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Qualcomm Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
1,774 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.  

    work and life balance

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

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

    Pros

    good insurance, and training

    Cons

    you would not have overall view of product

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Best team work is working and growing with whole team

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Staff Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Exciting fast-paced environment. Innovation wireless communication products with state-of-art process technology. Great benefits.

    Cons

    long working hours (50~60hrs/wk still not enough), very tight NPI schedule. managers no patients for slow progress and lack of tolerance for errors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    excellent in training, tons of technical material available for employee for self training in Qualcomm library including live video.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Solid Company. Good Environment

    Current Employee - Interim Engineering Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Interim Engineering Intern in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great growth opportunity and work environment. The company sponsors many internal learning and training sessions to learn both internal infrastructures and useful skills that can be used outside the company.

    Cons

    Feels like a big company. Hard to move up or around and big company bureaucracy is widely prevalent. Time commitment is extremely large as well. Most employees work long hours after going home.

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  5.  

    Qualcomm is a good company, that values their employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Technician in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Process Technician in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed working at Qualcomm. It was interesting technology to work with. I also enjoyed my co workers.

    Cons

    I have no cons concerning Qualcomm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Qualcomms management is doing a good job.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Great Company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, friendly co-workers, very good benefits

    Cons

    Try to be too diversified

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should concentrate on the core business and trying not to be too diversified

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad experience

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Qualcomm really cares their people. Benefits are good and good work life balance.

    Cons

    Filled with unprofessional and cutthroat people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Fast growing, cutting edge technology, great benefits

    Cons

    Great leadership, but too many layers. Very hierarchical. Not much options for individual contributors not interested in management tracks. Main business focus is in San Diego and for CDMA technologies. Struggles with global organization structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More choices for employees to grow laterally. Way too hierarchical and inflexible compared to Silicon Valley companies. Long term employees are good in one way, but are bad that they know only one way to do things. Innovation will be thwarted if status quo is the primary goal. Focus on fresh new ways of doing things and thinking outside the box at all levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    staff engineer

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

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

    Pros

    good managemnent. Taking care og all employees

    Cons

    I don't have any cons. no miscomuunication...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Fun internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Interim Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Interim Engineering in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great work culture
    Amazing intern benefits (housing, relocation, paid trip to San Diego, SF Giants game)
    Good work-life balance
    Excellent period for the company growth-wise

    Cons

    My original intern project was well-planned out but once my mentor quit, I was re-assigned. So project given is hit and miss.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More the interns, the merrier

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good starting point for career in Silicon Valley

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

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

    Pros

    - Qualcomm has some cool hardware teams in Silicon Valley.
    - Can be a great place to pick up some embedded software or test engineering skills.
    - Good work-life balance
    - Free drinks/sodas

    Cons

    - Not as many opportunities as San Diego HQ
    - Feels like projects in the Bay Area are treated as experimental, and HQ is fine cutting entire teams/divisions
    - Takes a little too long to get promoted. Some employees deserve a promotion at least a year before it finally happens.
    - Salary is noticeably less than similar companies nearby, but Qualcomm's health, bonuses, and RSU program outweigh most companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are tons of amazing companies for software engineers in Silicon Valley. There needs to be more reasons for software engineers to choose Qualcomm over other companies. Qualcomm's benefits are great, but not as appealing to young talent as the perks/benefits of other companies in the area.

    Qualcomm's is working on some very innovative and exciting projects in the Bay Area. Why not give employees more of an exciting environment and culture, similar to nearby startups? Qualcomm's buildings feel too corporate for this region.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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