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- "All the benefits are good and recently the company is trying to mimic Google like culture" (in 835 reviews)
- "Working for Qualcomm has been amazing and the people are great." (in 498 reviews)
- "top schools a lot of talents and very helpful to others good salary" (in 353 reviews)
- "It's good pay there and working hour is flexible." (in 341 reviews)
- "People have knowledge and work culture is good" (in 320 reviews)
- "Work Pressure and no work life balance for few teams" (in 805 reviews)
- "Department management is poor which causes chaos and unhappy employees." (in 308 reviews)
- "Too many managers with varied focus pulling projects in different direction is straining engineers and tech leads." (in 154 reviews)
- "Major layoffs in 2015 and again in 2018." (in 131 reviews)
- "Long hours to get the job done; tight schedules to meet to stay competitive in the market place;" (in 115 reviews)
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- 3.0Nov 29, 2023Software EngineerFormer Employee, more than 10 yearsSan Diego, CA
Qualcomm develops unique technology that nobody else has equal expertise with. As an engineer there was amazing opportunities to learn wireless communication protocols that were designed in house.
Performance reviews are completely unfair unless your manager is technically sound and smart enough to recognize the level of your work. Most middle managers are status collectors who were promoted through friendships and alliances that form becuase of incompetence. Many VPs have no reports but then you see they've filed 3,000 patents. Qualcomm's business model is licensing and IP and the litigation lawsuits that follow.
- 2.0Oct 17, 2023Staff Software EngineerCurrent Employee, more than 10 years
Unlimited vacation, amazing health insurance
Qualcomm was an industry leader of innovation for a long time. Because of this, employees have been conditioned to believe they're the best. They're really quite mediocre yet they act like they are better than others. The management consists of engineers internally promoted into management. Stay there long enough and you become Director, Sr. Director, VP, President, etc. The majority of management has no leadership experience outside of Qualcomm and Qualcomm doesn't value training its management. The result is poor leadership that doesn't understand the importance of diversity of thought. The monetary compensation/benefits (salary, bonus, RSUs) is not as competitive as it used to be. The culture has continually degraded over the last decade. A decade ago there was much more innovation happening at all levels, everyone seemed happy around campus and enjoyed talking to each other, and the company provided much more for the employees. After the major 2015 layoffs people started staying in their offices. The fun seemed gone and has never returned. Many fun innovation initiatives were cut. Opportunities provided by Qualcomm for team building among colleagues practically went away.4
- 4.0Nov 29, 2023Principal EngineerFormer Employee, more than 10 yearsSan Diego, CA
- Focus on the growth of individuals. - Many people work there for a long term, growing from intern to director level. - Aggressive promotion is possible depending on the teams
- Race of employees is not very diversified - Long (but flexible) work hours due to support for global sites
- 3.0Nov 27, 2023Engineer, Senior StaffCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearPhiladelphia, PA
Lots of good benefits and incentives. Pay scale seems to be good in order to retain people.
Very hard to get information from other parts of the company. Very much a silo oriented company structure. Lots of politics get in the way of completing your work. Large layoffs in the last year have left employees uncertain.1
- 1.0Nov 28, 2023Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee
I learned that joining a group with bad reputation can damage my career
Avoid this team especially if you just graduated or if you need visa sponsorship. This team can totally ruin your career. Technically very, very low level job. Technicians can do this job easily. Toxic culture and there is nothing to learn.
- 4.0Nov 29, 2023Sr Staff EngineerCurrent Employee, more than 10 yearsSanta Clara, CA
- good work culture (depends on team as well) - has global presence - diversified products
-some orgs are top heavy - too many process which can delays project timelines
- 4.0Nov 23, 2023Product Software IntegrationFormer Employee, more than 1 yearSan Diego, CA
Unlimited PTO Opportunity to work with various teams outside your domain Very good immigration support for workers on temporary visa Well maintained amenities at the campus for relaxation
Depending on the work load of the project we will be expected to provide support on weekends
- 5.0Nov 19, 2023Modem Systems EngineerFormer Employee, more than 8 yearsSan Diego, CA
Get to work with very talented engineers working on cutting-edge technologies
The business outlook is not as great as it was a few years ago. It is harder to make money from selling wireless chipsets.
- 4.0Nov 27, 2023Principal Engineer/ManagerCurrent Employee, more than 10 years
Lot new challenging cutting edge innovations done
Not much as long as you get in right project you will have fun.
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Qualcomm has an overall rating of 4.0 out of 5, based on over 10,223 reviews left anonymously by employees. 81% of employees would recommend working at Qualcomm to a friend and 66% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -2% over the last 12 months.
81% of Qualcomm employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Qualcomm 3.5 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.9 for culture and values and 4.0 for career opportunities.