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"Incredible place to work"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (Less than a year)

Pros

Very professional and friendly coworkers. Everyone made me feel welcome from day one. The perks of working at Qualcomm are like nothing you will see at your normal company. All the break rooms are stocked with complimentary drinks, fruits, snacks, etc.. The pay is great ( for those who say its average they need to get real.. Very good considering the job climate right now). Health benefits are incredible. They offer $0 deductible health benefits. This would have cost me 9k a year at my previous employer for a family plan. On site gyms with tv's. Bi annual pay bumps. Stock options. What more could you ask for?

Cons

Tough to get a job here.

Advice to Management

Keep the business coming...

Other Employee Reviews for Qualcomm

  1. Helpful (13)

    "Think carefully before committing yourself."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you love technical work this is for you (and don't mind leaving the family alone).
    If you like company politics, come here, its a playground for that.
    Business/Administrative folks have better work life than engineers, engineers are underlings.
    When it comes to layoffs or team shutdowns, engineers are protected but project/administrative/non-technical mgm't personnel are let go.
    Interdepartmental job transfer is great for lateral transfers.
    If your idea for a new business is chosen, and QC will fund it, you can lead it (this is the correct way to build up your job title - like a start up)

    Cons

    -What used to be a wonderful place to work has dramatically changed in the last 5 years
    -For salaried engineers - no such thing as work-life balance, you are obligated to work 6-7 days / week
    -new hires get burned out quick, turn over has steadily increased.
    -middle management delegates heavily to lower subordinates.
    -HR is honest, they will tell you are being paid below average, they will not adjust your pay to the market rate unless you've demonstrated exceptional performance after several years(you will need to decide if its worth it). They will tell you the RSU's can makeup for it. But that's not cash in hand
    -the competition is super stiff, your performance review is ranked against the entire business division; not your team mates.
    -Expect executive management to micromanage; but not to help assist
    -Consultants/temps really just work 8 hours, they generally lose the drive to go above and beyond to help you (as they too will burn out), you will need to have skills to be self sufficient.
    -Expect caste-like treatment between manager and employee
    -You will need to be versed in Indian conduct/relationships, otherwise the you might be caught off guard being that you're located in San Diego.

    Advice to Management

    For engineering units: Technical skill set is always a core-requisite, but management skills need improvement badly. Not everyone who's great technically qualifies to be a manager

    profit margins is all mgm't talks about, it's time to listen to the lower subordinates and find out why

    We don't see changes after the employee surveys... what's the point?


  2. Helpful (4)

    "99% politics, 1% actual engineering"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    - medical benefits.
    - many onsite technology lectures.

    Cons

    - lower than average compensation in terms of salary and stocks.
    - too much emphasis on political gains by directors/managers rather than emphasizing on actual engineering work.
    - nobody is willing to make critical decisions when it comes to risk management and setting priorities.
    - no specific promotion guideline, it's mostly dependent on personal relationships with upper management rather than actual contributions.
    - competent engineers keep leaving after getting fed up with too much politics.

    Advice to Management

    Need to realize they have to hire and keep top talents to become successful in this new climate with less royalty revenue. They can't keep alienating top talents with their politics.

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