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Updated March 25, 2017
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  • No work-life balance and highly demanding (in 70 reviews)

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  1. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    An engineering company that seems to be run by engineers. Innovation is valued and rewarded.

    Cons

    You can get pigeonholed into a job description. It's not easy to move between positions if you feel you'd have more to offer elsewhere. Work life balance has leaned more toward work in the last few years.


  2. "Good company, smart people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people
    cutting edge tech
    good benefits (when I was there)
    Good work life balance (depends on the team though)

    Cons

    Benefits started eroding over the years.
    Getting too big


  3. "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.


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  5. "WLAN System Test Engineer"

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    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


  6. "Been good so far"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    It's in San Diego which is nice

    Cons

    No clear vision from top management


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Family Company Turned Sweatshop."

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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.


  8. "Sr Staff Engineering Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Technology and People, resources are usually not a problem to get things done. Always new challenges with new products. The team work is usually a lot of fun.

    Cons

    With short product cycle there are a lot of schedule deadlines that are sometimes requiring lots of hours. There are always people to help you if you ask for help, if you don't ask it's your fault if you miss schedule dates.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people and support them,it will usually be a win-win for everybody


  9. "Senior Staff"

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    Current Employee - Director, Engineering
    Current Employee - Director, Engineering
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High salary, top communications technology (5g, 11AD etc)

    Cons

    Politics at work. Slow promotion - much derived from the years in the company and not contribution. Many slowing down factors dictated by corporate that may make sense for main stream but not necessarily for all domains.

    Advice to Management

    Be more result oriented in biz and development. Request local magement to show timely results and be efficient with resources.


  10. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good for hardware professionals

    Cons

    Not very good if you want to build up a career as a Software Developer


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Cost cutting, churn and trouble executing"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    1. Benefits still better than industry norm, despite significant cuts in 2016. Company chips in about $2,500 for HSA.
    2. Many employees get individual offices, although this leads to a somewhat solitary environment.
    3. San Diego location is good, although traffic has really gotten bad, almost like the SF Bay Area.
    4. Employees are pretty sharp and have a lot of technical rigor.
    5. Still maintains a semblance of the original California tech company feel, although what is left might die with the NXP merger.

    Cons

    1. Extreme cost cutting has become the norm. Even buying a $30 mouse can take a month after vetting by 4-5 people, including two bean counters, two managers and an IT guy. Any equipment over $200 could take in excess of 6 months and require approval up to CTO! It's so ridiculous it took me weeks to get a tape dispenser and I never succeeded in getting some other basic supplies.
    2. Constant churn in people and projects, including management. Projects are started and canceled almost on a monthly basis. Makes it impossible to accomplish anything, which gets taken out on the employee come review time. Your boss might leave right before review time, leaving you dead in the water.
    3. Extreme level of bureaucracy means it is hard to get any work done. Not even clear who is really in charge. Simple decisions blessed by CEO or CTO can be overruled by division leaders.
    4. Highly profitable IP licensing business (QTL) prevents company from embracing open source or other publicly available data or code. This leads to major execution problems as the world becomes increasingly tuned to shared IP.
    5. NXP acquisition is another market dominance play, trying to combine two old, slow growth companies to birth a young, fast growing firm. Seems unlikely to work and will mean jettisoning any remaining California tech firm culture.
    6. Managers practice extreme micromanagement. This lowers productivity and can make simple tasks take 3-5x longer. No real trust in the employee, even for long time VPs and directors.
    7. Company only knows how to play in its old business of licensing wireless IP and selling the corresponding chips. Lots of failed R&D investments simply because they either canceled them a year or two before the market took off, or couldn't figure out how to monetize it, even though competitors eventually were making a killing in the same spaces.

    Advice to Management

    You need a strong CEO and CTO that puts Wall Street in its place and fights the creeping effects of irrational cost cutting and quarterly capitalism. Return to a strategy of making bold investments that are forcefully executed until either success or failure is apparent. Return to valuing employees and hiring the best, not the cheapest, so that innovation stifling micromanagement is not necessary. Most of all, don't be afraid to take a risk and make an organic investment.



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