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

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  1. "Aggressive company, good compensation"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Aggressively pushes forward on mobile across all areas, on cutting edge of mobile technology expansion. Lots of opportunity for top engineers to contribute and grow into technical leadership roles. Relative to other companies I have worked at, pretty non-political organization. Strong and fair compensation (based on company performance) across all tiers of engineering. Engineering centric org. Generally engineers are hard working, smart, and decent people.

    Cons

    Pace of product development and delivery can be rough on engineering. Being remote to San Diego is still a bit of an issue, although vastly less than 5 years ago. Not that good of a place for mediocre/run-of-the-mill engineers. Could use some improving on campus perks relative to other Bay Area options.

    Advice to Management

    Expand on campus perks / building layouts / etc to better match the other companies in Bay Area.


  2. "Good entry level job in Qualcomm"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - RF Test Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - RF Test Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary, working environment, training platform

    Cons

    Too concentrate on your special field, few chance to get close to other work

  3. "Qualcomm is a great company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Signing bonus, stock grants, good work culture.
    People celebrate each anniversary with Qualcomm by bring in several dozen donuts or other goodies.
    Company supplies free soft drinks and bottled water.
    The also put out various types of snacks crackers, popcorn,pretzels, various fruits and veggies.
    Company has seminars and classes often on a variety of subjects. Many of these are offered by webcast and recordings.

    Cons

    Some of the seminars and classes are offered only in the San Diego facility.

    Advice to Management

    Wherever possible, please make the seminars available via webcast.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Downward spiral"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is excellent and you really are working with the cream of the crop, best of the best, etc. The engineers and designers there are amazing.

    Cons

    The company is cutting the employees' benefits and perks a little every year. When I started a decade ago, everyone got an office, our pay was in the top %ile, insurance was top notch, there were device and education subsidies. Over time, each of these is vanishing; our salaries are median at best, our insurance is okay but not great, our device subsidies have vanished. And the list goes on. It's still an ok company to work for, but it is coasting on a previous reputation, and isn't nearly as great as it once was.

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to keep trying to attract top tier talent, you need to think about getting back to the way you had it a few years ago. Give people a reason to choose you over Google and Amazon.


  5. "Good"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Senior WLAN Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Contractor - Senior WLAN Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Its the best work place and there is never any disparity between consultants or full timers. It is employee friendly and lots of freedom at work. Its the safest company so far to work for.

    Cons

    My personal experience has been good. So i dont see much downside to it. But may be the salaries could be little more better.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it employee friendly forever :)


  6. "Device Engineer Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Current Intern - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    fun projects and lab manager is very helpful in techniques. Learned a lot and helpful for future career development. The HR is nice and organized a lot activities

    Cons

    the work load for an intern is quite a lot. they called to require preparing result summary power points at late night for a few times


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Test Technician in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - Test Technician in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They really take care of their employees. They provide free drinks to employees and are always having team building events. Some times there is even free food. The leads I worked with were very knowledgeable and helpful. Everyone was very friendly and easy to work with. I was disappointed when my contract ended. I still maintain contact with former coworkers and would go back to Qualcomm any time.

    Cons

    Most if not all entry level positions are Temp. jobs lasting one year.

    Advice to Management

    I am not sure letting go Temp employees after one year is the best strategy. It seems you are loosing valuable experience.

  8. "Best Summer Ever"

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    Former Intern - Engineering Intern in Boulder, CO
    Former Intern - Engineering Intern in Boulder, CO
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Qualcomm has a great internship program. They flew us all out and paid for our living expenses, and also flew us out to San Diego for a weekend. There is also a lot of interaction with your manager/mentor (may depend on your team) and most interns are given projects with an impact.

    Cons

    There is a good amount of bureaucracy, which is to be expected from such a large company.


  9. "Quite good"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Always on toes, with latest in market. Innovation is instilled in teams

    Cons

    you have to make concious effort for work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    none!


  10. "Really well organized"

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    Former Intern - Engineer Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Intern - Engineer Intern in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Qualcomm as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I had a great team: mentor, technical lead, and manager.
    Everyone was willing to help out. There were also tons of other interns there, so it was like being in a college town.

    Cons

    There really weren't too many cons! It is quite fast paced, but even for someone who barely could code in C, I was able to handle it.

    Advice to Management

    Not much really!


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