I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (Less than a year)
work on good technologies
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.
I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than 3 years)
Very nice and friendly colleagues and managers, very easy to communicate and offer help when needed.
Great benefits, especially the health plan
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.
I have been working at Qualcomm full-time
Strong engineering team and R&D team
Slow to make decision outside core business
I have been working at Qualcomm as a contractor (More than 3 years)
Many things can be done
Lots of management politics. Too much lay off going on.
I worked at Qualcomm as an intern
Many intern activities. Above average pay. San Diego is an awesome city to spend a summer in.
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
AWesome place to work and learn
NONE from my experience !
you can learn a lot technically
management is a little poor
I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (More than 10 years)
Awesome engineers with a great sense of work ethic and drive.
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!
I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (More than 8 years)
Still the leader in wireless tech overall..
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.
I worked at Qualcomm full-time
very organized without macro management.
too much bureaucracy to order small things.
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