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Updated November 17, 2017
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  • Work life balance was out of whack (in 364 reviews)

  • No work-life balance and highly demanding (in 76 reviews)

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  1. "sr staff software engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    flex time work hours. good equipment budget

    Cons

    unprofessional middle management in the matrix organization.

    Advice to Management

    care for the people who stuck by your side when things were tough. Don't abandon us now near the end of our careers.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Not good to work"

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    Current Employee - Engineer Senior in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer Senior in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Insurance benefits are good
    Some team mates are very good but most of the time people are useless and lot of political

    Cons

    Lot of politics at all level including engineering level
    work is not good
    lot of leg pulling
    no information sharing
    pay is also not very good

    Advice to Management

    remove politics
    remove email culture for small issues

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Too much politics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits if you are in senior level.

    Cons

    A lot of managers are fighting for promotions and titles.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nothing at this time I can think of.

    Cons

    No Innovation or Creative Work.
    Most of the top management are not technical.
    Lot of politics.
    It is going to be next Nokia.

    Advice to Management

    Time to realize and infuse new blood at top management and technical levels.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Assistance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Used to be # 1 before

    Cons

    Bad recrutements, lack of whites.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Intense invironment."

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    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Bridgewater, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good vacation time

    Cons

    Very intense environment, expect you to respond almost instantly.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "The company has no vision, with the very top execs making the most profits before it collapses"

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

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

    Pros

    -Still one of the better benefits among the companies in San Diego
    -Lots of talented people (though most who were smart enough, or could, have already left)

    Cons

    Reeks of greed. CONSTANT downgrades in everything compared to what it was in the last 10 years... from the quality of toilet paper, removal of reverse osmosis water filters, health plan, Qualstar ($100 peer rewards down to $50), removing access to JCC gyms, charging $4 monthly for 401K, canceling end-of-the-year parties, etc.
    The IT department at Qualcomm used to be world-class. They've outsourced it and nowadays it's a total waste of time; "let me research that" is a typical answer when you ask IT a question - total waste of resources. Laptop refreshers take 5+ years and engineers get stuck with old, outdated equipment. CEO & Jacobs each took $59 million in bonus a few years ago when employees were getting laid off. HR typically shows you their middle finger if you ask for a market adjustment (I'm at 92% according to them, and I asked for one - they gave me %0.1 raise ... yes, that's tenth of 1 percent). Initially when they downgraded the health plan a few years ago, the physical flyers that were mailed to us read something along the lines of "the details of your health plan UPGRADE"... downright twisted. All that said, HR is making promotions beyond Staff level very difficult to impossible - good luck with that career growth if you join

    Advice to Management

    C-levels, don't be so greedy!

  8. "Multimedia Software Engineer"

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    Former Contractor - Multimedia Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - Multimedia Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    San diego is a good location . That is the only con for working in a contract position for Multimedia CDMA testing team.

    Cons

    Heavy work load
    Testers are treated the worst.
    Salary via the contract company (Calsoft) was bad.
    Same level direct qualcomm employees were paid about 90K and contract employees were paid 68K.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "software developer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Qualcomm part-time

    Pros

    nice large company good culture

    Cons

    job security and size of company


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Not a company I'd recommend working for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    Decent 401k and benefits. On-site gyms, on-site food services, most buildings are clean and modern. Industry standard vacation/holiday/sick time.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy, favoritism, and inflated job titles. Performance reviews are twice a year with a quota system that limits the # of employees per dept who can get favorable reviews/rankings, which causes poor teamwork and very unhealthy competitiveness among employees since everyone wants to get the top ranking--raises occur only during one of the two review cycles. Taking sick time seems to be widely frowned upon, so it's best to take zero sick days--sick time is sometimes used to ding a person on performance reviews.


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