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Updated October 20, 2017
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  • Work life balance was out of whack (in 354 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Status readers"

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    Current Employee - Staff Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    benefits
    work-life balance
    work on good technologies

    Cons

    too many status readers
    dont care about actual work done
    too much politics
    bad people steal your work.

    Advice to Management

    give credit and promote actual working people.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Staff hardware Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very nice and friendly colleagues and managers, very easy to communicate and offer help when needed.
    Great benefits, especially the health plan

    Cons

    Poor work- life balance, too much work on too few resources’ shoulder. People are leaving, at least partially due to the large amount of work, endless meeting, late night conference calls and etc. Meeting scheduled for 1 or 2 hour usually ends up taking more than four hours in the evening time with Asian team. Don’t expect to take fallibly responsibility such as pick up kids from school and etc if you work in the hardware ( especially the chip) team.

    When people are leaving, no new resource is in and the people retain has more in his plate, until he got burn out and also decides to leave, this forms a poor loop..

    Too complicated design flow. Even re-use an IP and doesn’t make any change, the long checking list from design review is impossible to finish during normal hours, not talking about new IP development. Mid management continues to add items on the checking list to address new poped up bugs in product, without adding new resource, they just want to make sure new items are added that can catch the bug, don’t care how much more execution work added on engineers. And they don’t ever consider some items on the check list is not necessary and can be removed/replaces by the new added ones. The results are the list getting longer and longer, engineers who execute the work are more and more overloaded, until burn out.

    Compensation is, if not poor, at least not good. Compensation is competitive if compared with average semiconductor industry, but since Qualcomm looks itself as tier one semiconductor company, HR should compare the compensation with top companies such as Apple, Broadcom, TI and etc. Before joining QCOM, I worked for another large IC company in a low cost state, my first year package after graduation is more than the first year at Qcom, when I already have couple years experience. Ironic, right? At 2015 year end, after one year hard working, bonus is only 3 digit number, yes, you read correctly... this is in San Diego, a high living cost place.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify the engineering flow or hire more resource
    Reduce the number of meetings, and accurately control the meeting time.
    Raise compensation to the level that tier one IC company pays
    CEO seems quite technical but lacks business vision.

  3. Helpful (1)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    Strong engineering team and R&D team

    Cons

    Slow to make decision outside core business


  4. "Not a good place to work"

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    Current Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many things can be done

    Cons

    Lots of management politics. Too much lay off going on.


  5. "Great Intern Program, Poor Internal Management"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in San Diego, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm as an intern

    Pros

    Many intern activities. Above average pay. San Diego is an awesome city to spend a summer in.

    Cons

    Intern Project depends on teams. Some could be trivial.
    Traditional work environment. The only thing free is coffee.
    Too many meetings.
    Lack of drive among employees.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the bureaucracy


  6. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    AWesome place to work and learn

    Cons

    NONE from my experience !


  7. "good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    you can learn a lot technically

    Cons

    management is a little poor

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Director, Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Awesome engineers with a great sense of work ethic and drive.

    Cons

    Too much politics, company embroiled in 1 legal issue after the next.
    Senior mgmt have all grown within QC. They haven't seen anything else. Company could use some fresh talent. A bunch of very senior "coasters" at the top!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Been steadily dropping"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Still the leader in wireless tech overall..

    Cons

    1) Politics is growing steadily worse the past few years (ever since the layoffs)
    2) Growth is extremely limited (once you get to staff engineer level), since you really can't switch to different projects without taking a substantial hit in the promotional timeline.
    3) They do not salary/benefits match with a different job offer.
    4) Way too rigid structure..
    5) Benefits now are middle of the road.


  10. "Staff DSP Engineer"

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    very organized without macro management.

    Cons

    too much bureaucracy to order small things.


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