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Updated July 21, 2017
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  • Work life balance has leaned more toward work in the last few years (in 334 reviews)

  • No work-life balance and highly demanding (in 73 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Sr. Staff"

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer/Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer/Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You live in San Diego.

    Cons

    Too stressful! HR has been trying to improve work life balance but the culture is suffering from the vicious circle. If you don't work late night and weekends your review and bonus suffers. Despite the lip service "we must reward productivity and not long hours".

    Too many a holes are being promoted despite the CEO's claim "we don't promote a-holes". HR does not protect the individuals from retaliation from higher ups unless where the retaliation might create legal problems (e.g. sexual harassment)

    Advice to Management

    No advice other than that upper management made way too many mistakes and stock price and the employees suffered as a result. Upper management must be fired. Thinking that the ones that made so many mistakes are the same ones that will improve the business is insane.

    Also Q must stop moving more jobs to India and China. Qualcomm is now too vulnerable if any destabilizing events took place in these countries (e.g. India Pakistan war)


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Management teams are too well paid"

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    Former Employee - Staff, Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Staff, Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Licensing business ensures a upper hand position as compared to competitors . Weak competitors outlook. Advanced technology. Complete solutions for customers.

    Cons

    Top heavy. Employees tend to talk then do. Management teams too well paid. Company structure does not encourage proper top-down management.

    Advice to Management

    About time to revamp the whole organization structure.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great - if you are a wireless guy"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Definitely very stable, if you are looking for stability...

    Cons

    Not doing that well right now

    Advice to Management

    train your employers - work on processes to reduce politics


  4. Helpful (15)

    "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.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    brand name might be helpful

    Cons

    make you work long hours

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Volatile, regular lay-offs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, challenging projects, decent compensation

    Cons

    Volatile environment. Lay-offs happen very frequently and projects get killed. Disagreements with big customers make a big dent on the stock price.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Management and work environment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Used to be a good place to work. Had good benefits and good co-workers.

    Cons

    Most of management does now want to change status quo and are very biased. They have no clue on how to really reduce their cost structure - want to stick to status quo and are totally clueless and behind the curve. Reactive vs proactive and too many meetings. A lot of favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Go fix yourself and learn to listen to people who can make a difference - instead of playing favoritism and playing games. you have the lowest margins in the business because your whole structure is wrong and bloated. All you can do is buy companies to fight competition and are not really good at everything. That is why you bought CSR and NXP - no technology leadership.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Negative work life balance. Expect weekends and overnight calls."

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    Former Employee - Product Test Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Product Test Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - You will gain ATE tester experience.
    - Great city to live in.
    - Professional employees.

    Cons

    - Product Test Engineering department is like a 24/7 grinder. Unless they grind you 24/7, Qualcomm will not be able to keep up with the demand for consumer chips which are in high demand.

    - You will only gain ATE tester experience. You will get cornered into ATE and your career will not have other possibilities and you will get stuck in production manufacturing environments.
    Even though Qualcomm makes cutting edge technology, as a product test engineer your knowledge will be constrained and you will gain no knowledge of design, architecture etc.

    - Great city to live in. But you will not have time to enjoy it. We got calls during weekends and also got calls around 3-4AM to resolve tester issues so that production will not stall. Qualcomm took no measures to arrange a night shift and if you don't answer the call, it will be noted in the system and you will get chopped eventually.

    - Professional employees. 90% of them are under the age of 30 and are Indian. It will be easier if you are Indian too.

    Advice to Management

    Improve Work Life balance. Your profits are being made by taking money out of employees pockets.

    The extra 5 hours an employee works per week on top of the 50 hour work week means Qualcomm is making 5 x 50$ = $250 / employee / week.

    Let's say there are 250 employees. So it is $250 x 250 = $62,500 / week.

    Or $62,500 x 4 weeks = $250,000 / month.

    So Qualcomm makes a profit of $3 Million (250k x 12 months) simply by putting their hands into employees pockets.

    It will be $9 Million for anything over 40 hour work week.

    And Qualcomm made a profit of $6 Billion in 2015.

    What is happening here?????????????????


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Staff Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay is Ok. Still has some good technical people. San Diego is a great city to live in.

    Cons

    Many layers of management that exists to collect reports from below and pass it up the chain. Add very little value. Was a core tech company at one time where ideas ruled. Has unfortunately degenerated into a company of many bean counters.

    Advice to Management

    Flatten the hierarchy and requie the middle managers to actually do some technical work to stay relevant


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great R and D and technology

    Cons

    Wifi division lost so many good people , new management is bad and technically incompetent

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing politics and adopting YES culture , should innovate instead , very bad thing going on in QCA division .


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