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Updated March 24, 2017
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  • Work life balance is a major con (in 315 reviews)

  • No work-life balance and highly demanding (in 70 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Cost cutting, churn and trouble executing"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Pros

    1. Benefits still better than industry norm, despite significant cuts in 2016. Company chips in about $2,500 for HSA.
    2. Many employees get individual offices, although this leads to a somewhat solitary environment.
    3. San Diego location is good, although traffic has really gotten bad, almost like the SF Bay Area.
    4. Employees are pretty sharp and have a lot of technical rigor.
    5. Still maintains a semblance of the original California tech company feel, although what is left might die with the NXP merger.

    Cons

    1. Extreme cost cutting has become the norm. Even buying a $30 mouse can take a month after vetting by 4-5 people, including two bean counters, two managers and an IT guy. Any equipment over $200 could take in excess of 6 months and require approval up to CTO! It's so ridiculous it took me weeks to get a tape dispenser and I never succeeded in getting some other basic supplies.
    2. Constant churn in people and projects, including management. Projects are started and canceled almost on a monthly basis. Makes it impossible to accomplish anything, which gets taken out on the employee come review time. Your boss might leave right before review time, leaving you dead in the water.
    3. Extreme level of bureaucracy means it is hard to get any work done. Not even clear who is really in charge. Simple decisions blessed by CEO or CTO can be overruled by division leaders.
    4. Highly profitable IP licensing business (QTL) prevents company from embracing open source or other publicly available data or code. This leads to major execution problems as the world becomes increasingly tuned to shared IP.
    5. NXP acquisition is another market dominance play, trying to combine two old, slow growth companies to birth a young, fast growing firm. Seems unlikely to work and will mean jettisoning any remaining California tech firm culture.
    6. Managers practice extreme micromanagement. This lowers productivity and can make simple tasks take 3-5x longer. No real trust in the employee, even for long time VPs and directors.
    7. Company only knows how to play in its old business of licensing wireless IP and selling the corresponding chips. Lots of failed R&D investments simply because they either canceled them a year or two before the market took off, or couldn't figure out how to monetize it, even though competitors eventually were making a killing in the same spaces.

    Advice to Management

    You need a strong CEO and CTO that puts Wall Street in its place and fights the creeping effects of irrational cost cutting and quarterly capitalism. Return to a strategy of making bold investments that are forcefully executed until either success or failure is apparent. Return to valuing employees and hiring the best, not the cheapest, so that innovation stifling micromanagement is not necessary. Most of all, don't be afraid to take a risk and make an organic investment.


  2. "Staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    tech, 5g, lte, wcdma, wifi\ims

    Cons

    stressful long hours, hectic,work life balance


  3. "Brief"

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    Current Employee - Software/SYS Test Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software/SYS Test Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Immigration procedure is one of the best

    Cons

    Cash and stock bonus are not the best


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  5. "senior engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good work-life balance but downward company culture

    Cons

    Not suggested for young people working at QCOM, except you are extremely care about your family and life.

    Advice to Management

    Really need to improve management and think how to stimulus employees.


  6. "St Staff test engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    benefits, fast pace, co workers, stock

    Cons

    company has peaked and is past its prime


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Competitive, Innovative Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Supervisor in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Supervisor in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great amenities for work-life balance, including company leisure events and cafes.
    Friendly and casual atmosphere.

    Cons

    Pushes business and innovation to please shareholders, investors, and to stay ahead of competitors yet continues to reduce work force; adding more work with less people year after year. Used to be people-oriented, people-valued extraordinary company. Now it is an ordinary company that is entirely business driven. That equates to higher employment turn over rates.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the favoritism. Performance reviews are biased. Reasons given for many business decisions such as new assignment changes and process changes do not have reasonable or strategic business sense. It seems to follow whatever the Managers and above favor even if it does not make logical business sense. Stick to principles and stop changing them as you see fit. Get rid of upper management who care too much about titles and authority otherwise they will continue to foster this unhealthy management environment.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Short term contractor is not good for company"

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

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

    Pros

    Advanced new technology, team work and tight schedule

    Cons

    No hope for contractor to become regular one


  9. "Need strengthen middle level management, not in terms of numbers but quality"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    System for tracking are available

    Cons

    Managers need to be held accountable to help the managees to grow or at least provide guidance for them to grow.


  10. "Good benefit, Very hard work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    Not much. Everyone is out for themself

    Cons

    Can learn a lot from working there.

    Advice to Management

    Management is good technically. However, very pushy.


  11. "Engineer sr staff / mgr"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good compensation structure, cutting edge technology

    Cons

    too much bureaucracy across groups

    Advice to Management

    Need to start keeping empolyee's interest in decision making process.



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