Qualcomm - Stimulating work environment, smart colleagues, great benefits and work/life balance - but big company growth blues | Glassdoor
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"Stimulating work environment, smart colleagues, great benefits and work/life balance - but big company growth blues"

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Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
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Pros

Working at Qualcomm (in particular in the San Diego headquarters) offers great learning from all sources everyday - colleagues, countless seminars, technology fairs, etc. Excellent work culture for the most part, good employees are respected and rewarded.

Cons

Qualcomm has grown to be a large company, in particular in the last 10 years. The work culture and growth potential have, naturally, evolved accordingly. This means:

(1) Although the company is innovating in multiple new technology areas, in most parts of the company, innovation is recognized and rewarded only in the more traditional (3G, 4G) technologies.

(2) Qualcomm has become a very top heavy company. Due to the incumbents who started in the company early, and never left, low outside opportunities in the San Diego area, and simply the company being a great place to work, the layer of SVPs and VPs is huge.

(3) There is a good chance that younger and very talented engineers will be (are) frustrated, as promotions are, to a great extent, a slave of "protocol", which is applied in equal measure to everyone - regardless of talent. ("Although you're outstanding, we cannot promote you in two years because on average it takes four, etc.").

Advice to Management

Qualcomm's executive leadership should try to develop a systematic and disciplined view of future technology strategy. The company should invest in diversifying into innovation in areas non-traditional to its core competence - which it is, but it should do so in a way that the new projects can be successfully brought to market and monetized.

Other Employee Reviews for Qualcomm

  1. "good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great benefits, good work culture, technology hub

    Cons

    too much heavy weight at top, so career advancement is slow


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work - strong benefits, nice facility, easy to make it a career opportunitiy.

    Cons

    Can be very political. Too much consensus needed for everything which builds complacency. People are afraid to change things.

    Advice to Management

    Force your leaders to make decisions. Many senior leaders do not lead - they just orchestrate.

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