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Updated August 17, 2017
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  • Hard to keep work life balance (in 338 reviews)

  • No work-life balance and highly demanding (in 74 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "resting on past glory and fading away"

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    • Senior Management
    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 8 years)

    Pros

    good benefits, movie tickets , amusement park tickets

    Cons

    Too much politics affecting career growth, poor leadership, company still resting on past laurels related to CDMA, lack of new innovation which provides competitive advantage, major customers like Samsung and apple developing in house R&D + chip design capabilities

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employee engagement and reward performance , give up arrogant mindset that the customers like apple, others need you. Settle lawsuits and play fair and square to avoid future ones.
    Don't undertake mindless acquisitions


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Beware before you start at PMIC VI"

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    Current Employee - PMIC VI Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - PMIC VI Staff 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

    You get to live in San Diego.

    Cons

    Most of what they tell you at the job interview is incorrect. Very political and clannish culture. You have to be from the same ethnic background of the dir to advance in this department. People sabotaging each other and managers encourage the unethical behavior. The reasoning is to promote competition which is a total BS. A lot of incompetent, insulting and rude managers. Terrible work life balance. Compensation is not good relative to the industry standards. Very depressing atmosphere, avoid PMIC VI at all costs.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "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.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "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.


  5. 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


  6. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  7. 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.

  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "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


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Worst place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unfortunately, There is nothing good about Qualcomm

    Cons

    Everything is worst .

    1. Salaries are less according to industry standards
    2. Their health insurance is just worst since deductibles started on HSA
    3. Lot of politics in management.
    4. Server SOC team in Raleigh is worst with bad management

    Advice to Management

    First, Qualcomm should train managers. Managers have zero respect and zero appreciation for employees. Specially Server SOC physical design team in Raleigh is worst among all Qualcomm teams. I advise anyone to stay away from this team. I regretted my decision to join them 10 years back. Work balance is zero. You have no freedom on weekends. And at the end, managers will bite you in reviews with worst ratings. Really, nothing is going on good here. I am surprised, such a big company has worst management in history.


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