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Updated July 22, 2017
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  • Work life balance has leaned more toward work in the last few years (in 334 reviews)

  • No work-life balance and highly demanding (in 73 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "All groups are not equal, beware of who your working for."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to work with cutting edge technology

    Cons

    lack of management leadership. Failure of communication to keep everyone informed on priorities.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your Sr employees about the issues and stop ignoring them. Management treats this as a problem that should go away and will not make the changes necessary to succeed.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "QUALCOMM is a ZOO!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Leading edge technology and opportunity for acquiring technical knowledge

    Cons

    Extremely long hours, rude and lousy middle and senior-level management (Dir, VP & Sr. VP level), chaotic, lack of processes, go-with-the-crowd-attitude, do not appreciate out-of-the-box thinking, don't give credit when credit is due, nepotism is in full effect! It doesn't matter if you are completely incompetent, as long as you know a senior-level manager, you will get in and you will have the doers working under you to do the job so that you can take the credit for it.

    Advice to Management

    Improve your processes so the employees don't have to work 60+ hours to get something done that could be accomplished in 40 hours. Seriously review the knowldege-base and the managemnt skills of your Sr.and VP level management. Put a STOP to the growth in your middle management. They are NOT helping your operational efficiency!! Solicit direct input from your employees on the quality of their work environment. MONEY IS NOT EVERYTHING!!!

  3. Helpful (11)

    "Get ride of politics in QCOM management and reward the value not the loosers."

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It pays the health insurance and has 15 days of vacation offered from the 1st year.

    Cons

    matrix organization, too many level of managemnt, too many politics, aftects the work and the communications

    Advice to Management

    To reorganize the middle level of management inclusive VP (who carry with them people that they know not people that perform) and get ride of politics and the vertical structure with matrix organization. This type of organization does not promote innovation, communication and makes very difficult to work within the organization. Basically you work the politics. Especially the QTC organization of program management is not based on recognition of the good work but only politics and relationship. The good job is not rewarded but only politics of who you know. I think that QCOM is just lucky to be in the position that it is now based only on the leverage of its chipsets. The middle level management of does no do any action to make people accountable on their failure promotes grapevine and politics and does not reward people that are doing a good job. All it is of how many years did you work with QCOM and who you know. Also has an unfair way of promoting people. In this very vertical and matrix organization there are many weds that are never clear up but just move from one management place to another. Half of the managers barely speak English and have no management training other the in-house training.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Middle management has too much power and upper level management looks the other way."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary and Benefits. Family life / work balance in some departments is good, some not.

    Cons

    Middle level management is too wide spread and upper management is too busy to monitor what middle management is doing.

    Advice to Management

    Must get more involved in what middle management is doing.


  5. Helpful (10)

    "Highly bureaucratic company, be vary of HR 's when you join Qualcomm."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -> You can do a lot of work without getting paid much.

    Cons

    - > Qualcomm HR is really really bad and they try to take advantage of people thats why they always go and hire people from companies who have recently laid off people because in desperate times people are ready to take up any position and at any salary, they specially do that with international's working here. I have not seen any other similar company do this.

    -> Qualcomm wants you to work all day and night and then doesn't want to reward you for it, not even a pat on the back.

    -> they have tons of directors, yes Qualcomm likes to give lofty positions to people and they have so much hierarchy in terms of positions that a person joining at a lower level feels like a useless worm here.

    -> the so called upper management never cares to talk to employees.

    -> Promotion system is totally vague and seems highly unjust.

    Advice to Management

    - > Keep an eye on what your hiring people are doing.
    -> Reward people based on their work and not if they are friends with you.
    -> For godssake talk to everyone under you once in a while at least.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Poor leadership skills engineers promoted not to lead but to push others"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Right now, stable company to work for

    Cons

    no recognition, no promotion if you do work, no promotion if you don't speak language other than english, no promotion if u don't work late even if you come at 5.00 AM, no promotion if you say NO to your lead, no promotion if you stress on quality

    Advice to Management

    Change the concept of visibility to productivity for evaluating employees. Because many are visible and get goo pie, but how much their contribution?????


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Worst nightmare ever"

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Many clubs and activities (assuming you have time to attend)
    - Decent salary
    - Good environment
    - Free drinks

    Cons

    - Life in my group was horrible.
    - Incompetent and verbally abusive management.
    - Back stabbing, mind games, stealing ideas, hiding facts from upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you know who you hire. Follow up HR issues, listen more the employees. Some of the people in high positions were probably good engineers, but they are not good managers.

  8. Helpful (12)

    "worst software practices realized"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great weather, really nice people

    Cons

    constant panic! Everything is needed now! There's little planning, no documentation, and if it can be hacked to work late at night, do it. I'd seen a dozen gotos in my career of as many years until I got to Qualcomm. If there's a way to do something that is nearly impossible to debug, that's the way it's done here. Really, this place will test your sanity.

    Advice to Management

    Quit promoting the workaholics, they manage to find the hard ways to do everything. If you do ask people to come in on the weekends, at least get some decent pizza. You wouldn't get Pizza Hut for your family, have a little respect for the poor guys trying to make you look good.


  9. Helpful (15)

    "Once economy gets a little better, most employees will leave"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Own office with door

    Cons

    1. Bad managers
    2. Backstabbing project leads
    3. Backstabbing managers
    4. Backstabbing Directors
    5. Too many employees with baggage from their former countries

    Advice to Management

    Stop giving engineers management titles and responsibilities


  10. Helpful (10)

    "I am leaving..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Trainings ( but you may not have time for them at all)
    - Good benefit
    - Job security
    - Good start for the fresh graduates

    Cons

    - No management support . You need to drive/figure out/push around solely by yourself. Management is doing nothing but taking credits. No 1on1 meeting from the direct manager for half a year.
    - Non-realistic deadlines
    - Long long hours. 60 hours per week is nothing, and you are not appreciated. You'd better working 24/7.
    - No life. You are supposed to be a machine, not a human being.
    - Does not have collaborative culture.
    - If your project lead is from another team, you are always the scapegoat for project being behind the schedule even if they were behind far before you joined in.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the mid-management people skills. Treat your engineers with more respect, and don't act as if you were their master and they were slaves. Let the engineers participate in the deadline decision.


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