cost you pay for the amazing benefits are long hours with minimal flexibility on office hours. Alternative schedules are not supported and most often discouraged.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Ten years later, productivity stifled with excessive management

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Employees are trusted. Most policies encourage innovation and ownership. The work is reasonably good. Above all you can always find smart people working with you. Good place to start your career.

    Cons

    This is a large company employee wise. Though this is an engineering company, as with any large human enterprise, the people who are true engineers/scientists are a small minority.
    Constant self-promotion, and telling all who listen, how busy you, are is essential.
    Productivity, per engineer, is low, because of the time spent getting 'visibility' with your upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shed layers of management. Expect more, and prize productivity from engineers. Maybe that will free people to develop new products and services.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Qualcommer for 10 years, I like Qualcomm !

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Location, Salary, Growth Opportunity, Job Security

    Cons

    WorkLife balance, Procedures are not well established. big start up company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    It has been a bumpy road, work/life balance is not a priority

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, culture and diversity

    Cons

    Advancement is subjective and the organization if flat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just say Thank You!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Opportunities are not the same for all

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

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

    Pros

    Great job benefits (medical insurance; dental; vision; ESPP; etc...)

    Cons

    I have been employed by Qualcomm for over 10 years and I have seen my share of politics (just like anywhere). If you are a minority woman your career is most likely not going to go anywhere in this company. There is no work life balance and if you ask for that you will pay a huge price. They overwork people and those of us who barely see our families find that we will probably just get barely any salary increases. Little by little our bonuses and incentives have been reduced to almost nothing.

    If one transfers to other positions within the company one can't be promoted or be paid more (this rule of course is only for those of us below the manager level). I have given everything to this company and it has taken me nowhere. I went to school at night for years and worked so incredibly hard for them but as my manager once said "hard work will take you nowhere".

    They are hiring more and more people from other countries who are able to work unreasonable hours; those who are not able to do this better get out because they won't be promoted. Accounting employees are treated with no dignity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please know your employee's loyalty is a huge asset. Be reasonable and keep an eye on unethical (sometime illegal) treatment of employees not only for liability reasons but also because doing right is the right thing to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    It was fun while it lasted.

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    • 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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits free of cost.
    Good company to work on cutting edge mobile technology.

    Cons

    Nepotism and politics that hinders career growths.
    Silos that does not achieve productivity.
    Stress level extremely high due to excessive workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think outside the box to improve productivity.
    Eliminate the unnecessary silos created by some Directors to justify their positions.
    Work on listening to the employee's concerns for work-life balance instead of overworking them for meeting metrics.

    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Excellent Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefit and fast pace

    Cons

    Long work hours when it is busy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Fast paced company that pushes you to learn and discover new, great, things. Very positive experience.

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

    I worked at Qualcomm as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting work, team members are great and you develop good relationships with them.

    Cons

    Sometimes workload was very high and unevenly distributed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Work Culture

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

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Qualcomm as a company has excellent employee benefits, and offers wonderful work life balance. But it all depends on the team you are working in. As far as IT work culture is considered, people are stale, have old mindset and dirty politics; People find the work for job survival, they don't do the actual work required. If you are not smart enough, you will be played smart by others.

    Watch for IT work culture before you join.

    Cons

    IT group is pathetic...old fashioned mind set...dirty politics...job survival techniques, and obviously you will see old directors imposing rules like a school principle.

    Not a best IT work culture anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your mindset and respect the technical guys than the show off guys ( Business Analysts ).

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, not pushy management

    Cons

    Sometimes the environment becomes too informal. May be depending on the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Formal training should be more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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