Qualcomm Reviews

Updated August 4, 2015
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Pros
  • Upper management genuinely wants employees to achieve a healthy work-life balance (though some project leads may not) (in 131 reviews)

  • Get to work on cutting edge technology (in 114 reviews)

Cons
  • Bad inter office politics; poor work life balance (in 114 reviews)

  • Pay is not great for the long hours they expect of you (in 90 reviews)

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  1. current employee

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    still at the top of the market

    Cons

    huge cost cutting going in every division should provide facilities in terms of coffee and soft drinks


  2. the ship has sailed

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    big company and used to be stable in the past. was world leader in its space.

    Cons

    no work life balance, too much internal politics, no concrete direction

    Advice to Management

    get rid of the middle mgmt - senior staff, directors and senior directors - to get some good work donw


  3. Software Engineering Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great environment and perks for interns

    Cons

    Cafeteria food wasn't always great


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  5. Used to love my job

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent pay for most people

    Cons

    Don't make me go there.


  6. great company

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    new technology, great employee benefit

    Cons

    too many managers, directors, sometime got confuse on how to response them

    Advice to Management

    has to lean management team, to hire more experience engineer not only those one with PhD degree, good combination of R&D with production might be good for the company


  7. Good company in a challenging environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer, Senior Staff in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer, Senior Staff in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Top technology, fast paced product introductions and ramps. Awesome global supply chain management enables Qualcomm to be globally competitive.

    Cons

    Qualcomm moves very quickly and much of the decision making process is very opaque. If you can operate in an opaque environment and understand the many dimensions of complex decisions you will do well. If you are frustrated by the human factors of complex decision making you will be frustrated.

    Advice to Management

    Fully commit to new ideas and products (like servers) with clear top-down guidance and clear go/no-go gates for each project. It's fine if the gates include market and competitive evaluation, but make the gates and schedules clear to those involved to align expectations with the engineering teams.


  8. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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.


  9. Used to be great, declining culture

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Human Resource in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Human Resource in San Diego, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Exciting projects, bright colleagues, good pay. Has a collegiate environment where you can take classes to improve yourself. Still one of the best employers in San Diego.

    Cons

    Keeps wasting away money at shambolic marketing like the "Why Wait" campaign. Announces declining bonus/stock packages to employees when the execs were given ludicrous amount of raise.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the people. You keep taking away benefits and try to spin is as something that is benefiting the employees but no one buys it. Be genuine and real with the employees instead when doing so. But if you really want to compete long term, bring in the best talent and give them good reasons why they want to stay instead of taking away benefits kowtowing to short-sighted investor pressures.


  10. Marketing at Qualcomm

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great products and technologies but that's about it. Highly competitive environment and the executive management team does not know how to function with competition.

    Cons

    No process for helping employees grow their careers, particularly women. Also, if you are in marketing, don't take a marketing job at Qualcomm. Management does not understand or value marketing. Also not a good company for women. Male dominated exec ranks. Very hard as a woman to be heard or promoted.


  11. Helpful (2)

    VP Marketing

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Bright people, leading edge technology, great culture (atleast until last year)

    Cons

    lot of dead weight, management biases, rest and vest culture, HR policies not applied uniformly across groups and departments.

    Advice to Management

    come back to reality, need some new blood and fresh ideas at mid/sr management level. repeating same things again wont yield different results.



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