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Qualcomm Boulder Reviews

Updated March 27, 2017
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  • Work life balance has leaned more toward work in the last few years (in 322 reviews)

  • No work-life balance and highly demanding (in 72 reviews)

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  1. "Staff Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work on cutting edge technologies
    Opportunity to work some incredibly smart people.
    Good Mentors to help you grow professionally (depending on your team/division).
    Good Benefits.
    Decent Salary. Better than average benefits.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance could be an issue. Particularly during "bringups" and other shipment deadlines.
    Upper management can be disconnected from reality sometimes.
    Career growth slower in remote sites compared to San Diego.
    (For Software Engineers), your skillset might stagnate if you are not careful about choosing your work.
    Decisions can be political. (Affects mostly Sr. Staff and above).

    Advice to Management

    - Work on employee morale (beyond namesake efforts such as climate surveys).
    - Ensure fair review process, with some type of "ombudsman" to redress employee issues. Although systems are in place now, most employees do not trust them.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Uncertain future, going through a lot of difficulties"

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits relative to most companies. Interesting work (latest and greatest communication technology like 4G LTE and 5G). Smart people.

    Cons

    Serious financial difficulties began a few years ago. Lots of cost cutting. Bonuses and stock are shrinking. Promotions are almost impossible to obtain (many people waiting, small pool available). Culture of overtime.

    Advice to Management

    Your shrinking bonuses/stock and lack of promotions are driving your best people to leave for other companies like Google. You can't afford to let this happen.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Slowdown on innovation front"

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people (upto a certain job level), OK compensation/benefits, but they are not keeping up with industry lately.

    Cons

    No risk taking in middle upper management level, Upper management keeps trying to please customer, middle management keeps trying to please upper management. Hardly any new innovation being here. QC has started buying other companies doing something new, rather than trying it for themselves.

    Advice to Management

    They should try to retain talent.


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  5. "Interesting Work, good work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging and interesting work, good work-life balance, good culture, not at all secretive - very good at sharing technical information about different projects and other initiatives, engineering driven company so easy to find many people who passionately talk about technology, decent amount of resources for learning and self development

    Cons

    Benefits are not as good as some of our competitors and other large software firms. The process(bug tracking, feature requests, product line management, too many customer specific branches) can be sometimes overwhelming, but the management is at least receptive to suggestions and improvements, though a little slow w.r.t implementing improvements.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the benefits specifically base salary and RSUs otherwise we might lose a good number of top performers.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Tough Cookies"

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Started off as a great employer of embedded engineers in the USA -- getting rarer and rarer to find those jobs these days. Pay and benefits WERE excellent. Co-workers were generally pretty sharp.

    Cons

    Bonuses / benefits completely destroyed. Went from pretty great to very, very bad. Layoff after layoff. Half of campus gone, people still leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck.


  7. "Ok place"

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ok place with lots of work pressure. Quality of people is reasonable. Not the best place to work if you are an engineer.

    Cons

    Demotivating, lot of hard work with less benefits and salaries do to match market.


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Avoid"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Most of us get an office with a door
    - Great access to very current technology
    - Plenty of places to park
    - Friendly people in the halls
    - Looks great on a resume

    Cons

    - Uncompetitive salaries - pay is mediocre at best
    - Poor benefits, bad health coverage
    - Low morale
    - NO JOB SECURITY
    - Stagnant management; not a lot of advancement opportunity
    - No raises in 18+ months
    - Culture is "Work long hours, keep your head down, don't ask questions, be glad you didn't get laid off."

    Advice to Management

    In the all-hands meetings you keep talking about wanting to stop the exodus and attract top talent, but offer sub-standard pay and a lamentable benefits package. No one is working long hours out of the goodness of their hearts and no one is working 50 hour weeks because we love the technology. The talent is fleeing this company because the company no longer does anything that attracts the talent.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good choice"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Always at the forefront of cutting edge technology. The company is a leader in the marketplace. Yo get challenging assignments to work on. Compensation is good compared to the marketplace. Above average.

    Cons

    Heavy workload can sometimes cause poor design decisions. Its not always symbiotic relationship within different orgs in the company

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are your most valuable asset. Figure out a way to keep them happy whether it be through compensation or better harmony between top level sub-orgs.


  10. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    Pay well, friendly people, interesting work, nice environment. They appear to be on the rebound

    Cons

    Too much tribal knowledge, Company grew too large too fast always relying on continued high growth. When that failed, even for short time, company was forced to layoff about 15% of their workforce.

    Advice to Management

    Start using Documents, not wikis and use a document control system to people can easily find documents they need.
    Need more diversified product portfolio


  11. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    High quality engineering processes maintained.
    Collaborative working environment with opportunities to work in various fields.
    Qualcomm is leader in chip designing for phones so a lot of opportunities to innovate.
    Qualcomm employee size is always maintained, so fewer worries about company future due to aggressive expansion.

    Cons

    Mostly support work in India.
    Multiple chipsets carrying lots of legacy code, so maintenance is more focused than development.
    Hard office hours depending on team.


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