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"Not bad"

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

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

Pros

Large company, good compensation,San diego is a good city with nice weather to live. Living cost here, especially house price might not be higher as bay area

Cons

work life balance might not be good. Neet to work overtime frequently. If you are consider the work life balance. Qualcomm might not be a good choice for you.

Other Employee Reviews for Qualcomm

  1. "Amazing Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great work, amazing people, lot of activities, and in a nutshell, most amazing experience of working in a company

    Cons

    none really. Everything was done really well


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Good for Developers/Engineers, not for IT Staff"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Architect in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - IT Architect in San Diego, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Qualcomm has world class software developers and hardware engineers that make amazing products. The company culture is to give these engineers whatever tools they need to get the job done in the right way. Some may call them "spoiled", but this boosts their productivity. Healthcare is nearly free (minimal co-pays, no cost premium, good coverage for other services), company culture is great, working on a lot of leading edge technologies.

    A lot of "Q" this and "Q" that (e.g. QLife, etc.) and they order in lunch often, have free sodas and snacks, and a lot of people get real offices vice being in a cube farm. Certainly not a Google where you get completely free meals and you can bring your pet to work, but a good innovative culture. Twice a year bonuses, cash awards, and stock grants are great. Qualcomm really puts a lot of time and effort into the twice-yearly review process. They really do a 360 degree view of the person with third party input. Most thorough review process I've ever seen.

    Cons

    Working in IT at Qualcomm is filled with cons and few positives. IT staff are second class citizens, playing second fiddle to developers and "real" engineers. Yes they bring in the money, but a professional IT degreed engineer is not compensated or looked at in the same way as a developer. Since the "real" engineers are fairly spoiled, IT is constantly being pulled at their whim with little planning or time to do it right. Highly reactive, which often results in less than optimal IT solutions. Engineers then look down upon IT for providing half-baked solutions, even when we were totally left out of any up-front planning and they need something "yesterday".

    Corporate IT is also highly siloed, and people get put in a box and rarely let out. If you are an Exchange administrator, then you have zero insight into storage, virtualization, networking, etc. Or maybe all you do is administer load balancers. Very little cross-discipline training or exposure. This stunts IT skills and IT careers. Everyone has their rice bowls, and getting major tasks accomplished that cross multiple groups is very painful. The helpdesk tries their best, but lacks good training and skilled staff. Extremely high turnover, and not very happy customers.

    Because the perks and company are good overall, the poor IT performers stay and rarely seem to leave. Getting HR to fire someone is nearly impossible and takes 6-9 months if not more, even if the person clearly is not even remotely performing at their level. HR is highly risk adverse, which causes major pain for staff managers and makes the teams suffer.

    Bottom line is if you want to work in IT, don't go to Qualcomm. If you are a skilled software developer or hardware engineer, Qualcomm may be your perfect job.

    Advice to Management

    Give HR and managers more authority to much more quickly terminate staff that are clearly not towing their weight and causing morale problems. Increase IT staffing and replace the IT leadership team that values cross-functionality, diverse skills, career growth, working together, and puts aside the rice bowls. IT staff should not be second class citizens, and if they have the same degrees and years of relevant experience they should be compensated the same as the "real" developers and engineers.


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