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Updated June 22, 2017
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  • Work life balance has leaned more toward work in the last few years (in 329 reviews)

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

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  1. "Staff Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    very good work life balance

    Cons

    always cut cost, cannot attract people


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Hardware Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    good work environment for new grad

    Cons

    need to work during weekend


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Poor Culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  4. "Senior Modem Firmware Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Senior Firmware Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Firmware Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Work culture, flexible hours etc

    Cons

    tight project deadlines, might need to work on weekends


  5. "Good company to start from."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, flexible work time.

    Cons

    Dirty politics in some departments!

    Advice to Management

    Increase leadership skills as well as management skills in some departments.


  6. "Overall good"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Good compensation. Smart people.

    Cons

    No transparency. Don't know how to keep good engineer.

    Advice to Management

    Should pay more attention to what their employees think.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Qualcomm lost its mojo"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Did Qualcomm grow too big too fast?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good work/life balance is definitely achievable, at least where I was.
    - Working with great people who care about a quality product.
    - Moved from matrix style managers to direct report managers.
    - Lots of interesting problems to solve.

    Cons

    - Work culture has taken a big hit recently with various layoffs and lawsuits
    - Has grown into somewhat of a monolithic software company that moves slowly internally. Also, a lot of the internal tools and processes are outdated or unrefined.
    - The communication and collaboration between different teams is abysmal.
    - Benefits package getting worse every year.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your employees and try to become a faster, more agile company. Try to understand what your employees actually do day to day and listen to their suggestions. Stop taking outrageous bonuses yourself while laying off hundreds of people.


  9. Helpful (15)

    "Family Company Turned Sweatshop."

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

    I worked at Qualcomm (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get to sample a little bit of everything as a design/analysis engineer. The technologies that Qualcomm is involved in are cool and you get an opportunity to see where the electronics industry is headed in the future. I would say there's a lot of flexibility and job training, depending on what team you're on. There are really smart people at this company...for now. If you're in it for U.S. citizenship it seems that their immigration support is great, but you will work for it.

    The pay is okay compared to most companies.

    Cons

    The CEO is absolute GARBAGE and so are most of the SVP's. They don't know what they're doing with this company. The culture is dead, benefits are going downhill, engineers are no longer motivated to work, and top talent is leaving. Not to mention the CEO did nothing when immigration was threatened and he paid himself $60.7M during the year of layoffs. The previous CEO cared about his workers, this current one does not.

    The cultural downturn is a drag on your work ethic because everyone is moping around. Teams are now hoarding information in fear of being let go. They're acquiring companies left and right and the jobs are moving overseas. I honestly would say unless you're in it for the H1B and U.S. citizenship, run far FAR away if you have another offer in hand.

    Projects get cancelled before they're completed, even if QC is trying to enter a viable market. I think the company is however large enough that it will survive. They're not opening reqs, so if 10 people from your team leave and there were 20 people to begin with, you're stuck with the work of those 10 people. Apparently when Paul and Erwin Jacobs were running the company it was more family oriented and the employees were valued.

    If Intel catches up to QC's modem technology or they lose the Apple lawsuit, the company is dead. That's sort of a scary thing considering how they're investing billions into it as well. The constant threat of layoffs and lack of perks that other tech companies provide will add way too much stress to your life that it's best just not to care much about your work, which means your career won't grow as best as it should.

    Advice to Management

    Paying yourself big bonuses for failing is called leeching. If your employees aren't getting fair bonuses and RSU's then you shouldn't either. Don't buy private company jets when you're laying people off! Focus on building the company's culture again and not sucking up to investors. Maybe even care about retaining talent?

    Another thing, you should have your ear to the ground on what technologies are coming and prepare for them. The job of a CEO/CTO is to drive the company into innovative markets and 5G was going to come whether QC got involved or not, just as 6G will. Don't pat yourself on the back CEO because we had to move to 5G, find other markets that will add another stream of revenue.

    Remember, your employees are not just numbers, they have families, lives, and most have/had genuine vested interest in the company's success. Stop trying to generate profits by cutting budgets as much as you can, but try to push innovation and more product sales. Honestly, just bring Paul Jacobs back, he was an innovator, not some COO work you to the bone with no reward type of leader.


  10. "Product Engineer Interview at San Diego"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work culture, smart people

    Cons

    Not that i can think of


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