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Qualcomm Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
1,848 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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    Field Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great learning experience. The managers and directors were very approachable and knowledgable ready to get their hands dirty. Great work environment

    Cons

    Sometimes it was necessary to work long hours and weekends to meet the deadlines

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Enriching experience working in different aspects of Wireless technology.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Software Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Software Test Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Positive, go-getter work environment.
    Technically savvy workforce that feeds off one another.

    Cons

    Long hours search for solutions to various Wireless connectivity problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Positive work environment really helped development of high quality products and suggest keeping it up.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Interim engineering intern

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

    I worked at Qualcomm as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    1) Great working environment
    2) Very smart coworkers
    3) Great locations (e.g., Silicon Valley and San Diego)
    4) Pretty decent salary
    5) They have an excellent intern program

    Cons

    1) In many groups, group meetings are not open to interns
    2) Long hours, specially for project deadlines
    3) Not as many perks as you would get in companies such as Google

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let interns learn more about other projects within the company

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    Reasonably good

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Good Benefits. Work is organized

    Cons

    Not enough development. Wifi team is doing average

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    staff engineer

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    • 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 benefit, and good name in the industry.

    Cons

    Some low to middle managers treat engineers with no respect, and demanding. thinking they are the BOSS. Poor managers can make your professional life miserable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    work and life balance

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    • 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
  8.  

    Sr Engineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sr Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Sr Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, decent work like balance provided you work at the San Diego location as all the interesting work happens there. Other centers are treated as satellite sites to aid the main team. Also, folks are more interested in getting promotions than doing any original work. If you do not join the right team with the right designation, you are in for a tough experience.

    Cons

    Too much of middle management which has taken focus away from engineering culture. The company needs to get back to the philosophy it started with

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    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
  10.  

    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 a 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.

  11.  

    Qualcomm is a good company, that values their employees.

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    • 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

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