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Qualcomm California Reviews

Updated March 13, 2017
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  • Work life balance is a major con (in 315 reviews)

  • No work-life balance and highly demanding (in 70 reviews)

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  1. "WLAN System Test Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - WLAN Systems Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - WLAN Systems Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lot to learn, fast paced

    Cons

    No work-life balance and highly demanding


  2. "Accountant"

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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, decent benefits, nice people

    Cons

    Long working hours, to many managers


  3. "Senior Hardware Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay package & Bonus compared to other semicondutor companies, Good work atmosphere

    Cons

    Health Insurance used to be good, not so easy work life balance


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  5. "Staff engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    raises every 6 months. Challenging projects. Diversity. Benefits.

    Cons

    Stack ranking, no work life balance, good ole boy management. Top heavy

    Advice to Management

    Cut the fat at your top levels. Start treating lower level works with more respect, especially your engineering work force


  6. "Good company but could be better"

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    Former Employee - Staff RF Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Staff RF Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology for cellular, smart co-workers, great health benefits

    Cons

    Stifling because you're pigeonholed based on your expertise. Culture doesn't embrace risk taking. Profit margins are too low to truly live the idea that employees are its greatest asset.

    Advice to Management

    Higher more smart creatives (people who are inclined to create and discover) and not simply focus on those who deliver.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not the same company it used to be. Not bad, but not great!"

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    Current Employee - IT Director in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - IT Director in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was one of the greatest places to work.

    Cons

    A lot of IT is finding its way out of the USA reducing in country opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Maximize the value to the stock holder!!!!!


  8. "Endless work. Startup Atmosphere. Strong Leadership."

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    Current Employee - Community Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Community Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Management cares deeply about its people. I was told routinely to not work so hard. Hours are completely flexible, but I was part-time and worked from home. They are trying to raise money and bring people to an office full-time, so I guess that will change. Very welcoming to new ideas.

    Cons

    Goals shift fairly often. My job description never really changed. I was always tasked with more or less the same things, so my responsibilities were always the same, but what we were working toward changed fairly frequently. I can't blame them, though. They had very little money and were being pushed and pulled. Startups ...

    Advice to Management

    Get that money and solidify goals so we are all working toward one thing.


  9. "Senior Engineer"

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work culture is great
    Competitive peers
    Get to learn a lot and use latest technologies

    Cons

    Poor communication from higher management


  10. "Good Internship -- but choose your team wisely!"

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    Former Intern - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company. Located north of San Diego in La Jolla. Very upscale town with beach nearby! I was a summer intern there. I loved meeting the other interns and getting to know about the company. If I could do it all over again, I would have chosen a different team to more align my work with my personal career choices. I removed one start because I think this company needs to work hard to keep itself up meaning it doesn't innovate enough! (A lot of Qualcomm's revenue comes from patents and intellectual property. This is to say the company 'compels' manufactures to pay for Qualcomm's 'innovations' instead of truly innovating and then watching the customers come running to the company to buy its cool tech.

    Cons

    It's not Silicon Valley but close enough!


  11. "Engineering Tech Int"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with whom were knowledgeable, helpful and had integrity.

    Cons

    Not the small company feel it once was.

    Advice to Management

    My department was run like any great company should be however other departments had a lot of overhead of management.



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