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Updated July 15, 2017
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  • Work life balance has leaned more toward work in the last few years (in 334 reviews)

  • No work-life balance and highly demanding (in 73 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Do not pursue employment at Qualcomm"

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    Former Employee - IT Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Past reputation. If you enjoy spending 50% of your time in conference rooms without windows that smell of mold filled with broken stained chairs and tables that are falling apart - this is your company! Company looks great from afar but once you actually start working it's a different story.

    Cons

    Qualcomm will own you. They will state in your legal documentation that you are free to do what you want on your own time as long as it doesn't conflict with Qualcomm business but if you do you will be fired without notice. Qualcomm wants you to be Innovative, but if you do so on your free time, they will fire you for even working on a simple free app for a cell phone that has nothing to do with their business.

    Their pay is low and their health insurance used to be good but deduct 5k from your salary since they now have a 5k deductible before you get any benefit from their health plan.

    You will be given little or no opportunity to progress your career as promotions as they are issued out as a popularity contest. If you do a great job, work late hours, but don't interface with outside teams you won't even get a chance of being considered for promotion. Leave the company and come back a few years later and they may hire you at a better title, that's really the only way.

    You will be required to work overtime as everyone at Qualcomm is. Qualcomm only allows their time tracking to show 40 hours a week (I can only imagine for liability purposes) so even if you work your butt off you won't be able to prove it. Qualcomm hires a lot of people coming from other countries and works them to death. When employees finally figure that out, they leave which is why Qualcomm has such a large turnover.

    Not a great experience at all.

    Advice to Management

    I don't believe there are actually any managers at Qualcomm. Managers should be interested in helping you career develop and scheduling time to talk to you about your projects and how they can help. I've never had that, Managers at Qualcomm prefer not to be bothered.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Senior engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No pros, only cons. Huge overtime negative outlook insane lower management dishonest upper

    Cons

    Very disgusting internal politics and company culture

    Advice to Management

    Resign asap to keep your face

  3. Helpful (5)

    "The ship has sunk."

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

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

    Pros

    Good work in some groups. Some smart engineers still in the company. Nice campus in San Diego. Weather!

    5G adoption might be an upside in 2020 possibly.

    Cons

    Pay is not comparable to other tech companies.
    Losing talent due to attrition.
    Massive cost cutting.
    Can't attract the best people currently as talent quality is going down.
    Severely understaffed in many groups.
    Cash bonuses and RSUs practically non existent for last few years.
    Leadership lacks vision and is risk averse.
    Horrible medical plan. (Previous plan was great)
    Annual review cycle from twice a year is just a cost cutting tactic.

    Advice to Management

    You have lost and continue to lose talent very fast mainly due to poor compensation, and reduction in benefits/cost cutting. It might already be too late to recover.

    Listen to employee feedback.

    Don't be too over confident and dismiss competitors.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Poor Culture"

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    Current Employee - PMIC VI Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - PMIC VI Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a job that pays the bills.

    Cons

    Work ethics are terrible in my department. Backstabbing and favorism are rampant and encouraged. Director/lead brought poor cultural values and has spoiled the work place. This poor culture encourages people to spy on each other and report to the upper management. Director/lead speaks foreign language in the lab and meetings. Managing by yelling and shaming in front of others. No hope for raises, bonuses, or promotions. A lot of good engineers have left already or planning to leave. HR department is useless and helpless, so there is no hope.
    Not a good place for young engineers.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Qualcomm lost its mojo"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Technology leadership
    Access to technology resources

    Cons

    Self-interested senior/executive management
    Lack of vision
    Lack of operating discipline

    Advice to Management

    Fire the CEO, hire a seasoned CEO who is a proven, excellent operator.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "The biggest employer of H1B temps"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clarita, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clarita, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to get laid off

    Cons

    Worst corporate citizen, constantly using temporary workers to marginalize employees.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hitting up Indian job-shops for temporary H1B workers, who got their visa by fraud.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "pathetic management - no advancement if you are engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - good location , San Diego
    - Good work and technology
    - Good initial pay
    - onsite activities such as learning, gym etc

    Cons

    - no work life balance
    -almost governament type hikes in salary
    -too micromanagement and spying by management that trickles into your private life, ruining your private life too.
    - management stalks after you suggesting insecurity in them.

    Advice to Management

    - Dont bother about what subordinate does, do your part well and do your work well.
    - Dont micromanage

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Poor Management, Failing Business Model"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large, Established company that will probably take many years to go all the way down the toilet

    Cons

    Incompetent Management
    Obsolete Business Model
    Layoffs, Demotions and Pay Cuts
    Low Employee Morale
    Decreasing Stock Value
    Highly Political Work Environment
    Commodity Product
    Unfair Employment Practice

    Advice to Management

    First and foremost, the current promotion and incentive system has resulted in incompetent management that is sinking the company. Stop rewarding people based on their abilities in areas having nothing to do with management. As an example, a good friend was harassed and threatened by a manager who said to him, "things will be much better for your personally if you do things my way." That goes against everything I've ever been taught about management, and is no way to motivate a man with an engineering Ph.D. from a Top Three school. My advice to management will never be heeded, because no one wants to hear that they are the problem, but that's definitely the case at this company. So my next best advice is to get out while you can.

    Cell phone and telecommunications protocol businesses are in a low margin international commodity market. Phase out those markets and put resources into emerging technologies that have a more promising future.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Keeps going downhill"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I can't think of any pros.

    Cons

    Health benefits continue to decline.
    Constant fear of layoffs: The beatings will continue until morale improves!
    Tons of layoffs a year ago and today there are yet more layoffs. Even worse is that we have to train our overseas replacements!

    Advice to Management

    Have more respect for your employees. Qualcomm was once the place that everyone wanted to work. Not anymore.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Horrible management, no work/life balance, a lot of unhappiness. Avoid like the plague!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Verification Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Verification Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Onsite gym, San Diego weather, onsite training courses assuming you have the time to attend.

    Cons

    Countless! Management is terrible in this company. The place is heavily political and hostile. The environment inside the company is dog-eat-dog. For each person who gets a "good" performance review, an equal number of people must receive a "bad" performance review no matter how well they have done since people performance has to follow a bell curve distribution. This leads to cutthroat internal competition. Backstabbing within the team is encouraged and rewarded. My manager asked me blatantly to spy on my coworkers, find mistakes in their work, and write those things in reports behind my coworkers back since I am popular and respected among my peers. When I refused to do so, he threatened me that he will lower my performance and I will miss a promotion. I tried to look for another group to switch to within the company but failed. Switching groups via IOS is extremely difficult and almost impossible without the help of your manager, so if things aren’t so good between both of you then forget it, you better find job at a different company.

    HR folks are useless and liars, don’t ever think of going to them with a complaint. They will almost always give you the wrong advice and will contact your manager behind your back and tell him that you came to them with a complaint even if they promised it will be confidential. HR department is just there to protect the company from any possible lawsuits; they don’t give a damn about employees. HR is a useless department completely.

    If you don't want to get chewed up and spit out - and that can happen at any time - don't work there. The pay, which is below average, and benefits aren't worth the stress; it can make you physically ill. If you want to be a “good” performer by their standards, you are constantly stressing about being visible, not upsetting the wrong people and trying to stay ahead of your peers by any means, and if you have ethics, generally you don't do well. I know people who have done some truly unbelievable things to get ahead. If you aren’t cool enough then you will be singled out and targeted even by people you don’t work directly with. Be careful; don’t let yourself to be an escape goat for their failure. People advance in this company by backstabbing and connection with corrupt middle/upper management. You have to be your manager’s favorite pet to get a promotion. A bad manager can really prevent your career growth no matter how well you performed or what other people think of you.

    The performance review process at Qualcomm is entirely flawed and completely subjective. Managers have the right to veto and override all 3rd-party feedbacks on an employee. They use this to create phony PIPs to eliminate anyone who dares to question their practices.

    They hire a lot of fresh college grads with PhDs to do menial bench test work and treat them like indentured servants because most of them are foreigners and they need visa sponsorship to stay in the country. Qualcomm likes to hire PhDs straight out of college to make sure that they don’t have previous work experience so they don’t know that the workplace could be better elsewhere, and work them 24/7 in a killing environment. What they say in the interview is completely different from what the actual job is, a lot of sugar coating. The work is boring, repetitive, requires basic programming skills or not at all, copying and pasting. Basically the positions are low level engineering job that a technician with an associate degree can perform, however the internal policy requires that the job is filled with recent grads holding advanced degree. Utilizing your knowledge is frowned upon because that threatens your lead/manager’s image and makes him look weak. Most likely your work will be stolen by your lead. Managers are unappreciative, insulting and downright rude. If you have a PhD don’t waste your hard gained education or time here.

    Foreign nationals in the company from India and China alone constitute more than 90% of the work force (diversity?!!). Those foreigners gang together, speak their own language in meeting rooms, labs, and hallways, and, shamelessly, hire and give promotions to their own kind. They hide work related information and keep the information within. They also gossip and share departments’ internal matters with their buddies in India and China. That creates a hostile environment for people who aren’t racially/ethnically related to the group members or not from the same region/village.

     Mid-level and upper-level management are insecure and totally useless and clueless, they are there just to collect status from the engineers who do the actual work. Those managers create a lot of useless meetings, wasting the engineers’ precious time, while spending the majority of their day resting and vesting.

    The list goes on and on. That caused a few people to commit suicide by jumping from the 11th floor balcony in San Diego campus. That just shows how horrible the environment is for foreigners to kill themselves in a company that claims to be one of the best 50 companies to work for in the world! If you are well educated, have morals and values then think twice before joining this unhealthy environment.

    Working at Qualcomm feels like living in a third world country on an American soil.

    Advice to Management

    Managers are hopeless case, get rid of most of them seriously.


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